1989 TV-PG 3 seasons


1989 TV-PG 3 seasons
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This worldwide phenom stars David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchannon, the leader of a group of dedicated lifeguards who patrol California beaches to make the water safe for tourists and locals alike. Mitch's intrepid team includes C.J. (Pamela Anderson), Cody (David Chokachi) and Caroline (Yasmine Bleeth). Mitch also acts as a mentor to the younger guards, whose romantic entanglements and personal dramas sometimes interfere with their dangerous jobs.
David Hasselhoff, Jeremy Jackson, Michael Newman, Pamela Anderson, Gregory Alan Williams, Chris Fiore, Alexandra Paul, David Chokachi, Michael Bergin, Yasmine Bleeth, David Charvet, Gena Lee Nolin, Kelly Packard, Gregory J. Barnett, John Allen Nelson, Brandon Call, Billy Warlock, Kelly Slater, Erika Eleniak, Monte Markham, Nicole Eggert
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1991) - 5 discs

On a picturesque beach, high atop a lookout tower, Lt. Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff) and his team of attractive young lifeguards patrol the shores with a watchful eye, keeping tourists and beachgoers safe. This five-disc set features all 20 episodes from the premiere season of the syndicated show, a series that went from cult hit to worldwide phenomenon. The cast also includes Parker Stevenson and Erika Eleniak.
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 1990s lifeguard series owes much of its popularity to good-looking cast members wearing short swim trunks and cleavage-revealing bathing suits. While the show's sexual innuendo is fairly tame compared to today's standards, it's still a bit iffy for young kids. Some of the drowning scenes might be a bit scary to watch, too, and serious subjects like safety, alcohol addiction, and specific medical disorders are touched on. On the plus side, the show offers some positive messages about leadership, teamwork, and parenthood.

Sexual Content

Strong sexual innuendo. Kissing, hugging, and making out; sometimes people are shown lying in bed together (no visible nudity). Plenty of shirtless men and skin-revealing bikinis. The show's signature moments include lifeguards running in slow motion during rescues, usually highlighting their bouncing chests.


Some of the plotlines are about criminal behavior, including murder. At least one episode shows a dead body washing ashore. Occasional arguments; some shoving, pushing, and punching. Occasionally, guns are used and/or gunfire is heard. Some of the rescue missions are intense and show people drowning.


Language includes words like "damn" and "hell."

Social Behavior

Presents a very romanticized vision of lifeguarding, but does touch on some serious health and safety topics. Positive messages about leadership, teamwork, and parenthood.


Popular Southern California areas are visible, including the Santa Monica Pier. Some motorcycle and car makes like Yamaha and Mercedes-Benz are visible (but not prominently featured). Some of the tunes featured on the show are sung by Hasselhoff.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Visible consumption of beer, wine, and champagne. Irresponsible drunken behavior and drug/alcohol abuse is occasionally shown, but it has negative consequences.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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