YMMV / Baywatch

  • Awesome Music: That theme song(the piano solo is pretty awesome).
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Without a doubt, the thing Baywatch is most-remembered for is slow-motion shots of attractive lifeguards (both male and female) running across the beach on their way to rescue a civilian in need.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Why else do you think the series got a complete DVD release (and "Baywatch Nights" too) in Germany and not the U.S.?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "The Life You Save" features the Baywatch team facing a 25% budget cut, which would of course mean some of the lifeguards would be reduced to working part-time hours. This was in 1994. Watching the episode again today, in the midst of one of the worst financial crises ever, it's eerie how it's even MORE relevant.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "A Little Help" has CJ training for a dancing competition, which doesn't end too well for her. (See Wardrobe Malfunction on the main page.) 17 years later, Pamela Anderson competed in the Fall 2012 season of Dancing with the Stars...and was the first one eliminated.
  • Hype Backlash: While the show was wildly popular across the globe during the '90s, it recently made the #21 spot in TV Guide's Top 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Pamela Anderson famously stated (paraphrasing) that the show wasn't high art, and wasn't trying to be, so you should just enjoy it for what it is.
    Pamela: Everyone loved Baywatch. If the sound was off.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Plots? Who cares about the plots or subplots? Just show us the slow-motion shots of the lifeguards running with their boards. And the pecs and bouncing jugs.
  • Memetic Mutation: Oh, those red lifeguard swimsuits and trunks. And that orange thing they always carry.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Its sexuality actually looks rather quaint and conservative these days.
  • Spiritual Successor: USA Network's "Pacific Blue". Except the show starred beach cops instead of lifeguards.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: When Garner rides his horse in "Sky Rider", the music that accompanies it is suspiciously similar to "William Tell Overture".
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Joey from "Silent Night, Baywatch Night". Doesn't help that Joey is a gender neutral name.
  • What an Idiot: How Mitch didn't catch onto Gwen and Mattie being the same person (until it was too late) in "Mirror, Mirror" is beyond belief.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Jason in "Shattered".
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Richard Jaeckel played Mitch's old mentor who dies in the Pilot Movie; and starting in the 2nd season, Lieutenant (later Captain) Ben Edwards.
    • Nancy Valen had a small part in the Pilot Movie, many years before getting cast as Captain Samantha Thomas in the 7th season.
    • Jeff Altman first appears as Fred Rachins, a guy who wants to be a lifeguard, in "The Drowning Pool", then as a man on his honeymoon in "Lifeguards Can't Jump", but later appears as a completely different character, a Hollywood movie producer, in "Rescue Bay". He later appears in "Scorcher", playing secret service agent Dudley Dawson, and AGAIN in three 1998 episodes, playing medical supply salesman Ed Symes. Sure are a lot of guys running around L.A. that look exactly like the same man, aren't there?
    • Similarly, Jennifer Campbell first appeared as a biker named Jessie Majors in "Point Doom", before later being the third actress to portray Neely.
    • And Kelly Packard played two different girls on two separate two-parters (in 1991 and 1995) before landing the role of April in 1997.
    • Alexandra Paul returned in "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding", but not as Stephanie (for obvious reasons).
    • John O'Hurley played Fred Adler the dockmaster in "Masquerade", and later played Bill Cooper in "Red Wind". He also appeared as a villain in the Baywatch Nights episode "Bad Blades".
    • Heather Campbell, who played Neely for one episode, later appeared in Baywatch Nights as a phone sex operator.
    • Carmen Electra played a character named Candy in an episode of Baywatch Nights before playing Lani in Baywatch proper.