Baywatch (1989–2001)

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Television series about a cadre of attractive lifeguards who patrol a crowded recreational beach.

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Series cast summary:
 Mitch Buchannon (221 episodes, 1989-2000)
 Hobie Buchannon / ... (159 episodes, 1991-1999)
 Michael 'Newmie' Newman (151 episodes, 1989-2000)
 C.J. Parker / ... (111 episodes, 1992-1997)
 Brad / ... (96 episodes, 1992-1999)
 Garner Ellerbee / ... (94 episodes, 1989-1998)
 Stephanie Holden / ... (93 episodes, 1992-1997)


This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded resort beach. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baywatch Hawaii  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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(241 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Neve Campbell auditioned for the series but the casting director turned her down because he thought she was too pale. Alicia Silverstone and Denise Richards were also turned for roles as well. See more »


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(end title song, 1994-)
Written by John Lewis Parker and B.A. Robertson
Performed by David Hasselhoff and Laura Branigan
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19 October 2002 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

For starters,I liked the first "Baywatch" series when it premiered on NBC-TV from 1989-1991,and from there when straight into syndication for the next 10 years(1991-2001)and this where the show ended up on one of TV Guide's 10 worst TV shows of all time,and here's why..........

1. You have superstud David Hasselhoff(whom I liked as Michael on "Knight Rider"),and others plastic silicons which killed the series which spun off two installments("Baywatch Nights" and "Baywatch Hawaii") under the production standards of Mr. Hasselhoff himself(whom serves as executive producer of the both spin offs as well as this series).

2. ONLY on Baywatch could oceans filled with inept swimmers be watched over by lifeguards who ran in slow motion(and swam out to save them on the same formational shot).

3. Not only it was an action packed show,but this sea-foam saga of a part soap opera of one-dimensional personalities with multidimensional bodies was,for a while,the world's most popular show(not in my book it ain't)which says more about the world than most of us care to know.

4. The show made Hasselhoff an international status(which he rocketed "Baywatch" to the number #1 most watched show in several countries due to huge ratings overseas---but did you know its biggest audience was in Germany and Sweden?)and made stars of Yasmine Bleeth, Gena Lee Nolin,Erika Elenak,Alexandria Paul,Anna Smith(yes,Anna Nicole Smith)and the Queen of Junk TV,Pamela Anderson-Lee who acted as a human floation device during some of the episodes.

For one,producers are trying their best to bring this back too...WHY? The most recent was bringing it to the big screen as well and also a made for TV-Movie. LETS HOPE THEY DON'T!

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