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  • People are picking on this show for ridiculous reasons. IT was not SUPPOSED to be this great acted, perfectly mistake free show. It was an homage to the classic cliff hangers of the 50s. The flashing lights on the gas pedal were there for effect. It was never supposed to be a guide to those driving. A simple formula, really. Flashing lights = cool! By the way, to complain about show for mistakes and actually make a mistake in your complaint is kind of funny. We DID see the truck driver. In fact, in later years, he became a regular cast member. (And quite frankly, it made the show worse.)

    The show was fine. Seriously, if you are watching the show expecting Shakespeare, then the mistake is YOURS not the shows.
  • A lot of people laugh at David Hasselhoff and write Knight Rider off as a corny piece of 80s television. I still think this is one of the coolest shows ever, and I freely admit that Knight Rider can be pretty idiotic at the same time. The series was basically a cartoon and that can make it hard for some people to revisit when they grow up. I think that Knight Rider is one of the best unintentionally hilarious shows ever created. The silly aspects of the series make it just that much more entertaining in adult life. Knight Rider is an endearing and nostalgic series that finds a way to entertain you despite how ridiculous it can all be. "Michael & KITT", how can you not feel the tug of the old days back in the 80s when you hear that? We all grew up with this show back in the 1980's as kids, the appeal of a cool looking black sports car that could TALK was irresistible back then. Today I guess we look back at Knight Rider and wonder "wtf". It might make us recoil, and get pretty damn embarrassed with some of the out there stuff we used to think was so cool.

    The immense flaws of logic and continuity that plagued Knight Rider were easily hidden to a casual child viewing the show back in 1982 (I was 5 years old), but they really stick out like a sore thumb when viewed through adult eyes. The same damn stock footage was used ad nauseum, the frames were sped up to make a car going 20 mph look like it was zipping along at 400 mph, blue filters were always used to make it look like it was night time; and as others have mentioned, the fight scenes were never, ever believable. I don't think they even had any kind of trained fight specialist on Knight Rider, it always seemed like the director just told Hasselhoff or the stunt doubles to simply go out there and just make up some crap that could pass for jujitsu or tae-kwon-do. But again, this is what makes Knight Rider so fun.

    This series is loaded with all kinds of unintentional hilarity. Some of my favorites are when David Hasselhoff's stunt double wears a mustache in a take, or the episode when the stunt double's Michael Knight afro wig accidentally flew off while he was doing one of those patented "Hasselhoff-Fu" roundhouse karate kicks. It seemed like Michael Knight could take down any bad guy with one well placed karate kick to the head. Let's all be honest with ourselves, a big reason this show was popular was because it featured a really cool looking black car with that cool looking red scanner mounted in the front. Everyone loved that car, and there is no doubt that is the reason Knight Rider is a part of American pop cultural lore. I'm 26 1/2 years old today and I still like this show because it's my childhood, and because it's from the 80's that we all love and grew up in. Things would get so stupid, you often wondered if there would be a button on KITT's dashboard that would say "Drive Very Fast" instead of "Super Pursuit Mode". The show didn't magically become any more nerdier in the 2000's then it was in the 1980s. Even back in the early-mid 80s most people over the age of 15 had a tendency to laugh at Knight Rider. It was always cool to children that didn't pick apart the series, but not so to anyone above the 9th grade. The prime target audience was boys that were roughly 9 years of age. So if you were already over the age of 13 back in 1982 when Knight Rider first aired, then you were likely going to always be too cool for a show like this that leaned on being a live action cartoon. Yes it is amazing that this series lasted on NBC's prime time for 4 years. But aren't we glad it did?
  • In 1982 an unknown actor named David Hasselhoff burst onto the scene in a weekly Friday night series aired on NBC. Hasselhoff played Michael Knight on a brand new 80s vehicle oriented TV show (that frequently targeted boys) called Knight Rider to rival The Dukes of Hazzard on CBS.

    Hasselhoff was what many in the industry call an "8 x 10", a perfect hunky man with shoulder length wavy hair and beaming smile. Hasselhoff was also gifted with a keen sense of humor and wit, which allowed many of the outrageous stories of Knight Rider to work and not be taken too seriously. Knight Rider was about an undercover cop named Michael Long who was betrayed and left for dead in the desert. Long was rescued by an eccentric billionaire by the name of Wilton Knight, who nursed Long back to health. Wilton Knight also gave Long a new face and identity as "Michael Knight". Knight convinced Long to use his police officer skills to help his private organization (The Foundation for Law and Government), and equipped him with a super car with artificial intelligence named KITT (Knight Industries Two-Thousand). The supporting actors like Edward Mulhare, Patricia McPherson complemented Hasselhoff wonderfully as Devon Miles and Bonnie Barstow. It is rare that a cast gels so well like this, and in many ways KR was more about the characters then the stories or KITT.

    Despite some negative and absurdly over the top reviews here, Knight Rider remains one of the most fondly remembered action adventure TV shows of the 1980s. Knight Rider was not an L.A. Law or St. Elsewhere type drama, nor was it Harlan Ellison level science fiction, and it never tried to be. Knight Rider had some camp, but campy doesn't mean a dog meat series. Every single one of those action/adventure shows from the 80s like A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Blue Thunder, Airwolf, Hunter and MacGyver had plenty of instances of overt stupidity. They ALL had their "what the hell was that about?" moments. Every one of those 80s shows. So why is Knight Rider singled out and getting ridiculously picked on like this?

    The show was a fun yet not too serious one hour adventure series. Many people here seem to be overly concerned with "looking cool" as adults and join in on the over the top teasing of a series that you know everyone loved back in the 80s. Stop trying to be so cool just because you're now an adult in the 2000s versus being the young kid that watched this show every week back in 80s. I highly recommend Knight Rider, (it will blow you away!) and check out the newly released DVD if you can. The Season 1 DVD has rich vibrant colors and sound, complete with an assortment of extra features that will keep you busy for days.

    My Rating:

    9/10
  • Oh man when I was a little kid I used to watch this show religiously. I loved this show and when the reruns are on T.V. I watch them too. I used to watch them on U.S.A. when I was in High school and loved the episodes again. It reminded me when I was a little kid. K.I.T.T. inspired my love Pontiac cars and one day I will own a 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am with T-tops. If you have never seen this show and happen upon it one day I recommed watching it, this is a classic like the A-team.
  • I was a kid when Knight Rider was in its prime time and yes I watch it no matter what. Currently have the reruns of Knight Rider on and I must say there are somethings that bug me. Like every kid in the 80s I loved K.I.T.T. Now for all you people that say David Hasselhoff can't act come on, o.k he's not the best actor in the world but he wasn't that bad, I think he was great for the role, but the things that bug me were like how everytime Michael say something like "K.I.T.T get Devon on the line for me" and Michael would go and press 20 other buttons and the reuse of footage. I must admint David Hasselhoff was good looking at the time, just about in every episode Michael would do his good dee and get the girl at the end, well they did drop to his feet, just about all apart from Bonnie, thats the only time we see Michael try so hard and get turn down, but you can see they are more then just friends. Michael and Devon I can say are bit like Maxwell Smart and the Chief off Get Smart but the only thing was Michael was a lot smarter but it still irritated Devon like Max did the Chief. Some episodes did a get a bit boring and could have been better, but over all Knight Rider is still a good TV series.
  • I saw many bad reviews here and I think those guys are the real retarded here, maybe too many reality shows?

    I miss eighties shows like Knight rider even with the goof and campy stories because is a show to enjoy and relax, I even like Kitt's sense of humor.

    I got the first season DVD to watch with my young nephew and we enjoy very much the episodes, is the first time that he saw Knight rider and is already a fan.

    Today TV shows are boring in my opinion, or too serious, or for adults like the sopranos, the shield, boomtown, etc, and realities everywhere come on, those reality shows are the worst.
  • The basic premise of Knight Rider has already been covered here numerous times, so I'm not going to delve into that. Everyone knows that Knight Rider is about an ex-cop with a new identity, working for a private foundation that provides him with an indestructible super car. But if you read some of the reviews here, you might think that Knight Rider is the worst TV show that was ever made. Knight Rider could get corny at times but it was nowhere near as terrible as some people say it is. There's nothing at all wrong with a show being campy.

    Knight Rider wasn't "all about a cool car" either. If that was true then why didn't the two attempts to revive the show in the 90s work? Knight Rider 2000 in the early 90s and Team Knight Rider in the late 90s both failed to recapture the 80s glory of the original. Team Knight Rider even had 5 talking super vehicles. That proves that there was something to David Hasselhoff (Michael Knight), William Daniels (voice of KITT) and Edward Mulhare (Devon). They had a special chemistry that made the series work. David Hasselhoff for all his William Shatner overacting antics, made the show work too. Another man might have tried to play the material seriously, but the Hoff knew better. Knight Rider wasn't a show that was trying to change the world, it was merely a one hour action/adventure block of entertainment. The people slamming Knight Rider were probably too old to appreciate the show as children in the 80s, or they are too young to have been around in the 80s. I bet a lot of these mean spirited comments are from some dopey Generation Y kids born in 1989 or something like that. I think the shows success speaks for itself.
  • I like this show a lot. Not as much as, say, The A-Team, but it was great fun! As others have pointed out, some people get a real stick up the butt and complain that its corny, implausible, some of the acting is dodgy etc... So if we agree, whats the problem? lol But seriously, what do you expect from a show like this? A new Shakespeare? Does everything have to reach that standard of excellence? Surely there's nothing wrong with some light-hearted fun. If you're still not convinced that this was from the golden age of TV, turn on your TV set and just see how things have improved since those awful 80's. Have a look at the horse doo doo passing for entertainment THESE days. "Reality" TV shows featuring half-wits sleeping, sitting on sofa's or getting drunk and talking rubbish (Big Brother, anyone?). Tons of similar, generic sit-coms that need to have laugh tracks to let you know when to laugh (ever sit there and think "was that the funny part?"), propaganda channels posing as news, MTV is a shadow of what it used to be... Yeah, thank God the 80's are over and Knight Rider is a thing of the past, huh? The trouble with comedies these days is that they take themselves too seriously. There always has to be a serious love story alongside the "comedy", always some feigning of intelligence and seriousness going on. I wish the people making TV shows these days would realise that you don't need that boring rubbish. Shows like Knight Rider were corny, implausible, but GREAT fun!
  • Now as a kid I loved this show, but as I have grown older I realise why I still appreciate it so much. The reason is a simple one; I am partially like the character of Michael Knight. He is a loner in a dangerous world, and in some way I can relate to that feeling, though I do not want to be involved in any crime-fighting business of any sort. Looking back Knight Rider made 80's TV a good time to live through and who can forget the talking car, KITT, what a dream to work with that would have been.

    This review is going to be a little different, considering I am reviewing a TV show that lasted 4 years or more. I am going to look at the 6 main characters, my favourite episodes and what I found to be good and bad with `one man making a difference'.

    Characters:

    David Hasselhoff: He was the main star of the show, that being Michael Knight. His character had his face blown off as the cop, Michael Long. However, after billionaire Wilton Knight, found the man near to death in the desert, he had found the ‘one' he wanted to front his new crime-fighting outfit. In a social sense, Michael is a real ladies man, with Knight able to attract almost any female he wants. He is a good fighter and can take on almost any person he wants. He works very well with his Trans Am, KITT, that has artificial intelligence.

    Edward Mulhare: Edward played Devon Miles, the front for the foundation for Law and Government. He is of British decent and Michael gives him nothing but a headache, from all his antics. He is a very knowledgeable fellow when it comes to criminal activities and personnel. In addition, his experience from war and prison camps helps Devon in many areas of his work for FLAG. He died in 1996 from lung cancer.

    Patricia McPherson: Patricia starred as Bonnie Barstow, a female mechanical engineer who looked after Michael's car, KITT, and was given plenty of opportunity to do so. She was a university student and then become a member of FLAG, who makes Devon and Michael look good. She is stunning on the eye and a very intelligent computer operator to boot. I think Bonnie is a good character to have on Knight Rider and to have her as a female Mechanic is even more intriguing. Patricia also had a contract dispute, that saw her role temporarily taken over by a new actress.

    Rebecca Holden: Rebecca replaced Patricia McPherson in the second season as the mechanical engineer, April Curtis, who looked after KITT. She was a good replacement, though she did not have the same appeal that Bonnie had, which is a comment I hear all the time. April is a bright and bubbly character, which also helps make Knight Rider a fun show to watch. Her experience in other areas also helps in her job for FLAG ( boy I wish I had that going for my resume). With one episode entirely devoted to April's niece, a lovely young girl who has a very dangerous medical condition.

    William Daniels: He played the popular voice of KITT (the Knight Industry Two Thousand), who controls the car that belongs to Michael Knight. KITT is a funny personality, if you think of him like that, who is very protective of humans and makes many friends along the way. He changes many times throughout the four years onscreen, with ‘Super-Pursuit' Mode a fantastic innovation. Can anyone find me a car like KITT?

    Peter Parros: Starred as Regional Cornelius the third (RC3) in the 4th series. I am still unsure why he was ever given the role. His character has the worst vocabulary I have heard, and does nothing to invigorate the 4th series, though he does try to. He is sort of a back-up for Michael, but is lacking in FLAG class, that suits Michael Knight. I would have to say Peter Parros is one of the worst actors I have ever seen.

    My favourite episodes of Knight Rider:

    Just My Bill ( Series 1): Michael becomes the bodyguard for a crusading state senator who has stepped on one too many toes.

    Race for Life (Series 2): Michael races the clock to find a gang leader who's the only compatible donor for a girl needing a life-saving transplant.

    K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R. (Series 3): Kitt's evil prototype Karr returns, seeking to destroy Michael and Kitt with a new laser stolen from the Foundation. [Knight Automated Roving Robot]

    Junk Yard Dog (Series 3): Michael vows to nail the owner of a toxic-waste dump when Kitt is nearly destroyed in an acid pit.

    Knight of the Juggernaut (Series 4): Michael hopes a street gang can rebuild Kitt in time to prevent a criminal mastermind from stealing a radio-active isotope. Devon is kidnapped and impersonated.

    Killer K.I.T.T. (series 4): An embittered electronics genius gains control of Kitt's programming and turns the car on Michael.

    Knight Rider did have its faults. I found that the reusing of the same actors for two or more episodes was a pretty poor, as was the repeat of many driving sequences. While the driving stunts were so poorly executed at times that I can not understand how I did not know it was being done by a stunt man.

    Yet this show also had it's good points. The fighting stunts were enjoyable, as was the idea of a talking car and how KITT was improved from season to season, with the best improvement ‘Super-Pursuit Mode'. I am not going to rate this show, but I will admit this, that there are better TV show than this one. However, this show did have a certain nostalgia with it, that for some reason I can not let go. Perhaps I am trying to remain young and innocent and enjoy a bit of action TV.
  • gustavlem27 April 2005
    This is my second comment about this show. I don't like the bad comments from very impolite people criticizing very hard the show because is "not real", or "because is from the eighties", helloooooo, is sci fi and I love the eighties, the show has quality and not all the episodes are the same, Michael is always helping people from different backgrounds with KITT, star trek is from the sixties and has spin off and lots of fans same thing with knight rider that has fans from many countries around the world, the show is fun and we like the characters the humor, and specially the car, in Europe the video game was very successful, my advice is if you don't like the show go to another channel or place in the internet and use your energy in better things.

    For people saying that nobody likes the show take a look again on the net and you even find a company that converts pontiacs Transam on KITTS replicas and their happy owners.
  • This first episode (the series formed by 90 chapters) from first season concerns about Michael Long , he's a Police lieutenant with a difficult mission , busting a criminal organization dedicated to industrial espionage in Silicon Valley . But he's deceived by nasty people (Vince Edwards , Lance LeGault) , and receives a shot on the head and being seriously wounded . Although he survives , thanks to help a billionaire , a dying benefactor named Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart , he was the narrator of the show's opening credits who played Wilton Knight in the pilot episode, Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 , 1982). The benefactor Wilton gives him possibility a new countenance and identity named Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) . The mysterious chairman of Knight industries provides him an indestructible machine , an ultimate car , plenty of gadgets and with artificial intelligence named K.I.T.T. (voice by William Daniels). Michael Knight is supported by one of Wilton's associates named Devon Miles (Edward Mulahre) . Michael is assisted by the beautiful mechanic Bonnie (Patricia McPherson , subsequently replaced by Rebecca Holden in 24 episodes and Peter Parros as Cornelius) taking care of the computerized car and providing equipment .

    This is an enjoyable series with intrepid adventures , noisy action , car races with bounds and leaps , humor and pretty entertaining . Sympathetic , affectionate relationship between Michael Knight and his intelligent talking car . David Hasselhoff is nice as the superhero helping innocents and defenceless , fighting forces of evil in this dangerous world . Famous and unforgettable opening theme by Stu Phillips . The series was well produced by Glen A Larson , noted producer for TV and specially Sci-Fi series (Galactica, among others) .
  • Warning: Spoilers
    KNIGHT RIDER was total wish fulfillment for a kid. Who wouldn't want a high-tech explosive car that banters in a haughty voice? And it still works for me as an adult because I like the premise: one guy traveling from one town to the next solving crimes. It's a Western with a sweet ride. Hasselhoff knew how to play the eager-to-please Michael Knight and rocked the hell out of the lanky all-in-black look. Give him some facial hair and a pimp cane, and Garth's probably the most entertaining mirror-universe bad guy on TV. Even when the show was cheesy it was still fun.

    But it's really about the car. And let's be honest: K.I.T.T.'s an awesome piece of hardware. Sure, he'd have gadgets for whatever the story needed, but half the fun was watching him fly through the air, blast through walls and tear through the streets. He's super fast, ultra sleek and an '80s icon, no question.

    7/10
  • The show that defined the 80s! This is the series that defined The Hoff, and to this day I have fond memories of the wisecracks and rapport between Knight and KITT (voiced by William Daniels, famous for St. Elsewhere). The opening theme was one of the best from the 80s for sure.
  • I just saw what another guy had written about this series and I must say he is so far wrong on this subject and is probably not even from the era of the Knight Rider, A-Team, Airwolf, Magnum PI, Simon and Simon, MacGyver, and Harcastle and McCormick. All of the shows listed above are some of the best shows ever in the history of TV and how anyone has the audacity to sit here and type in a bunch of drivvle and say that Knight Rider had bad actors, bad stunts, and bad filming shows to me they know nothing about the show. The only problem Knight Rider had was, it was way ahead of its time. Knight Rider was a lot like KITT it was the show of the future. Now I will go on and defend Kinght Rider like any true fan would. David Hasselhoff may not have been one of the best actors, but none-the-less he is a fairly decent actor. In turn, the KITT car was a real Pontiac and at times it was a dumb car, most people know this stuff, however this is a TV show not real life, so if it may have seemed fake in manner, then maybe you should sell your TV and sit in your house like a bored bump on a log. My rating for Knight Rider is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
  • That was brilliant as comics, fair as TV show, and unforgettable as sci-fi. Actually, the idea of six million dollars' car with a free-spirit adventurous man is quite catchy and original, especially when they made it smartly on a background of the old west, and the unique relationship between the rider and his partner, which happens to be here his flying horse yet of the 20th century's science as well as fiction.

    A lot of previous reviews refer to how that was amazing as a childhood's memory, with a sense of disparagement also which describes this series always by traits like "cheesy". Well, guys, I think the right word is "cheery", because that was one piece of good entertainment where a lot of the adolescence's dreams came true: a friendship between a young man and a super machine, my computer and my car and my only buddy in one heroic form, a special foundation for low's enforcement, you can drive as crazy and jump by your car in the sky (still a thing which takes my breath away in every time) for the sake of justice and general welfare. WAW! Put to that a nice brawny chic lead, some slight comedy, and you'll have the (Knight Rider) as one of the top outings at the dream world which could capture your imagination, yearning for heroism, and too many of your childish wishes successfully.

    So when some of the old audience are talking about loving this as one of the childhood's memories, then it's just a sincere gesture not for their naivety once, or how that was dazzling but artless, NO it's their infancy inside which admits the real attachment to the creative fancy of that lovely show. And by the way, I think the main music theme summarized all of that wonderfully: the electronic future, the simple adventure, and with its finale you would grasp the childish sense of the whole thing clearly.

    Yes, on the other hand, the grown-up in every one of us will intervene in, to be the annoying but equitable mind's voice: the acting was perhaps the lowest element. True that (William Daniels) delivered a beloved vocal performance as the very sophisticated sidekick, but (David Hasselhoff) was just the handsome guy who was trying to be as attractive as the car! He got real spooky whenever he was angry to an extent made The Hulk look pretty calm! But despite everything, (Hasselhoff) could give the role its suitable image and spirit.

    (Edward Mulhare) as (Devon) was something that I didn't get accustomed to, simply because he had a face with a little bit evil features. And for the female part, (Patricia McPherson) was the wise girl, with the scientific clever brain, who personified on TV the new image of the working intelligent American girl at the time, who wasn't anybody's doll. Though the show provided many many brainless girls, who were hired just to look good, all chosen as (Farrah Fawcett)'s look-alikes, or at least as ones who got something of her, yet scarcely with an acting talent!

    Sometimes the scripts weren't that fine, or to be specific not as ambitious as the personality of K.I.T.T itself, with some exaggerated moments which gave the fans of the show, as a high sci-fi, a hard time. For instance, how K.I.T.T can assay the gunpowder in someone's gun without even touch it?!, and how it can see (Michael) wherever he was, and not by the hand watch?!.. etc. And I didn't like the forced laughable scene in every single episode's end, I know that it was one of the old innocent customs, but at times it was unbearable.

    Not to mention the MTV very obvious effect, when you suddenly find yourself listening to the most stylish pop songs, while watching short video clips during some episodes, along with the fashionable outfits of (Michael) which were too colorful and too merry, yet you may consider it cool if you're a fan of the 1980s, just like me.

    Despite its own weak points, it was a winning formula for a pastime show that has now even more appeal, because after 20 years, we're living the black, repulsive, and the bitter era of: dull supernatural, talking ghosts, bloodsuckers, disgusting forensic medicine, hideous reality TV, and (The Shield)! In one word, if the TV used to bring the refined, polished, and dreamy from the late 1970s to the start of the 1990s, I think it achieved the satiation completely to turn away from that to its absolute opposites: the ugly, shocking, and realistic.. as horrible as it could be. Therefore, hankering after all the classics of the 1980s, from the great (Magnum P.I.) to the plain (Knight Rider), is ordinary desire to watch something well-made, nostalgic for its genuine fans, and a real merciful rescuer from our days of American idols & autopsied corpses!
  • I was 3 years old when Knight Rider was released in 1982, I remember vaguely seeing some of the episodes when they were new. I find it puzzling that people will "nit-pic" a TV show that lasted a decent 4 years on the air, yes maybe corny to todays standards, but the show was harmless entertainment. Unlike TV programming today, at least it had it's own originality. Kids could watch it without a lot of heavy violence or nudity, (which was like none in Knight Rider. to name only a few.) on the contrary, it was very much sci-fi, as well as drama, and action. Bottom line, it's a TV show, get real folks, does anyone have imagination anymore?
  • I thought the pilot episode for Knight Rider was fantastic and I praised it in my review of it. The series that followed was just brilliant.

    David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight. Like many heroes of the 1980's Michael was a true hero with high morals who victims of crime could depend on. Michael Knight would always be there to help.

    The series had great plots, comedy and great action scenes. Michael Knight was actually a good detective throughout the series as he pieced together clues to various crimes. Once he had all the evidence he would race off with K.I.T.T. the car to engage in some fisticuffs with the bad guys.

    Ah, let's not forget the car K.I.T.T. Throughout the series run K.I.T.T. seemed to be able to do anything. It even took to the water at times. About the only thing it never did was fly into the sky but it could Turbo Boost over anything. It could go really fast, it could analyse crime scenes better than any detective, it had extensive knowledge of just about any subject and it had a human personality. It was a brilliant car.

    All in all, Knight Rider was consistently good throughout it's run. My personal recommendations would be the episodes Knight of the Juggernaut (K.I.T.T. is destroyed), Hills of Fire (Michael & K.I.T.T. pursue an arsonist) and the awesome pilot episode.
  • Yeah, an action-adventure TV show with a car that actually looks like a real car. No way that can be made today...except, you know, Supernatural.

    Supernatural has a car that looks like a car doesn't it.

    Well, anyway....

    I grew up in the 80s, so this was one of the coolest things I had ever seen...along with the A-Team, GI Joe, MTV, Riptide, and a large number of other shows that just blew kids out of the water back then...

    ...and kids were the real audiance weren't they? I mean, honestly KITT is a talking car. Kids are going to LOVE that. I loved that. I loved watching KITT drive into the back of a Semi-Truck on the open highway. I loved everything about this as a kid.
  • Knight Rider is of my favorite shows growing up in the 1980's and still is.David Hasselhoff is awesome in this show as Michael Knight,the late Edward Mulhare(Megaforce,Out To Sea and The Ghost & Mrs. Muir) as Devon Miles is also great.The show starts out as undercover Las Vegas police officer Michael Long gets show in the face by a lady who betrays him,Michael Long is left for dead in the Nevada desert but is saved by millionaire Wilton Knight.Wilton saves Michael Long's life,gives him a new face and new identity,Michael Knight.Wilton Knight is dying and tells Michael Knight about the fight he will be doing for F.L.A.G.(Foundation For Law And Government)Wilton tells him that "One man can make a difference"and dies on his deathbed.Michael Knight begins his fight to champion the cause of the innocent,the helpless,the powerless,in a world of criminals who operate above the law with the help of K.I.T.T.(Knight Industries Two Thousand)a black Trams Am with special abilities like talking of course.Michael comes up against real big time criminals like Garthe Knight(David Hasselhoff)son of Wilton Knight,K.A.R.R.(Knight Automated Roving Robot)the prototype and Goliath,the real big semi truck created by Garthe Knight,which has the same molecular bonded shell like K.I.T.T..This show is still in my book,one of the greatest shows made by Glen Larson next to Battlestar Gallactica.Patricia McPherson gives a great performance as Bonnie Barstowe,who is the mechanical and computer expert.Rebecca Holden as April Curtis is awesome,Peter Parros as RC3,RC3's real name is Reginald Cornelius III,is a wonderful addition in the season 4 premier.William Daniels(St. Elsewhere and Boy Meets World) is really superb as the voice of KITT.
  • Knight Rider was one of the staples of my TV diet as a preteen back in the wonderful (?) '80s. The main attraction to this young car fanatic was that...CAR. I swear, back then, that jet black Trans Am was awe-inspiring. It wasn't an '80s car in the sense that we know now, but an *'80s car*...new, ultra-high-tech, computerized! All those flashing buttons and lights and monitors were, like, so sophisticated. It even had a steering wheel that was a cross between an airplane's and a dragster's. Never mind that this Knight Industries 2000 talked with a voice like a somewhat more streetwise version of HAL 9000. Wow!

    It still has an air of futurism in my memories--it seems like it should still seem fresh now in the year 2004--but then of course I haven't seen it since its original run ended. Maybe better that I shouldn't, or risk ruining my memories.

    What I do remember, outside of having a minor crush on Bonnie and the chemistry between all the leads, is that as much as I enjoyed this show it had a distinct thread of creepiness running through the whole show. Technology had part of it--remember KARR, KITT's evil doppelganger? Or the episode where someone's voice had been cut apart and "reassembled" to say something different? But what I remember the most was the explosions. Funny how many shows I liked back then had lots of things blowing up (like The A-Team, another Universal TV favorite).

    Knight Rider's creeped me out for some reason...the one non-KITT image I remember over any other from this show, for some reason, is a large stack of fuel drums set ablaze by bad guys in a factory or airplane hangar, and a long, long scene of these drums exploding and shooting into the air like rockets, accompanied by a repetitive stock explosion sound effect right into the commercial break. I dunno, I still get the willies thinking about that one. Then again, there's that Lear Jet getting blown up in the opening credits...that one WAS kinda cool.

    Very strange what twenty years can do to one's memories of a show...some things are cystal clear, others (like the stories) I'm not sure I ever really paid attention to. Such is TV. KR was one of my faves once upon a time.
  • Like a lot of you here, I grew up in the 1980's (born in 1978) and I have been catching the reruns of Knight Rider on the Sci-Fi channel. I'm also pretty shocked at how goofy the show is compared to how I remembered it as a kid. Not much in this series makes sense, and hardly any of the story lines will captivate you. I can barely sit through an episode and it's only loyalty to my childhood that even has me watching the show in reruns. One thing that bothers me is that opening credit intro sequence. It's very MISLEADING to the tone and content of the series. The opening credits with KITT racing across a purple tinted desert is VERY COOL, and it implies a dark and menacing series that exists in a sinister hi-tech world. The universe of Michael Knight, "a man that does not exist" seems to be like that of Tim Burton's Batman or the recently released Daredevil, where anything can lunge out at you from dark and shadowy corners. But when you watch an episode of Knight Rider, you realize that it's NOTHING like the opening credits. Not even close. The show is more like an episode of Superfriends or Gilligan's Island. You might as well have the Skipper be the one driving KITT and calling him his "little buddy". The show fails to deliver on the evil world that is promised in the opening credits, and that is something that has always annoyed the hell out of me about Knight Rider.
  • Crooked small town cops, evil business men in three piece suits, roundhouse karate kicks, these are the trademarks of any number of 80's action adventure TV shows. You also know you are dealing with an 80s TV show if there are a lot of stories about revolutionaries in Mexico or some unknown Latin American country, cattle rustlers, or if there are plenty of car chases using cheap looking 1970s styled cars. Nearly every TV show from 1977 to 1986 featured these plot devices. Knight Rider may very well have been the silliest of the bunch.

    Before David Hasselhoff became an embarrassing alcoholic, and even before his Baywatch years with Pamela Anderson in the 90s, the man played Michael Knight back in the early-mid 1980s. Teamed up with a talking super car named KITT, the two battled evil forces in California and it's nearby surrounding states. Distinguished actor Edward Mulhare brought some respectability amid all the stupidity. The episodes tended to be consistently formulaic, with next to zero continuity between episodes, characters often said and did things that directly contradicted the previous week's episodes. One episode had Knight's boss Devon tell us that Michael better be careful because he is about to tangle with the man that ordered the hit on Knight when he was previously known as "Michael Long". Yet in the pilot episode of Knight Rider, Michael Long was merely an unlucky police officer who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time out in the desert, thus why he was murdered. There was no "hit" ordered on him. Does anyone remember that episode of Knight Rider where Hasselhoff's character orders a hamburger and then just leaves? Germans love David Hasselhoff, but he was a star for NBC from 1982 to '86.
  • Knight Rider is a show that is basically only good for 80's nostalgia. Watching it makes me feel like a kid again, back when I had no worries in life beyond going to elementary school and doing homework. Knight Rider is as 80's as Mr. T, Punky Brewster, Run DMC and WHAM! Michael and KITT give me that warm feeling inside and they take me back to my childhood. Unfortunately this is not a show with much substance or intelligence. It is true that this series does not feature the best acting and writing around, and it caters to children and the kind of crowd that love movies like "The Fast and the Furious" or "Armaggedon". Yes, this is a kiddie show.

    But after reading many of the comments here I feel that people are just being waaaaaay too hard on Knight Rider. Now that 80's kids have grown up, we're adults and we are looking back at this show through adult eyes. So a lot of people are really slamming Knight Rider for being a stupid goofball series and I think that is very unfair. I think Knight Rider is entertaining fluff. Just take your brain out, ignore the toy model cars and bad stunt doubles and simply enjoy the show for what it is. A fun 1 hour diversion from the hardships of daily life, and a brief nostalgia trip to the 80's.
  • Oh, how I loved this show!! Kitt was the greatest. I wanted to have my very own Kitt, and remember back in the 80s you could go to Universal Studios and they had a sort of mock-up Kitt there that you could sit in and talk to and stuff? I was always flattering that car, lavishing compliments on him... Ahhh.. what a terrific show that was. It's the kind they don't make anymore, one of those moral-pusher quasi-law enforcement shows. Even if they weren't about cops, they were about some millionaire-funded, hushhush do-gooding organization that had people going out and just looking for problems to solve. In the 80s you had shows like 'Highway to Heaven' and 'Scarecrow and Mrs. King,' and yeah, Scarecrow *was* a federal agent, but he wasn't like the "Lee Stetson! FBI!" kind of agent that Mulder is. Because in the 80s it was more cool to keep things mysterious and like, hide an elevator in a coat closet and a secret laboratory inside a semi truck and stuff like that. And they were really GOOD guys... almost like superheroes. Well, in Knight Rider, the hero was Michael Knight- a regular guy who did get paid (I guess), but you always got the feeling that he was out there every day because he really did just want to help people. And that's the kind of TV program that you don't see any more. These days the good guys aren't just *out there* cruising around looking for bad guys; the shows are more like 'The X Files' and 'NYPD Blue,' about realistic, work-a-day people who have trouble getting up in the morning and go through divorces and drug problems and whathaveyou. And they are good shows, but they lack that fantasy escapism that made the 80s so magical.

    Knight Rider was one of the best 80s offerings because it was one of the most unique. Sort of 'Dukes of Hazzard' meets 'Miami Vice' meets 'Highway to Heaven', but with the futuristic technology and a smart-mouthed car that made it work. And of course the requisite hero, a cute guy in a leather jacket. (Who didn't even carry a gun! How often do you see that?) And how can that go wrong? It just can't. "Knight Rider" has everything you want in it, not only action, but also character and classic themes like male heroics and happy endings, and even if you didn't care for Michael, Kitt was irresistible. Knight Rider is somewhat timeless in that Kitt was the first talking car (much as Mister Ed was the first talking horse), and that was done so well that the genre is now untouchable. There will likely never be another show about a talking car, because Kitt was the best, the one and only. Even his voice (William Daniels) is as much a part of Knight Rider as Michael himself.

    If they ever remake the series properly, it will only be successful if they stick to the same old formula of One Guy and His Car... none of this "Team" stuff. (Kitt never needed a team.) And they would have to avoid casting a bunch of famous names, because everybody knows the best shows are built on unfamiliar actors.

    "Knight Rider" was a great one. I miss it terribly. I am not against a remake, but I do think all of these sorry, half-ass attempts at it sully the original series considerably.*** Kudos to Hasselhoff and Daniels for being one of the best character duos on TV, and bringing us this wonderful program. My score: A

    Me: (petting the dash.)"Kitt, you're gorgeous. Do you know how beautiful you are?"

    Kitt: "Why thank you. You have very good taste."
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