The show premiered in the US on NBC in 1989 and became very successful worldwide, attracting more than 1.1 million regular viewers and launching the celebrity careers of Hollywood sex symbol Pamela Anderson and her two colleagues, Yasmine Bleeth and David Hasselhoff.
In the series, Mitch Buchanon (played by Hasselhoff) is a veteran lifeguard who watches over his younger colleagues as they come and go with each passing season.
The 242 Baywatch episodes follow the team’s efforts to keep beachgoers safe and also delve into the dramas of their friendships and private lives.
The original version of the series ran for ten years from 1989-1999 and continued as Baywatch Hawaii from 1999-2001.
In 2004, DreamWorks film studios announced they had bought the rights to create an animated Baywatch movie which is slated for release in 2012.