Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. The show was canceled after its first season on NBC, but survived through syndication and later became one of the most watched television shows in the world. The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, with a setting change and large cast overhaul, it was known as Baywatch: Hawaii.
Baywatch premiered on NBC in 1989, but was canceled after only one season, when it placed 73rd out of 103 shows in the seasonal ratings, and also because the studio, GTG, went out of business.
Feeling the series still had potential, David Hasselhoff, along with creators and executive producers Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann, revived it for the first-run syndication market in 1991. Hasselhoff was given the title of executive producer for his work on bringing the show back. The series was hugely successful, especially internationally.
Babewatch is a satirical term sometimes used in connection with the series, which has been used by Mad Magazine, by commentators, and as the title for a series of adult films with crossover characters which ran between 1994 and 1999 in thirteen parts.