Baywatch - Season 1
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Calling this set "season 1" is a misnomer. It's really the final 20 episodes of the second season (1991-92), which was the first season the series was in syndication after being dropped by NBC. (The first two episodes, the two parts of "Nightmare Bay," were previously released on DVD by another studio and are not included here.) In this season, Jeremy Jackson had replaced Brandon Call as Mitch's son, Hobie, and regular cast members Parker Stevenson (as Mitch's friend, Craig Pomeroy) and Shawn Weatherly (as lifeguard Jill Riley) were gone as well. However, the series pilot of the real season 1, called "Panic at Malibu Pier," is included as a bonus. Also, co-creators and executive producers Greg Bonann, Doug Schwartz, and Michael Berk discuss their favorite episodes from the second season in a 16-minute segment. Another drawback, however, is that much of the original music has been replaced, including "I'm Always Here," Jimi Jamison's theme song. --David Horiuchi
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Overall this season of Baywatch (season 1 on the box but really season 2) is a good season. It had my 2 favorite characters Eddie and Shauni, who were only on for the first 2 seasons as well as Mitch and a new little Hobie (the original Hobie from the NBC season was hired for Step by Step and therefore didn't return for the second season, Jeremy Jackson was hired instead). Here are the episodes that should be on the dvd. [...]
1 Nightmare Bay (1)
2 Nightmare Bay (2)
3 The One That Got Away
4 Money, Honey
5 The Fabulous Buchannon Boys
6 Point of Attack
8 Thin or Die
9 The Trophy (1)
10 The Trophy (2)
11 If Looks Could Kill
13 War of Nerves
14 Big Monday
15 Sea of Flames
16 Now, Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale
17 The Chamber
18 Shark's Cove
19 The Lost Treasure of Tower 12
20 The Big Spill
21 Game of Chance
22 The Summer of '85
But that's not the only reason to avoid this release of the Baywatch series. The well-known main-title theme has been replaced with some cheap piece of music that does not suit the series at all. I love and miss the original theme; that was half the pleasure in the show. The same with the rest of the great music from the show.
Also they've completely left out the first 2-part episode, "Nightmare Bay", billing it as a so-called complete 20-episode premiere season. Don't make me gag.
Apparently, if you end up wasting you're money on the entire 10 syndicated seasons of this release from FirstWatch Studios, you do eventually end up with the first Network seasons, as they are included as bonus episodes in each season. This first season includes the series network pilot, "Panic at Malibu Pier," which aired originally on April 23, 1989 and the first episode from the actual season, "In Deep," which aired Sept 22, 1989.
Fortunately, I only rented this from Netflix. Apparently the series has been properly released in Europe and is available in Region 2 format from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de for those of you with multi-region players.
Please stay away from and protest this FirstWatch Studios release of Baywatch and petition the powers-that-be to release the series properly in North America. If you really need your Baywatch fix in the meantime, look for reruns on tv or rent it from Netflix.
They are reigon 2 so please be aware of that if you do purchase but you wont be dissapointed if you do i buy a lot of reigon 1 stuff as it just doesnt get released here in reigon 2 so im lucky to have a multi reigon dvd player dont know how common they are in the us but you can pick them up here quite cheap. Its just a shame the us distributor is treating such a great show so poorly.
UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 2007:
In my quest to get baywatch on dvd for my collection i have discoverd that the german amazon site has all seasons on dvd right now for around 35 euros each set now according to reviewers on the uk site the packageing appears in german but the audio is in english confused ?Read more ›
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This is real baywatch season 1 year 1989 with original musics videos as I remembered. You will love these DVDs!!Published 18 hours ago by monica correa
A must have for all baywatch fans! The best way to exploit 80's nostalgia in your own television set!Published 12 days ago by samantha clark
I find myself comparing Hasselhoff to Spongebob. Squared. But I kept watching.Published 12 months ago by Smartie
It's alright but it's so incomplete without the killer awesome original theme song "I'm Always There". It's dubbed with some second rate song. Read morePublished 13 months ago by materialgirl8707