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Son of the Beach is a 2000-02 comedy series that aired on FX, which was more or less a satire of Baywatch. It focused on world-renowned lifeguard Notch Johnson (played by Timothy Stack), who was to this show what David Hasselhoff was to the original. Howard Stern was the show's executive producer.

The show poked fun at the genre in general, particularly the non-stop T&A and sexual content, by cranking it up to eleven.

This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Mayor Massengil is this towards Chip.
  • The Ahnold: Chip Rommel, the lifeguard played by Roland Kickinger, was a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kickinger eventually played the young Schwarzenegger in the made-for-TV Biopic See Arnold Run, and also appeared in Terminator Salvation.
  • "Angry Black Man" Stereotype: Mercury Lincoln, from "It's a Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World", because he threatens to sue for discrimination if he doesn't get the job, even though he can't swim. He got the job due to being the only one left standing, but he didn’t want it.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Notch is trying to infiltrate a porn ring.
    Notch: Here's my head-shot... and here's a picture of my face.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Just as much as the genre it was ridiculing.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Porcelain starred in a film called 'Mule on Rouge' which is exactly what is says on the tin.
  • Brainless Beauty: B.J.
    • Chip, arguably.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mayor Massengil was dropped from the show when the actress playing her became pregnant.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: At the end of "It's a Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World", a kid calls Notch a "lady" because of his Inverted Penis Syndrome.
  • "Everybody Dies" Ending: The final scene of the final episode ("Bad News Mr Johnson") sees the entire cast blown up when the bad guy fires a rocket launcher at them.
  • Fanservice: Lots and lots and lots...of fanservice.
    • And a few Fan Disservices. Special mention going to the flabby Notch Johnson dancing around in a thong.
  • Freudian Excuse: In "It's a Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World", Digger murders beautiful women he accuses of being sluts, because his mom was a stripper.
  • Genius Cripple: Professor Milosevic, an expy of Stephen Hawking.
  • Gold Digger: Porcelain Bidet, who is constantly scheming to flirt, sleep or marry herself into a fortune or an acting career.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Professor Milosovic started out as an antagonist wanting revenge on Notch for his current condition.
  • Informed Attractiveness: In a deliberate parody everyone on the show apart from Kimberlee regards Notch as the hottest guy on Earth. Meanwhile the viewers can plainly see that he is out-of-shape, pasty white, middle-aged and balding.
    • Even Kimberlee and Massengil are pining for him.
    Notch: Welcome, lifeguard recruits. Unfortunately only one of you is gonna land in my unit. And that's tough, because you're obviously the best America has to offer.
  • Naked People Are Funny
  • Only Sane Woman: Kimberlee, who was the only one that seemed to realize how goofy everyone else on the show acted.
  • Parody Sue: Everybody is contstantly shilling Notch's beauty and superhero-like abilities.
  • Punny Name: B.J. Cummings (parodying C.J. Parker from Baywatch). Supposedly got the nickname from her "high school football team".
  • Raging Stiffie: In "It's a Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World", Chip gains one while the gang search for the murderer at a nude beach. Of course, we don't see it, but Notch tells Chip to stop bumping into him even though he's only a feet away.
    Chip: I can't help it! It's the barenaked ladies!
    • In the episode where an elderly Japanese man (played by George Takei) reads the events of the episode in a book, his grandson gains one at a part about Kimberlee then it shrinks down at a squick-y part.
  • Shout-Out: In "It's a Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World", Jamaica said "I see dead people".
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: Chip tries this to get rid of the major.
  • Teeny Weenie: Notch. In a parody of And Knowing Is Half the Battle during the credits, a kid calls Notch a woman.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: You wonder how a great guy like Tim Stack can play someone as revolting as Notch Johnson.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Notch and Kimberlee.
  • Virgin Power: B.J. is emphasized to be a virgin.