NBC canceled the show in 1990, after its first season. It was immediately revived in syndication, where it became one of the most popular shows in the world. At its height, it aired in 148 countries, on every continent except Antarctica. After 11 years in syndication, it was canceled for the second time in 2001.
In Second Time Around (#4.12) When Mitch is at home playing with his guitar, he has a fantasy that he is a rock star and imagines that he is performing in concert in front of a crowd. For the fantasy sequence, a montage footage of David Hasslehoff (Mitch) performing live on stage in Berlin, Germany was used. In real life, David Hasslehoff was a singer who was highly popular in Germany and Austria.
The closing credits theme from Series 1 which was composed by Kim Carnes had a deeply haunting quality to it and it truly reflects on the lifeguards whom risk their lives everyday to save the lives of others and lifeguards who died doing their jobs and saving others.
Alexandra Paul was cast as Stephanie Holden after she originally tried for the parts of CJ Parker and Summer Quinn. Being slim and less endowed did not earn her the role of the athletic eye-catcher CJ, nor did she fit the age profile of the young Summer, so those parts went to Pamela Anderson and Nicole Eggert respectively. The producers, however, liked Paul and specifically created Stephanie for the actress her based on her looks and abilities thought she would be a perfect love interest for Mitch Buchannon played by the 6ft4 tall David Hasselhoff.
Much like her character Stephanie who has a sister named Caroline, Alexandra Paul has a twin sister is also named Caroline. The producers first wanted Paul's real twin sister Caroline to play the part of Stephanie's sister but the real Caroline was unavailable at that time so someone else was needed for the one-off part.
C.J. Parker was supposed to be the female action character. This role was later partly transferred to Neely Capshaw and Stephanie Holden. The decrease in physical scenes was partly due to Pamela Anderson's pregnancies, first in 95-96 and then again in 97.
In 1999, an Australian version of "Baywatch" was planned, and the cast members traveled to Sydney, Australia for filming. The plan was to have the established stars appear in the pilot episode of the new series, working side by side with their Australian counterparts to launch "Baywatch Down Under". After the pilot was filmed, production was stopped when residents of Avalon, a local village, voiced strong objections about the filming. They cited the potential danger to their fragile ecosystem. As a result, the Avalon Council permanently banned all future filming. The pilot episode remained unaired for over a year. The pilot was eventually aired as a two part episode during season 10.executive producer Greg Bonann.
According to David Hasselhoff in his autobiography, Don't Hassle the Hoff, Pamela Anderson who was then married to Tommy Lee would go nuclear whenever his wife had love scenes with co-star David Chokachi, breaking windows and screaming until security moved him off the set.