By EW Staff
Updated October 29, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Both shows are loaded with sunshine, surf, hardbodies, and action.And both are aimed at making the world a better place. But a trainedeye can detect a few important differences between Baywatch and thenew series that is trying to ride its coattails-or bikinibottoms-Acapulco H.E.A.T. (We analyzed a recent, typical episode ofeach.) The bottom line, of course,is that one show has Fabio, theother one doesn’t.Shots of skimpily clad torsos in the two-minute introsBAYWATCH:12ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:14

Dreamy music montagesBAYWATCH:5ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:1


Cool code namesBAYWATCH:0 (But there is a horse named Apache)ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:6 (Sarong, High Dive, Deep End, Springboard,Platform, Backflip)

Makeout scenesBAYWATCH:1ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:0

Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnets recitedBAYWATCH:0ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:1

Lines that make you laugh out loudBAYWATCH:5(Sample: ”You know me; lifeguarding’s in my blood!”)ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:11(”This bed’s a beauty, isn’t it? Firm, yetsoft…like me”)

People of color in castBAYWATCH:1ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:1

RescuesBAYWATCH:3 (One of a pelican)ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:1(Of nuclear warheads)

Seconds lead hunk appears on screenBAYWATCH:781.3 (David Hasselhoff)ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.:5.9(Fabio)