If you don’t remember this, you are not alone. While its parent series Baywatch was a big hit for over a decade, the spin-off Baywatch crashed after just two short seasons. In an unconventional move, David Hasselhoff has taken over a new series while continuing to star in Baywatch. The new series follows the adventures of Hoff’s character, Mitch Buchannon, an afternoon lifeguard and assistant to his old friend Sgt. Garner Ellerbeewho creates his own detective agency at night. They are joined by forensic scientist Ryan McBride, played by Angie Harmon, from before Law & Order.
While his predecessor saw Hasselhoff and his kids take on petty crooks on the beach, in the first season of Baywatch, they hunted down serial killers, drug dealers, and mobsters, often involving murder. Its debut season, with a thin plot and cast of characters ill-suited for a police drama, proved to be a major setback. The show’s second season saw a dramatic retooling, beginning with a new and more frightening intro and sequences featuring mutants, aliens and monsters, no doubt meant to emulate the success of The X-Files. Once again, however, it didn’t work for Baywatch, and audiences continued to turn down the show.
In the end, despite trying desperately to be something they weren’t, Baywatch failed and was finally ended after about 44 horrific episodes.