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Phenomenon

Author: fuk_yeee from Belfast, Northern Ireland
23 April 2004

In 1989 are TV screens were graced with a show about beautiful lifeguards patrolling a California beach, so the theme of the show was reasonable and most of the actors were also acceptable. In 1989 we saw the first lifeguards (of many) to grace the Baywatch shores, Shauni McClain (Erika Eleniak), Eddie Kramer (Billy Warlock), Jill Riley (Shawn Weatherly) a few others which never lasted and of course Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff). Basically the pilot episode is not to be missed it is full of action, excitment and seduction and episodes from Season 1-3 were pretty good.

However Baywatch had alreayd lost three primary characters Shauni, Eddie and Jill all left the show within the first three seasons, although Baywatch did have an epiphany and that was to hire Pamela Anderson (CJ Parker), at the start Pamela's character was brilliant and she carried the show easily along with other newly hired characters Summer Quinn (Nicole Eggert), Matt Brody (David Charvet) and Stephanie Holden (Alexandra Paul) from 92-95 all the characters stayed until Summer and Matt suddenly left Baywatch but luckily Baywatch fans were given relief when Caroline Holden (Yasmine Bleeth) joined the show (clearly the best actress). The show continued to go on well with David trailing behind in every episode along with Hobie (Jeremy Jackson) and Steph's death was brilliant as well, the show was still good in 95 when they hired bad girl Neely Capshaw (Gena Lee Nolin) who corupted everyone on Baywatch lives with her manipulation and seduction.

In 96 a big error was made Pamela and Yasmine's contracts were up and both girls wanted to do something else, I think Pamela's head did become a bit big during the end as Yasmine did guest appear in many episodes before finally being wrote out of the show unlike Pamela. The show hired 7 new actresses/lifeguards to fill the void left by both Donna Martin (Donna D'errico), Jordan (Traci Bingham), Samantha Thomas (Nancy Valen), April Giminski (Kelly Packard), Lani McKenzie (Carmen Electra), Taylor Walsh (Angelica Bridges) and Skylar Bergman (Marilece Andrada) were all hired to try and fill the void and granted most of them were reasonably good actresses however they only last a year on the show before all apart from April leaving Baywatch.

When they all did in 98, in 99 the show once again suffered a blow when Gena Lee also left and they brought it Jesse Owens (Brooke Burns) and Alex Ryker (Mitzi Kapture), Mitzi was brilliant and really helped the show but not enough as they relocated to Baywatch Hawaii and she got out while she could. Baywatch Hawaii ran for two seasons with a few good actors and actresses including Krista Allen, Brande Roderick and a few others but finally folded.

BEST ACTRESSES: YASMINE BLEETH, MITZI KAPTURE, GENA LEE NOLIN BEST ACTORS: NONE THEY WERE ALL CRAP

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Show was good

Author: (kimmy2000_80)
12 August 2003

This show was a good show. Too bad it had to end in 2001, but at least they made the Hawaiian Wedding Movie which was great too. it had a lot of great actors and actresses in it and some of the songs they played were actually good. Recommended to anyone who loves babes, beaches, lifeguarding, sand, sun, and a lot more. I give this a 10/10. Hope there will be another reunion show/movie in the near future.

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from a lost age

Author: Armand from Romania
10 July 2014

sand, beautiful boys and girls, not real credible stories, few family/sentimental problems, love, courage, heroes, few crumbs of crime, high noble duty and, sure, David Hasselhoff again and again. after so many years, it represents only fragments of memories. and that is enough because, out of eroticism and childish situations, nothing does it interesting. but, like the old toys, it has a kind of charm who preserves a honorable status. because its not complicated ingredients was perfect escape tools from every day pressure. because it represents a kind of open window and a place from exotic but useful fairy tale. a long chain of scenes and dialogs, a nice music creates between its viewers . and that fact could be the only important thing about it. because, in a lost age, it was a phenomenon.

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Beach, women, sex and drama

6/10
Author: chmpgnrose from United States
1 December 2013

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The 1990's era is not complete without this very popular TV syndication show of beach, women, and all the drama. Eleven years this show ran in syndication with worldwide recognition. Many actors and actresses are not equipped or experienced in acting or filming but are there to fill the void. I enjoyed the first two seasons with the original cast. Eddie and Shauni were always my favorite couple as they have true love. After these two actors' departure I've lost interest in the show. Throughout the entire show's run the stunts and explosions were dangerous portraying crime on the beach, which I am surprised how actors and extras were not hurt. As the seasons grew onward, the cast changed with many actors coming and going that it became too many for the last few seasons. The show's plot became too much drama for forty eight (48) minutes.

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'Baywatch Hawaii,' What The Original 'Baywatch' Should Have Been

8/10
Author: chow913 from United States
2 October 2013

Who can forget 'Baywatch?' 45 minutes of bad writing, bad acting, and glorious glorious silicone! The series was about much more than just silicone T and A, it was about... Well OK, that is what the show was all about.

I recently saw 'Baywatch Hawaii' AKA 'Baywatch' seasons 10 & 11. I was pleasantly surprised to see it's a dramatic improvement over the original series.

While IMDb insists on linking the two shows as mere the same series, they're WRONG! Why are they two distinct series? Well, they weren't written produced or directed by the same crew, took place thousands of miles apart, they only shared 2 of the same characters (if that), and most importantly their swim uniforms were two different colors! In fact the series began anew, just like many other famous shows like, 'Valerie,' 'Charles In Charge,' 'Lucy,' '8 Simple Rules For Dating My Daughter,' 'LA Law,' 'The Partridge Family,' 'Super Boy,' and many more after losing 90% of their cast and even the death of their title character the series valiantly continued on as if nothing had changed.

While the series CLAIMED to star David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchanan in reality it he only made cameos. Much like 'The X-Files' claimed to star Gillian Anderson even after she left the series.

Mitch's departure was the best thing to ever happen to Baywatch! The real story of the show centered around an elite lifeguard training center in Hawaii. It's exact location was never made clear as each week the character were assigned to new beaches on new island. The constantly changing scenery really enhanced both the look and story lines.

The main character was Jesse (Brooke Burns) by far the most glorious of all the Baywatch models and actually an interesting character. The rest of the cast was mostly silicone free. A surprising change from the original series.

The production quality, story lines, and most importantly the acting was far better than the original series, which meant it was still just barely acceptable.

Unfortunately things really went down hill in Hawaii the 2nd season (or what IMDb calls 11th season) Jesse leaves! And Playmate Brandy Roderick takes over alone with some more silicone gals. So sad to see the dream of 'Baywatch Hawaii' die.

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Fresh and funny

10/10
Author: John from Spain
16 July 2013

Baywatch is a fresh and funny series about a group of lifeguards in the California coast. Most of the time it takes place in beautiful California beaches, you can enjoy everyday life, love stories, action and thriller. Many episodes also happen on the open sea on board of all kind of ships, and even in the mountains, caves, and the city. You can enjoy seeing beautiful landscapes in the nature.

Most movies from the eighties look awful nowadays but Baywatch is still interesting 15 years later, it's worth seeing it. I guess it has low rating because many old-fashioned people hate watching beautiful bodies, in the beach most people walk without much clothes, and some people are looking for convoluted movies for self- considered intelligent. Baywatch is just a relaxing story, it's kind of beauty, nature and body building. But not as other superficial series. The plot and dialogs are also interesting. Most episodes are self- contained, but there is also a global story and you can see how some actors leave the series other new ones appear and all get older. There is a main character, Mitch Buchannon, the leader of the lifeguards.

The only negative critics I can tell is that Baywatch was very successful and maybe they made too many seasons and some episodes are a little bit too much sentimental and cloying, specially because of Stephanie Holden, she has always a boring face and she is absolutely no sexy. Baywatch tries to teach young people to protect and love nature. The main audience could be young people but all the family would enjoy it.

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Bathing Beauties Galore In Baywatch

7/10
Author: Desertman84 from United States
16 September 2012

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Baywatch is an action/drama TV series about the beauteous Los Angeles County Lifeguards,who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California.It stars David Hasselhoff.The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999, sans the 1990–1991 season, during which it was not in production. From 1999 to 2001, with a setting change and large cast overhaul, it was known as Baywatch Hawaii.A trademark of the show was slow motion shots of the lifeguards running, most notably done by Erika Eleniak, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Alexandra Paul, and David Charvet along with Hasselhoff during the height of the show. Each show would feature one or two montages, often only superficially related to the plot.

The show revolved around the work of a team of lifeguards and their interpersonal relationships, with plots usually centering on dangers related to beach and other activities pertinent to beach lifestyle. Everything from earthquakes and shark attacks to serial killers and even nuclear bombs served as plot conflicts on the show. Saving people from drowning tended to be one of the most typical situations used in the shows.

One of the most important element that this show has is that many bathing beauties galore from the hot cast and extras.I think that the it became popular more because of this rather than the script,plot,characters and action/adventure that it has to offer to the TV viewer.And most of all,it was made for the TV viewer to titillate rather than to watch a good TV show.

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Good to watch babes in bikinis

7/10
Author: Maniac-9 from St. Louis, MO
4 February 2012

Baywatch showed the exploits of a bunch of Los Angeles County Lifeguards. Granted most of them were super hot babes who just happened to be the lifeguards, but who's complaining? The main character throughout the course of the show was Mitch Buchanon who's a veteran Lifeguard and former Navy SEAL.

Just about every episode they would do about a 10 minute montage of them driving around on jet skis, dunebuggies and whatever to kill time. With all the fluff of the show it still made an effort to show lifeguards in a positive life and what they do on a daily basis to save the lives of people on their stretch of the beach.

One of the most popular lifeguards in the course of Baywatch was C.J. Parker played by Pamela Anderson.

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Entertaining crap

5/10
Author: krycek19 from Denmark
4 March 2011

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I'ts a guilty pleasure to watch Baywatch.

But gorgeous babes and good music aside, a lot in this show sucked.

Each episode last 40 minutes but they only have a plot for 25 sometimes 30 minutes. To fill out the void they showed music videos for a total time of ten minutes per episode. And the scenes with Mitch and Hobie were often sugarcoated sweet to the point of vomiting.

The special effects were always extremely lousy done. From obvious set-pieces during hurricanes and earthquakes to rubber-sharks and papermache rocks.

The over-dramatic music in yet another countless rescue were annoying and of course David Hasselhoff were repulsive, a lousy actor and an even worse singer.

The show got a little better during the second season but some likable characters left, others were replaced. Brandon Call did a good job as Hobie but were replaced by the disgustingly cute much younger looking pain in the ass brat: Jeremy Jackson.

John D Cort, my favorite character in the whole series only returned for a few episodes during season 2. He should have replaced Billy Warlock who never really convinced me.

And all the babes did'nt show up until later seasons. Before that it was only Erika Eleniak. She was hot, but not the hottest babe on the show.

I hear of rumors of a remake. I hope they will make it better this time. With more plot, better acting, better effects, more and better action and no music videos. And of course no chick-.flick moments.

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Don't hassle The Hoff hes just out rescuin'!.

6/10
Author: jonathan45 from United Kingdom
29 January 2007

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Baywatch is quite a cynical bit of television, producers have long since known that beautiful people with toned bodies sell product and increase ratings. Normally soap operas pander to this in the more obvious way, we all know soap actors have it written In to their contract that the women have to occasionally walk around in their underwear or lounge seductively by the pool in a bikini and the men always find time to lift weights with their shirts off or walk around in a towel. But Baywatch threw plot and script out the window and just concentrated on the beautiful bodies, in fact they went even further by putting those beautiful bodies in swimsuits. The swimsuits are far too small of course, the men walk around shirtless flexing and gazing off in to the distance or if their a 'bad boy' fixing their Harley shirtless. The women are squeezed in to one piece costumes so tiny and tight i wonder if they breathe or eat. The plots revolve around distressed swimmers, drug dealing punks or selfish polluters which the team pursue in slow motion allowing for optimum 'jiggle factor'. Its easy to sneer however at this lowest common denominator show but it did have some things going for it, it had a positive message on the environment and 'doing the right thing' and promoted fitness. And David Hasselhoff has his usual 'high cheese factor' it is comical watching him suck in the gut ( partied too hard in the eighties Dave?) or chase women young enough to be his daughter or punch out bodybuilders with his dodgy karate moves. I remember a campaign by some British housewives and young mothers to ban Baywatch they referred to it as 'soft, soft porn' did they achieve success?. In any case i think thats taking it too far, certainly it shows off the bodies of the beautiful cast and probably had a high teenage boy audience who tuned in to ogle but it was ultimately a 'theme show' with mediocre scripts, babes,hunks and 'The Hoff'.

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