With a movie reboot in the works and legions of rerun fans spanning the globe, Baywatch is an entertainment classic that just won’t quit. Let’s face it, people didn’t tune in for the riveting plot lines, daring rescues or quality acting. This was cheesy, predictable, mind-numbing, jiggle TV, with slow-mo running scenes thrown in at every opportunity. Dis The Hoff all you want, but the man tapped into a winning formula and gave the mass audience just what they wanted – babes on a beach. Shortsightedly, NBC canceled it after its first season in 1989, but Hasselhoff revived the lifeguard action drama through international syndication and continued to produce episodes until 1999 (and beyond through various offshoots). It’s been over 25 years since the series debuted. Want to see how your favorite faces have fared over the decades? Check out these mind-blowing “then and now” pics of the sexiest male and female Baywatch stars, and let us know who you think is looking the best today.
1. David Hasselhoff
The Baywatch crew was lead by L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, played to perfection by the hairy-chested hunk David Hasselhoff. Say what you will about his acting talent, he also served as executive producer of the show, which was was watched in 140 countries by over a billion viewers each week. Cha-ching! The man made millions through royalties, and also enjoyed rather inexplicable success as a German pop star. He even performed at the newly dismantled Berlin Wall on New Year’s Eve 1989! He now mostly parodies himself in cameo roles, serves on talent judging panels and tries his hand at various reality programs. We think the 62 year old Hoff’s had a bit too much plastic surgery around the eyes, but it’s hard for a former beefcake to be in an industry that demands even men to look fresh and youthful.
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