30 Years Ago Tonight ‘Baywatch’ Debuted on NBC
The show was actually canceled after the first season on NBC, but found success in syndication. It ran 11 seasons with 242 episodes.
In 1996, Guinness World Records said that Baywatch was the most watched TV series in history, with a weekly, worldwide audience of over 1.1 billion people. At one time, it aired in 148 countries, on every continent except Antarctica.
Michael Newman – the lifeguard with the mustache – was the only star on the show that was an actual lifeguard.