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  • California Doubling: Subverted. Baywatch was mostly set on LA County beaches, where most of if was actually filmed.
  • Career Resurrection: David Hasselhoff was a big star on Knight Rider, but he was in some forgettable roles during the late '80s. Starring on Baywatch rocketed him back into the spotlight.
  • The Cameo: Hasselhoff will appear in The Movie. Pamela Anderson initially turned down a role in the movie, but agreed after being offered more money.
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  • Cast the Expert: Michael "Newmie" Newman, the only real lifeguard on the show (and likely one of the few actors who could actually swim like a pro). He originally worked behind the scenes as a technical advisor before being added to the main cast, while still continuing his technical advice duties.
  • Channel Hop: Debuted on NBC and lasted one season, then found a new life in syndication lasting 10 years. Also applies behind the scenes, as the NBC version was produced by GTG Entertainment (short for Grant Tinker-Gannettnote ), while The Baywatch Production Company (later Tower 12 Productions) did the syndicated one.
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  • Colbert Bump: Baywatch's ratings skyrocketed after the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee was made available online.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • The show's original executive producers from NBC once said in an interview that Baywatch should never have been a show as they believed that lifeguards are not interesting enough to write good stories around.
    • Whenever a cast member left the series, nine out of ten times one of their reasons for leaving would be that they didn't think the show or its writing was very good. Most notable was Kelly Slater, who openly criticized the show and demanded to be written out after reading the script for the episode "Tentacles", which had him fighting a giant octopus that steals surfboards.
    • David Hasselhoff wanted Baywatch to be a family show hated the more lewd aspects the show became famous for. To this day, refuses to admit that Baywatch was anything but wholesome.
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    • David Hasselhoff thought Baywatch Nights was a dumb name, originally wanting to name the spin-off Santa Monica Nights, and would mockingly suggest in interviews that they could make new spin-offs called Baywatch Mornings or Baywatch Afternoons.
  • Dawson Casting: 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.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • "Come Fly With Me", directed by David Hasselhoff.
    • Numerous episodes were directed by Parker Stevenson (who played Craig).
  • Fan Nickname: Babewatch, for the show itself.
  • Fake American: Pamela Anderson is Canadian, David Charvet is French.
  • Follow the Leader: Baywatch Nights infamous shift from a detective show to supernatural investigation was due to the showrunners deciding to imitate Buffy the Vampire Slayer after the Nights' first season flopped.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • During the first season, many members of the cast worried that John Allen Nelson, the most well built actor on the show, would steal screen time from them and ostracized him for it. Ironically, the show would indeed focus on fanservice and most of the original cast would be fired or Demoted to Extra.
    • The producers were not above bullying and harassing members of the cast to ensure that they maintain their figures. When Yasmine Bleeth struggled with her weight, production staff put up a poster of her by the crafts service table reading: If you see this woman next to this table, please make sure you shun her away.
    • During their marriage, Tommy Lee would often be on set with Pamela Anderson and would often throw destructive fits when she had to kiss other men on the show, requiring security to remove him. While not to the extent of Lee, Billy Warlock was also reportedly somewhat possessive of his then fiancee Erika Eleniak, disliking her publicly wearing a swimsuit and having to interact with other men on the show.
  • Old Shame:
    • 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.
    • Nicole Eggert didn't realize what type of show Baywatch was when she signed on, thinking it'd be akin to something like Beverly Hills, 90210. She quickly grew frustrated with the low writing quality and the absurd amount of Fanservice, the latter of which caused her to develop self-esteem and body image issues. She eventually asked to be let out of her contract before the show could damage her career any further, though she did later come back for the reunion movie.
    • 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.
    • Averted for both David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • 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 The A-Team and Battlestar Galactica fame), but Benedict was replaced by Jim McMullan in Season 4.
    • Mitch's brother Buzz was played by Tim Thomerson in Season 2 and by John Beck in Season 4.
  • Out of Order:
    • A particularly bad one: Stephanie's latest boyfriend, Dr. Tom Morella, discovered Stephanie had skin cancer in "Bash at the Beach", but in the very next aired episode, "Free Fall", which was a holdover from season 5, Stephanie and Dr. Morella first meet.
    • "Forbidden Paradise", originally written for season 5 and debuting on VHS in 1995, later debuted on TV as a two-parter in 1996. This is awkward if you're watching in airdate order on DVD, since the episode still featured Matt as a regular character, despite that David Charvet had left the show by that point.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Season 1 used "Save Me" by Peter Cetera, while the rest of the series used the iconic "I'm Always Here" by 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 Hasselhoff, 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.
  • Recycled Script:
    • "Livin' on the Fault Line" has the same earthquake plot of "The End?", right down to putting the cast in the exact same dangerous situations and even reusing footage from the earlier episode.
    • There are several different episodes where a character has prophetic dreams about a coming catastrophe. Said precognitive abilities are almost never mentioned again.
  • Similarly Named Works:
    • Two episodes have the title "Homecoming".
    • The twelfth episodes of Season 1 and Season 2 are both titled "Reunion".
  • Sleeper Hit: 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.
  • Star-Making Role: For Pamela Anderson. Before she joined the show, she was somewhat well-known as a Playboy Playmate and as the Tool Time Girl from Home Improvement, but her role on Baywatch turned her into a household name and one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1990s.
  • Those Two Actors: For the movie, Alexandra Daddario played Dwayne Johnson's daughter in San Andreas; meanwhile, she and Priyanka Chopra respectively voiced the Wasp and Ms. Marvel in Avengers Academy.
  • Troubled Production:
    • The pilot episode was shot in January, making the water so cold that they had to move production to Hawaii where the water was filled with sharks. During the first season, the beach the show took place on was overly polluted, requiring medics on set. There was once even a sewage spill that John Allen Nelson had to quickly swim away from.
    • Nicole Eggbert and Alexandra Paul once found a dead body with a gunshot wound during filming.
  • Tuckerization: Caroline Holden to cast member Alexandra "Stephanie Holden" Paul, whose real-life twin sister is also named Caroline.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In spite of its cheesiness (or perhaps because of it) Baywatch was an iconic 1990s television show. Pamela Anderson in her red one-piece swimsuit is one of the most recognized sex symbols of that decade. The show was also widely parodied, from Saturday Night Live to Son of the Beach
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.
    • NBC wanted to fire Erika Eleniak after she appeared in Playboy, but due to the show moving into syndication and focusing more on sex appeal, she was kept on until she left in Season 3.
    • A young Leonardo DiCaprio was nearly cast as Hobie, but David Hasselhoff complained that Mitch having a visibly teenage son would make him seem too old.
    • Neve Campbell auditioned for a role on the show, but was rejected by the casting manager because he felt she was too pale. Denise Richards, Alicia Silverstone, Sandra Bullock, and Paula Abdul also auditioned for the show but were passed over.
    • David Hasselhoff seemingly wanted Baywatch Nights to have little to no connection to the main show during its early production. He originally envisioned the show as reboot of Peter Gunn but failed to secure the rights. After that, he wanted to name the show Santa Monica Nights but had to rename it to include the Baywatch brand at the producers' insistence.
    • After California productions costs got too high, the producers wanted to move to Avalon Beach in Australia and rename the show Baywatch Down Under. However, locals worried that the show's presence would disrupt the area's ecosystem and got the government to barred them from filming in the area. The show then moved to Hawaii and rebranded the show as Baywatch Hawaii.
  • Write What You Know: 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.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • AJ Langer guest starred as Caroline in "The Trophy" (a girl who files a False Rape Accusation against Eddie), and a few seasons later as a multi-named character in "Guys & Dolls" (a teenage scam artist working with her father).
    • Daniel Quinn played Eddie's vengeful former friend Jimmy in "Second Wave" and Mitch's disabled buddy Eric in "The Trophy" from the following season.
    • Buzz Belmondo briefly appeared in "The Fabulous Buchannon Boys" as a huckster named Eduardo and in "War of Nerves" as a chef named Vito, before becoming a recurring character in Season 3 as Gudio.
    • 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.
    • Loren Avedon played a baddie in "Princess of Tides" and the main villain in "Kicks" the following year.
    • And Kelly Packard played two different girls on two separate two-parters (in 1991 and 1995) before landing the role of April in 1997.
    • Dorian Gregory appeared as an extra in "Money Honey" and later appeared in Baywatch Nights as Diamont Teague, one of the main characters.
    • Lou Rawls played Garner's informant Ozzie in "Lifeguards Can't Jump," and later played a major role in the first season of Baywatch Nights as nightclub owner Lou Raymond.
    • Angela Visser played a Dutch housekeeper with a crush on Mitch in "Island of Adventure" and a Dutch woman who became utterly devoted to Matt after he saved her life in "Someone to Baywatch Over You."
    • Alexandra Paul returned in "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding", but not as Stephanie (for obvious reasons).
    • Blake Gibbons played Eddie's schizophrenic brother Bobby in the Season 2 episode "Shark's Cove," and then recurred in Season 5 as Stephanie's boyfriend Riley.
    • 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.
    • Michelle Williams played Bridget in "Race Against Time: Part 1" and an uncredited groupie in Hobie's Imagine Spot from "Second Time Around".

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