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 and Germany was used. In real life, David Hasslehoff was a singer whom 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 whom 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.