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Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier (1989)

Pilot for the cult 90s show 'Baywatch' about a team of L.A. county lifeguards led by heroic Mitch Buchannon. Jill trains rookies. Craig is stalked by a teen girl he saved. Aussie troublemaker joins the team. Mitch's kid needs rescuing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mitch Buchannon
... Craig Pomeroy
... Jill Riley
... Eddie Kramer
... Shauni McClain
... Trevor Cole
... Gina Pomeroy
... Hobie Buchannon
... Captain Don Thorpe
... Laurie Harris (as Madchen Amick)
... Gayle Buchannon
... Al Gibson
... Hallie
... Sid Wilson
... Trevor's Girl
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Pilot of the popular syndicated series introduces a close-knit group of lifeguards at Baywatch, a Los Angeles beach, who protect the lives of people that come to the beach everyday. They include the team leader, the recently promoted Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon, whose devotion to his job has recently cost him his marriage. His lawyer ex-wife, Gayle, wants him to limit visits with their 10-year-old son Hobie. Craig Pomeroy is a part-time lawyer, who rescues an emotionally disturbed teenage girl, named Laurie, after falling off a pier in which she gets obsessed with him and when he rejects her advances, Laurie begins to go 'Fatal Attraction' by targeting Craig's wife Gina. Jill Riley is a veteran lifeguard who takes the eager rookie, Shauni McLain, under her wing to show her the ropes of rescue, while Shauni develops a crush on the rookie Eddie Kramer, a brooding loner with a mysterious past. Also, Trevor Cole is an arrogant, but incompetent, Australian lifeguard from a private beach ... Written by Anonymous

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23 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Richard Jaeckel's character Al Gibson died in the first episode. However, Richard Jaeckel returned as Lt. Ben Edwards (1991-1992) for Season 2. See more »

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Referenced in The West Wing: 20 Hours in L.A. (2000) See more »

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Slave to Love
Written by Bryan Ferry
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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Watch it for Madchen Amick
7 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you like Baywatch, then you'll like this. As it is the first ever episode, it at least has some more plot development than the later episodes which were all about just showing off beach flesh. Madchen Amick made her screen debut in this (just after a small role in Star Trek TNG) and she looks just as stunning as she does in 'Twin Peaks.' She has a beauty in this that takes it to another level beyond the typical blond beach chick. She also adds a darker edge to the film as a disturbed girl who falls for one of the lifeguards. Strangely, this movie version does involve some topless shots of a woman being photographed (and also another saucy scene in a beach tent)which I cannot imagine the network could show at a prime time hour. Maybe these scenes were added for the video release.


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