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The Best Episodes of Baywatch

Every episode of Baywatch ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Baywatch!

Join the Baywatch lifeguards on their thrilling adventures filled with beautiful beaches and those iconic red swimsuits.

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Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Baywatch" is "The End?", rated 7.5/10 from 3 user votes. It was directed by Reza Badiyi and written by Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin. "The End?" aired on 4/6/1990 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Eclipse".

  • The End?
    7.5/10 3 votes

    #1 - The End?

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1990-04-06

    An earthquake shakes Baywatch headquarters and causes many problems for the lifeguards and for one, a life altering decision is made.

    Director: Reza Badiyi

    Writer: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

  • Eclipse
    7.2/10 290 votes

    #2 - Eclipse

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 1990-02-23

    Eddie believes he sees a ghost by the water and the others believe that he is losing his mind. Hobie learns that a friend's pet is going to be euthanized for an alleged attack and resolves to help both of them.

    Director: Paul Schneider

    Writer: Claire Whitaker

  • We Need a Vacation
    6.6/10 250 votes

    #3 - We Need a Vacation

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1990-01-26

    Craig joins Cort and Eddie on a trip to Mexico for a long overdue vacation but things turn out very differently from their expectations.

    Director: Gus Trikonis

    Writer: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

  • Old Friends
    6.6/10 230 votes

    #4 - Old Friends

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1990-03-30

    Mitch, Craig and Garner go on a hang gliding trip that results in a series of accidents for all three.

    Director: Douglas Schwartz

    Writer: William A. Schwartz

  • The Sky is Falling
    6.5/10 274 votes

    #5 - The Sky is Falling

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1989-10-27

    Gayle and Mitch continue to fight over Gayle's plan to take Hobie with her. She ultimately changes her mind after Hobie risks his life to save a drowning young girl. A plane crashes into the water near the beach with the occupants, after they are rescued, looking to recover a suitcase of stolen money that they had with them. Captain Thorpe decides to join Eddie and Shauni on their tower in order to teach them.

    Director: Kim Manners

    Writer: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

  • The Cretin of the Shallows
    6.5/10 263 votes

    #6 - The Cretin of the Shallows

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1989-12-01

    A new hotel opens near the beach and a string of murders occur around the same time which convinces Craig the two may be connected.

    Director: Vern Gillum

    Writer: Ernie Wallengren, William A. Schwartz

  • The Trophy (1)
    6.5/10 216 votes

    #7 - The Trophy (1)

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1991-11-11

    Eddie's life is torn apart by the accusation of statutory rape from the overprotective father of a lonely teenager trying to make friends lied to a group of other teenage girls about her encounter with Eddie. Mitch deals with the anger of a paraplegic former lifeguard.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Braff

  • The Natural
    6.5/10 120 votes

    #8 - The Natural

    Season 9 Episode 5 - Aired 1998-10-19

    A mysterious figure called "The Phantom Lifeguard," begins making rescues and disappears before being identified by anyone. While Mitch thinks the Phantom Lifeguard is an outsider, Cody and J.D. think the unseen hero of the day is getting his/her information from inside the department.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Panic at Malibu Pier
    6.4/10 366 votes

    #9 - Panic at Malibu Pier

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1989-04-23

    Mitch Buchannon has just been promoted to lieutenant. Mitch and his ex-wife Gayle have an argument about what's best for their son Hobie. Eddie Kramer is the top rookie in the rookie class of '89, and Shauni McClain is one of the last ones to qualify. Shauni starts off as a terrible lifeguard, but the experienced Jill Riley teaches her how to become a good lifeguard.

    Director: Richard Compton

    Writer: Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk

  • Heat Wave
    6.4/10 303 votes

    #10 - Heat Wave

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1989-09-29

    Los Angeles is having a heat wave and it's going to be a busy day for the lifeguards.

    Director: Gus Trikonis

    Writer: Ernie Wallengren

  • River of No Return (2)
    6.4/10 208 votes

    #11 - River of No Return (2)

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1992-09-21

    Drew shoots at the raft. Shauni is taken hostage, and pushed off the cliff. After Eddie and Mitch save her, she finds out that she's not pregnant. Eddie proposes to her. Mitch climbs down with the help of a rope and finds the golden boot; Jed arrives at the trailer. Eddie marries Shauni and they move to Australia.

    Director: Douglas Schwartz

    Writer: Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk

  • Vacation (1)
    6.4/10 168 votes

    #12 - Vacation (1)

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 1993-01-25

    Guido tells Mitch that he has started a new business called Windows by Guido; a Captain named Rolf Angstrom visits headquarters; a drug dealer escapes.

    Director: Gus Trikonis

    Writer: David Braff

  • Chance of a Lifetime
    6.4/10 142 votes

    #13 - Chance of a Lifetime

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 1997-02-10

    Stephanie and Tom go on their honeymoon on a two-sail schooner with a group of six troubled teenagers. Mitch and Neely also tag along to help keep an eye on the kids and lend a hand on the ship. But hardly when the ship is out of port the radio breaks, leaving them with no warning when a massive hurricane strikes. When the ship begins sinking, Stephanie ends up losing her life after she is struck by a 20-foot section of the sail trying to save one of the kids.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Charlie
    6.4/10 138 votes

    #14 - Charlie

    Season 8 Episode 5 - Aired 1997-10-20

    April's mother and her 12-year-old younger brother, Charlie, arrive for a visit where Mitch and Hobie try to make the best of the weekend with Charlie who is revealed to be dying from a rare form of cancer that April refuses to accept.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Aloha, Baywatch
    6.4/10 102 votes

    #15 - Aloha, Baywatch

    Season 10 Episode 1 - Aired 1999-09-20

    Mitch Bucannon, on leave in Oahu, Hawaii while he sorts out his thoughts during a mid-life crisis (his failed romance with Neely, his mother's recent death, and Hobie living on the East Coast), decides to form an international team of lifeguards in Hawaii called 'Baywatch Hawaii' for saving lives after a rescue of a family on a remote beach in which a little girl is put in a coma after being submerged.

    Director: Gregory J. Bonann

    Writer: Maurice Hurley

  • The Drowning Pool
    6.3/10 266 votes

    #16 - The Drowning Pool

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1989-11-03

    A man is found drowned off the beach and Jill suspects foul play is the reason. She begins seeing the son of the victim and during the investigation discovers the man's cousin was responsible for his father's death. A man who helped Jill bring the victim ashore decides he wants to be a lifeguard as well even though he is not qualified.

    Director: Mario DiLeo

    Writer: William A. Schwartz

  • Rookie School
    6.3/10 262 votes

    #17 - Rookie School

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1989-11-10

    A woman steals a book from a powerful man and hides out from him with the help of Eddie. Craig and Gina contemplate having children when they are married but have second thoughts after meeting a couple while on a romantic weekend. Trevor discovers that his hardest competitor among the rookies is doped.

    Director: Bruce Seth Green

    Writer: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

  • Snake Eyes
    6.3/10 240 votes

    #18 - Snake Eyes

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1990-02-09

    An illegal offshore casino causes problems for Cort and some of his fellow lifeguards. Hobie thinks his English class is going to be a breeze when Mitch starts dating his teacher but soon learns otherwise.

    Director: Gus Trikonis

    Writer: Kate Boutilier

  • Shark Derby
    6.3/10 219 votes

    #19 - Shark Derby

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1990-03-02

    A local business owner organizes a shark derby but the event quickly spirals out of control and leads Jill to run into the water to save a little boy but then is attacked by the shark. She is saved by Mitch but later dies from a blood embolism.

    Director: Gregory J. Bonann

    Writer: Terry Erwin, Kate Boutilier

  • The Big Race
    6.3/10 220 votes

    #20 - The Big Race

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1990-03-16

    Cort enters a race to win the prize money and fulfil a pledge he makes on a yearly basis.

    Director: Kevin Inch

    Writer: Rolf Wallengren

  • If Looks Could Kill
    6.3/10 210 votes

    #21 - If Looks Could Kill

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1991-11-25

    Mitch falls for a beautiful woman he has rescued, never dreaming she is actually a murderess.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Michael Berk

  • Game of Chance
    6.3/10 176 votes

    #22 - Game of Chance

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 1992-05-11

    Harvey and Mitch pursue and capture a disgruntled gambler turned high-seas pirate. Meanwhile, Eddie struggles with the disapproval of Shauni's father. While Eddie is walking away from Shauni's sisters engagement party, Kim gets her hand stuck in the pool pump and luckily Eddie saves her.

    Director: Georg Fenady

    Writer: David Braff

  • Rookie of the Year
    6.3/10 204 votes

    #23 - Rookie of the Year

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 1992-10-05

    The lifeguards compete against each other to determine who is the best; Stephanie and CJ move in together but things get complicated for both of them.

    Director: Gus Trikonis

    Writer: N/A

  • Dead of Summer
    6.3/10 173 votes

    #24 - Dead of Summer

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 1992-11-23

    The governor holds a speech on the pier; three bad guys plan to blow the pier into pieces with a boat. Garner meets his sister's old friend Wendi again.

    Director: Cliff Bole

    Writer: N/A

  • Lover's Cove
    6.3/10 184 votes

    #25 - Lover's Cove

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 1993-09-27

    Hobie falls in love with a girl in junior lifeguards; Mitch and Jackie have a number of interrupted dates; Matt and Summer discover that they love each other. Thinking he is romantic, Hobie takes the girl on jet ski to a cove near a seaside monastery to kiss her as the bells toll, but they get caught in a dangerous current.

    Director: Gus Trikonis

    Writer: Steven Barnes