Baywatch was popular, but not funny. Son of the Beach was funny, but not popular. Ok, it wasn’t really funny, but it was produced by Howard Stern when he had his massive legion of fans. Son of the beach aired from 2000 to 2002 on FX, and garnered an audience large enough to keep it on the air on a cable network. Son of the Beach: Volume Two is out now on DVD.
Son of the Beach is a Baywatch parody that deals with the day to day life of Notch Johnson, the head lifeguard of the beaches of Malibu Adjacent, and his staff.
”Grand Prix”: Head Lifeguard Notch Johnson must uphold the honor of all of America by defeating
”Witness for the Prostitution”: Notch Johnson is being honored by having a building named after him at the local University, but he senses that something is of at the university’s sorority house.
”Empty the Dragon”: Notch, Kimberlee, Chip, and Porcelain go to Japan for the Nagasaki Fried Chicken Karaoke Championship.
Each disc has its own special features in this collection. Disc one has a behind the scenes for the episodes of “Grand Prix” and “The Island of Dr. Merlot”. Disc two has highlights from the “pilot” table read, and the original promos for the show. Disc three has the audition tapes for the cast. On all three of the discs are commentaries on select episodes, and a sexy montage.
This series is a product of its producer Howard Stern. It tries to hard with the offensive jokes, so it turns out not to be funny. I do admit that a joke gets through and is funny once in a while, but the major amount is just too much too often. I had hoped that the show might be funny but the results were less than stellar, and I just don’t see the appeal of this show past the people who liked it the first time around or people who love everything that Howard Stern does.
ComicsOnline gives Son of the Beach: Volume Two 2 lifeguards out of 5