- Awesome Music: That theme song(the piano solo is pretty awesome).
- 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.?
- It was also extremely popular in the United Kingdom as well. In fact, when NBC canceled the program due to low ratings, London Weekend Television stepped in to help save it. At that time, the show had aided ITV (London Weekend had the weekend ITV franchise in London and most of the Home Counties) to regain the ratings war from The BBC in its time slot.
- 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.
- Recycled Script: "The Incident" is more or less "Submersion" except with Caroline in Mitch's place, no Morton's Fork, and with Caroline undergoing a temporary lifestyle and attitude change due to her guilt of being unaware that there were five people in trouble, not four.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- 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".