For the longest time, Baywatch — the era-defining cheesy '90s sexy lifeguard action drama — was one of the most historically popular shows unavailable to stream. But now, in the year of the series' 30th anniversary, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and friends are now on Amazon Prime.
Every episode of Baywatch's original California run (no Baywatch Hawaii yet) has been remastered from its original low-budg film into high-def, so you can see all the bounces and flexes in crystal-clear clarity. Perhaps even more notably, 350 new original songs have been composed to score the iconic montages. Music clearance issues are the biggest obstacles in getting old shows on streaming platforms, so Baywatch rights-holder Fremantle figured out a way around it.
Baywatch ran from 1989 to 2001, with Season 1 on NBC and later seasons in syndication, where it became one of the most popular shows in the world. It was set in California before moving to Hawaii for its last two seasons. The plots were about the soapy relationships among the lifeguards in between beachfront emergencies, but really, the series just an excuse to look at hot people in bathing suits. Over the years, the constantly-rotating cast featured folks like Carmen Electra, Yasmine Bleeth and young Jason Momoa, but the true Baywatch icons are Pamela Anderson as C.J. Parker and executive producer David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchannon. It got a movie reboot in 2017 starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
Baywatch is available to stream on Amazon Prime starting Sunday, Jan. 20.