* ActorAllusion: In "Nevermore", C.J. tells Cody, "Don't call me babe.", which Creator/PamelaAnderson frequently said in the previous year's ''Film/BarbWire''.
** Listen carefully to the dialog that ends "Rescue Bay". The group starts talking about syndication, and someone mentions ''Series/KnightRider'', another David Hasselhoff production.
** Mitch also mentions ''Series/KnightRider'' in "Sweet Dreams"; he asks a baby that he's babysitting if he wants to watch it.
** Caroline Holden to cast member Alexandra "Stephanie Holden" Paul, whose real-life twin sister is also named Caroline
* CareerResurrection: David Hasselhoff was a big star on ''Series/KnightRider'', but he was in some forgettable roles during the late '80s. Starring on ''Baywatch'' rocketed him back into the spotlight.
* TheCameo: Hasselhoff will appear in TheMovie. Pamela Anderson has also revealed that she was offered a role in the film, but is undecided whether or not to accept.
* CastTheExpert: Michael "Newmie" Newman, the only real lifeguard on the show (and likely one of the few actors who could actually swim like a pro).
* ChannelHop: Debuted on NBC and lasted one season, then found a new life in syndication lasting 10 years.
* DawsonCasting: Nicole Eggert and David Charvet were both 20 when they began playing Summer and Matt, who were in high school at the start of syndicated season 2. Not too bad, but it still technically falls into this trope.
** Meanwhile, Billy Warlock was already 28 when he started to play 18-year-old Eddie Kramer in the first season.
* DirectedByCastMember: "Come Fly With Me", directed by Creator/DavidHasselhoff.
** Numerous episodes were directed by Parker Stevenson (who played Craig).
* FanNickname: Babewatch, for the show itself.
* FakeAmerican: Pamela Anderson is Canadian, David Charvet is French.
* NamesTheSame: Two episodes have the title "Homecoming".
* OldShame:
** For Erika Eleniak (and other cast members).
** In early 2016, Donna D'Erico became a born-again Christian. She now regrets her role on ''Baywatch'' and has said that she'll never again appear in roles that require her to wear a swimsuit or other revealing attire.
** Kelly Slater never really wanted to be an actor, and only did ''Baywatch'' because his manager convinced him it'd be a career boost. In a 2014 interview, he revealed that he frequently clashed with the writers over the quality of the scripts, which was one of the reasons he eventually asked to be written out of the show for good.
** While not ''quite'' as negative as some of the other cast members, Jason Momoa has said that the show's cheesy reputation really hurt his career and made it very difficult for him to find work for a long time.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Hobie was first played by Brandon Call on the NBC episodes, then by Jeremy Jackson in syndication.
** The character of Neely Capshaw was played by ''three'' different actresses, believe it or not. The most famous one was Gena Lee Nolin, who portrayed her from syndicated seasons 6 to 8. But she was also played by Heather Campbell in her debut appearance, syndicated season 5's finale, "Wet and Wild". In syndicated season 9, Nolin was replaced by Jennifer Campbell.
** Matt's dad was originally played by Dirk Benedict (of ''Series/TheATeam'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' fame), but Benedict was replaced by [=Jim McMullan=] in Season 4.
* RealSongThemeTune: Season 1 used "Save Me" by [[{{Music/Chicago}} Peter Cetera]], while the rest of the series used the iconic "I'm Always Here" by [[{{Music/Survivor}} Jimi Jameson]], a reorchestrated instrumental of which was used for the first season of Baywatch Hawaii; the second used "Let Me Be the One" by Fiji and Glenn Medeiros.
** The Seasons 2-4 end theme was "Current of Love" by David Hassehoff, who joined Laura Branigan for the Season 5 end theme, "I Believe". Seasons 6-10 used an instrumental of "I'm Always Here", the second Hawaii season using an instrumental of the main theme.
** The DVD's replaced "Save Me" with "Above the Waterline" by Kim Carnes, while "I'm Always Here" was replaced by "Strong Enough" by Evan Olson. Generic music replaced the end themes.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Film.TheMatrix Carrie-Anne Moss]] is in an episode as a woman with a SplitPersonality.
** Creator/MilaKunis appears in two episodes as two different little girls.
** Creator/DavidSpade appeared as a ''heavy'' of all things.
** Creator/BryanCranston as a yacht driver with a drinking problem.
** Creator/MariskaHargitay as a spoiled rich girl.
** Hobie hanged out with Creator/CharismaCarpenter in one episode.
** Creator/JasonMomoa as rookie lifeguard [[TheDanza Jason]] Ioane during the final two seasons as ''Baywatch Hawaii''
** Nicole Eggert was previously Jamie Powell on ''Series/CharlesInCharge''.
** Brandon Call later went on to play J.T. Lambert on ''Series/StepByStep''.
* SleeperHit: According to the executive producers, the pilot movie "Panic at Malibu Pier" was one of the few made-for-TV movies which actually got higher ratings in repeats than it did initially.
* StarMakingRole: For Pamela Anderson. Before she joined the show, she was somewhat well-known as a Playboy Playmate and as the Tool Time Girl from ''Series/HomeImprovement'', but her role on ''Baywatch'' turned her into a household name and one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1990s.
* ThoseTwoActors: For the movie, Creator/AlexandraDaddario played Creator/DwayneJohnson's daughter in ''Film/SanAndreas''; meanwhile, she and Creator/PriyankaChopra respectively voiced the Wasp and Ms. Marvel in ''VideoGame/AvengersAcademy''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Reportedly, David Hasselhoff was against casting Pamela Anderson on the show because he was afraid that her large breasts would draw attention away from the other cast members. But he was overruled.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: A couple of the people working on the show, most notably co-creator and co-executive producer Gregory Bonann, were lifeguards in real life and used their experiences as plotlines on the show.
* YouLookFamiliar: AJ Langer guest starred as Caroline in "The Trophy" (a girl who files a FalseRapeAccusation against Eddie), and a few seasons later as a multi-named character in "Guys & Dolls" (a teenage scam artist working with her father).