“Forever and always, (BAYWATCH is) always here”. It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years since the iconic show plunged its way into all of our hearts and our swimwear. To celebrate, Fremantle and Pantone Color Institute announced “Baywatch Red” as an official Pantone colour. The magnetizing shade of red sported by Los Angeles County’s favourite lifeguards became an instant classic and slow-motion showstopper, and helped BAYWATCH become an era-defining TV series of the 90s. Completely remastered and available in HD in Canada, the iconic series airs Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 – 10 p.m. ET and Saturdays from 4 – 8 p.m. ET on E!.
Starring post-KNIGHT RIDER David Hasselhoff, BAYWATCH kicked off the careers for some soon-to-be household names, including C.J. herself, Pamela Anderson. The long-running series also featured many now familiar faces throughout its run, lending acting opportunities to relatively unknown actors who went on to become stars in their own right. Let’s go back and spot some of the celebrities who once popped up in L.A. County.
1. Carmen Electra
BAYWATCH helped launch Electra’s modelling and acting career.
4. Bryan Cranston
Before BREAKING BAD, Cranston made a cameo appearance as party-boat captain in Season 1 (1989), which sparked some real emotion when he watched his younger self on the E! RED CARPET at the 2016 SAG AWARDS.
5. Michelle Williams
Before life as a teen icon on DAWSON’S CREEK, and earning four Oscar nominations, Michelle Williams’ first acting credits were on BAYWATCH. Appearing in two episodes in two separate roles, Michelle first played party girl Bridget Bowers in 1993’s episode “Race Against Time: Part 1”, and as Hobie’s Groupie in “Second Time Around” in 1994.
6. Mariska Hargitay
Today you can find Mariska Hargitay patrolling the streets of New York as Lieutenant Olivia Benson of LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, but before this, Hargitay had a brush with death on the shores of Los Angeles as Lisa Peters, in the third episode of the series “Second Wave” (1989).