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Don't hate them because they're beautiful: How 'Baywatch' owns its dumbness and rises from the surf

Don't hate them because they're beautiful: How 'Baywatch' owns its dumbness and rises from the surf

Those who are eager to slam Paramount’s new “Baywatch” movie are probably the same kind of haters who let the original SoCal-set television soap opera die an abysmal-ratings death upon its initial release in the fall of 1989, when NBC hastily canceled it after just one season.

Imagine: A ’90s without endless reruns of “Baywatch” beaming those jiggly, beachy heroics into homes across the world, teaching us all what it truly meant to protect life, always be ready and look good while rocking a high-cut red swimsuit and running in slow motion across the surf, a superhuman feat indeed.

Sure, it wasn’t Emmy material, but there was something there. One believer saw the light...

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