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Knight Rider

Knight Rider logo
Format Action/Drama
Created by Glen A. Larson
Starring David Hasselhoff
voice of KITT: William Daniels (uncredited)
Edward Mulhare
Patricia McPherson
(Season 1, 3-4)
Rebecca Holden
(Season 2 only)
Peter Parros
(Season 4 only)
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 90 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 48 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 26, 1982August 8, 1986
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

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The series was broadcast on NBC and starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a kind of modern-day "knight" who drove an advanced smart car with artificial intelligence. Conceived and produced by Glen A. Larson, the show was an instant hit and inspired a sub-genre of high-tech crimefighter series. "I wanted to do The Lone Ranger with a car", Larson said in The Last Great Ride. "Kind of a sci-fi thing, with the soul of a western." This article is about the television network. ... David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is an American actor who was best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ... For other uses, see Knight (disambiguation) or Knights (disambiguation). ... A smart car is an automobile with some artificial intelligence (or AI) functionality. ... AI redirects here. ... Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer with many of his creations becoming cult hits, with some of them remaining in syndication or have been revived. ... The Lone Ranger. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Story

Michael Knight

Michael Knight behind the wheel of KITT

In the pilot episode, police officer Michael Arthur Long (played by Larry Anderson) was betrayed and nearly killed by a gunshot wound to the head by an industrial espionage expert named Tanya Walker (Phyllis Davis). A metal plate in Long's skull, the result of a head injury sustained during the Vietnam War, deflected the round, which still inflicted serious facial damage. Image File history File links Michael_Knight_and_KITT.jpg Summary David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight behind the wheel of his supercar KITT. From the Season 2 Knight Rider episode KITT The Cat. ... Image File history File links Michael_Knight_and_KITT.jpg Summary David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight behind the wheel of his supercar KITT. From the Season 2 Knight Rider episode KITT The Cat. ... KITT on display at Universal Studios. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Larry Anderson (born in 1952 in Minnesota) is an American actor and magician. ... The field of wound ballistics largely comprises the study of the physiology and medical effects of projectile weapons (chiefly, but not exclusively, bullets) on humans. ... Phyllis Davis (born July 17, 1947 in Port Arthur, Texas) is an actress who appeared primarily on television. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


Declared dead to the public, his medical care was taken over by the Foundation for Law And Government (FLAG). This part of the story is shown in the pilot, titled "Knight of the Phoenix" in syndication. The symbolism in this title is related to Michael's car, a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the likes of which usually featured a giant decal on the hood depicting the fire bird (the Phoenix). The phoenix traditionally is symbolic of rebirth, and the scene of Long collapsing on the hood foreshadows later events. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... The Pontiac Firebird was a pony car built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. ... For other mythic firebirds, see Fire bird (mythology). ...


FLAG is a private crime-fighting arm of the Knight Foundation, an organization founded by Wilton Knight, a billionaire philanthropist. In the context of the pilot, Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart) is dying of an undisclosed illness. Given a new face via facial reconstructive surgery, Long is resurrected as Michael Knight (now played by David Hasselhoff). Together with a high-tech automobile called the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), Michael Knight agrees to carry on Wilton Knight's crusade of aiding the powerless. He usually was given mission objectives by the new director of FLAG, Wilton Knight's longtime friend and confidant, Devon Miles (Edward Mulhare). Michael was selected for his high level of self-defense training, intelligence, law enforcement experience, and his ability and preference to work alone without assistance or back-up. A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her time, money, or reputation to a charitable cause. ... Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 - September 17, 1984) was an American actor. ... For the album by The Huntingtons, see Plastic Surgery (album). ... David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is an American actor who was best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... KITT on display at Universal Studios. ... For the American media company, see Knight Ridder. ... Edward Mulhare (8 April 1923 - 24 May 1997) was an Irish popular television leading man from 1956 to 1995. ...


Michael Knight was a special type of hero, a modern knight who avoided violence whenever possible and generally refrained from using firearms. Although most of Knight's cases were based in Southern California where FLAG was headquartered, the operation was not confined there. He could travel to whatever part of the country where trouble arose; sometimes even crossing borders into Mexico. FLAG also had facilities in Las Vegas and Chicago. FLAG's legal jurisdiction, however, was within the boundaries of the United States. The organization also owned an 18-wheeler that served as a mobile office and also offered technical support for KITT. For other uses, see Hero (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Knight (disambiguation) or Knights (disambiguation). ... Firearms redirects here. ... This article is about the region of Southern California. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... 18 Wheeler was a Scottish rock band active in the early 1990s, consisting of Sean Jackson (vocals, guitar), David Keenan (guitar, vocals), Alan Hake (bass), and Neil Halliday (drums). ...


In early literature for the series, the aforementioned metal plate in Michael Long's forehead was also said to be used for Knight to pick up various radiowaves and signals. This was played upon in the several Knight Rider tie-in novels published, but was very seldom used in the actual series itself. One of the only questionable examples of it being utilized is in the first season episode "Trust Doesn't Rust", when Michael suddenly tells KITT to switch to the police frequency, although it is arguable that he could have just noticed local commotion, or been acting on a hunch. Intuition is an unconscious form of knowledge. ...


In addition to playing Michael Knight, Hasselhoff also played a double role in the Season Two feature-length episodes Goliath and Goliath Returns, portraying not only Michael Knight but also Wilton's biological son Garthe Knight. At the time of Michael's surgery, Garthe was imprisoned in Africa. Believing that his son would never be seen again, Wilton had Michael's face modeled after Garthe's. In the pilot episode, both Devon Miles and Wilton stated that Michael actually resembled the face of Wilton himself as a young man. The novels written after the series aired described Michael's reconstructed face as based on images of both a young Wilton and Wilton's son. In any event, the Garthe storyline would not go beyond the second season, primarily due to Hasselhoff's request that the doppelgänger villain be ended, due to the time it took to be made up and film both the roles of Michael and Garthe. (In episode #47 of the two part "Knight of the Drones" it is revealed that prior to Michael Long/Knight that FLAG had a prospective "Knight" driver who was murdered; however, this was never mentioned in any other episode). Garthe Knight (played by David Hasselhoff) is a fictional character from the television series Knight Rider. ... For other uses, see Doppelgänger (disambiguation). ...


KITT

KITT on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.
KITT on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Main article: KITT

KITT, short for "Knight Industries Two Thousand", was for many the real star of the show. The car boasted artificial intelligence of sufficient level to reason, talk (the voice of William Daniels), and deliver sarcastic one-liners to Michael Knight as an equal. KITT could drive himself when Michael was otherwise engaged, keeping in contact via a wrist communicator or "comlink" (a modified LCD AM radio watch). KITT actually was considered two separate machines: the Knight 2000 vehicle and the Knight 2000 microprocessor. According to series creator Glen A. Larson, as quoted from Knight Rider Legacy, "The car is Knight 2000. KITT is the onboard computer. The car is one, and KITT is the nickname for the computer. I never considered the car was named KITT, just the character inside." The two entities were separated briefly throughout the series (refer to the episodes "Soul Survivor", "Junkyard Dog", and "Knight of the Juggernaut.") Download high resolution version (900x425, 90 KB)Large version, by mdoege@compuserve. ... Download high resolution version (900x425, 90 KB)Large version, by mdoege@compuserve. ... Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio in Universal City, California, and is the original Universal Studios theme park. ... KITT on display at Universal Studios. ... KITT on display at Universal Studios. ... AI redirects here. ... For other persons named William Daniels, see William Daniels (disambiguation). ... The comlink used by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn In science fiction, a comlink (or com link) is a small, hand-held personal communications transceiver. ...


KITT's Pontiac Trans Am chassis was reinforced with Wilton Knight's revolutionary Molecular Bonded Shell, which was resistant to most known weapons below heavy artillery. The vehicle's drivetrain consisted of a turbine engine, capable of accelerating to 300 mph; furthermore, the car had numerous other special abilities, the most notable being a frequently used 'Turbo Boost' for jumping over obstacles. This was a stunt similar to that used by the General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard, where the car (assisted by the aid of ramps and/or air compression) would leap into the air, usually in order to clear a hazardous obstacle. (In fact, the same stunt coordinator, Jack Gill, was involved in both series.) In Give Me Liberty... or Give Me Death, where an alternative-fuel race takes place, a racecar bearing a strong resemblance to the General Lee is racing with KITT. Though the car is missing the trademark Confederate flag and does not sport racing number 01, it is the same color and sports the same wheels as the General Lee. As an aside, its fuel is moonshine, in comparison with KITT's liquid hydrogen. KITT also had many other varied uses - perhaps the most impressive of these was his ability to print money as seen in Episode Four of the second season. The Pontiac Trans Am was an automobile produced by Pontiac, a division of General Motors (GM), to appeal to the growing muscle car population. ... For other uses, see Artillery (disambiguation). ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ... The General Lee is the automobile driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. ... Bo (R) and Luke Duke in their famous car, The General Lee The General Lee is the car driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Bo (R) and Luke Duke in their famous car, The General Lee The General Lee is the car driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Revenue men at the site of moonshine stills, Kentucky, 1911 or earlier For other uses, see Moonshine (disambiguation). ... This article is about the chemistry of hydrogen. ...


An early version of KITT, before the familiar scanner was completed, had a mockup scanner located at the extreme front of the bumper rather than at the front of the hood. It did not have the regular red light, being made instead of reflective material. The front end of this early model was significantly different from the usual model. It can be seen in a handful of very brief scenes in the pilot episode, and in stock footage used in some other first season episodes. (It can also be seen in a couple of shots of the first season opening sequence, and is prominent in the pre-closing credits sequence used for much of the season.)


KITT's speech is reflected in a 'voice modulator' located above the customised steering wheel. During the first season, the modulator was a red blinking square that lit up in time with KITT's voice. Midway through the first season, in the episode "Hearts of Stone", the voice modulator was updated to reflect that of evil twin KARR KITT's voice modulator was now three red lines that rose and sank from the centre of the screen as he spoke. This look was retained for the remainder of the run, although subtly tweaked in the third and fourth season. (The original blinking red square remained in the opening credits sequence for the remainder of the first season, and could still often be seen as stock footage in episodes of the first two seasons.) The very early mockups of KITT's dashboard showed the original flashing square to have 'Knight 2000' written on the display in LCD type font (this square was also a blank white color in some shots), leading to breaks in continuity, sometimes even within the same scene, as the details of the display varied between shots. KARR from the episode K.I.T.T. vs. ... LCD redirects here. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ...


KITT was actually the second smart car developed by FLAG. The first, dubbed KARR (the Knight Automated Roving Robot), was built without the directive for the preservation of human life (see Three Laws of Robotics) that KITT possessed. KARR fell into the wrong hands and served as KITT's mis-programmed evil twin during two episodes, "Trust Doesn't Rust", and "K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R.". KARR from the episode K.I.T.T. vs. ... This cover of I, Robot illustrates the story Runaround, the first to list all Three Laws of Robotics. ... For other uses, see Evil twin (disambiguation). ...


Several episodes - particularly during the second season - saw new technical gadgets added to KITT's repertoire, which were usually subsequently used to rescue Michael and KITT from some perilous situation in the same episode (and more often than not were never seen again after the particular episode in question). These features included a new coating that allowed KITT to drive through fire (in the episode "Ring of Fire"), special spiked tires for added traction ("Speed Demons"), and the ability to drive on water ("Return to Cadiz"). The last of these functions was actually planned for use as a recurring feature of KITT's, but the special effects process, which was done using models, was found to be so awkward and time-consuming that the ability was never utilized again.


The third season opener, "Knight of the Drones", saw the newly returned Bonnie rebuild KITT after he had been badly damaged by a missile. The dash display was revamped (with KITT's voice modulator slightly tweaked to be slightly taller). With this rebuild, several new features were added, such as the ability to generate an electrical charge; some of these new features continued to be used, others were seldom if ever seen again.


KITT received his most extreme modification at the start of the show's final season. During a mission in Chicago ("Knight of the Juggernaut"), KITT's Molecular Bonded Shell was neutralized by a passing street cleaner which actually sprayed a solvent designed to remove the MBS. His body was then severely damaged by an enemy battering ram. He was rebuilt in a miraculous 24 hours, with the help of Bonnie, RC3 (Peter Parros) and his streetwise mechanic friends. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Peter Parros (b. ...


Because they were not initially able to restore the car's Molecular Bonded Shell, the mechanics added a "Super Pursuit Mode", giving KITT a 40 percent increase in speed to in excess of 300 mph (483 km/h). Super Pursuit Mode was made possible by retractable airfoils and jet boosters. An "Emergency Braking System" was also installed to decelerate KITT from these high speeds, using three large airflaps. (The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren actually uses some of this braking flap technology today). As a special "gift" to Michael, the street mechanics added a button marked 'C', which when pressed, brought KITT's top down and turned him into a convertible. The effects for the extra functions, designed by George Barris, cost $250,000 to create. For the kite, see foil kite. ... The McLaren Mercedes-Benz SLR is a Anglo-German supercar jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... Two men called George Barris were prominent in the latter half of the twentieth century for their links to the Hollywood entertainment community. ...


The car (actually, a set of them) is a customization of a stock 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Rumor has it that the first one off the Pontiac/GM line was sent directly to Universal. The show's success resulted in the auto manufacturer's being overwhelmed by requests for the "Knight 2000" version of the car (which did not actually exist). The major exterior difference from a stock Trans Am is the nose, which was redesigned in order to accommodate a cylon-like red scanner. (It is notable that in most regions of the USA flashing/strobing red lights are reserved for emergency vehicles and are illegal for street use.) In the pilot "Knight of the Phoenix", there are a few noticeable scenes where the nose is a mockup. The car itself still has a worldwide scene with passionate fans, and replicas are known to exist in an unusually high number, at various levels of fidelity. The Pontiac Firebird was a pony car built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. ... Old Cylon Centurion shown in a museum display in the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries The Cylons are a cybernetic civilization at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity in the Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, in the original 1978/1980 series and movie, as well as the 2003 reimagining. ...


When asked about KITT's whereabouts, David Hasselhoff indicates that, like Roy Rogers did to Trigger, KITT is now stuffed and mounted in Hasselhoff's living room. In actual fact, Hasselhoff commissioned his own version of the car which sold to a private collection (the Nelson Collection) in 1992. Today one of the original KITTs (complete with the original 'red square' voice display) can be seen at the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in Keswick, Cumbria, England. The car is in a state of slight disrepair likely due to its age. Dale Evans and Roy Rogers at the 61st Academy Awards Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), who became famous as Roy Rogers, was a singer and cowboy actor. ... Trigger (1932- 3 July 1965) was a 15. ... The Cars of the Stars Motor Museum is located in Keswick, northern England and features a collection of celebrity television and film vehicles. ... The Moot Hall in the centre of Keswick. ...


Supporting cast

Devon Miles

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Devon Miles

Michael and KITT answered directly to Devon Miles (played by Edward Mulhare). Devon played the dual role of friend and leader of the team. He appears in almost every episode, usually to give the background on an assignment or situation in the beginning, and to help conclude the plot lines at the end. His extremely proper, British upbringing (even though the actor was, in fact, Irish) plays a large role in his demeanor, in a somewhat similar fashion to Higgins in Magnum, P.I., though a definite social hierarchy exists in Knight Rider (a boss and his employee). Initially, Devon was very displeased and unimpressed with Wilton Knight's choice of a successor, although Michael soon proved himself. Even so, particularly in the first season or two, Devon was often frustrated by the destruction and mayhem Michael would cause in the course of his missions. However, Michael always treated Devon with the respect and care as that of a father. There were times they disagreed, but always came to the same conclusion. By the end of the show's run, they seldom disagreed to any great extent. Edward Mulhare (8 April 1923 - 24 May 1997) was an Irish popular television leading man from 1956 to 1995. ... Magnum, P.I. is an American television show that followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck), a private investigator living in Hawaii. ...


In some episodes, his handling of situations is aided by his way with words, and in others that same ability is used for comic relief; a foil to American culture. Devon was an experienced and resourceful man who had evaded the Gestapo during World War II, and defended the Foundation for Law and Government whenever it came under negative scrutiny. On more than one occasion, Devon's role as leader of FLAG put him in situations of extreme danger, from which he was always somehow saved or able to recover. Devon was finally murdered in the year 2000 by Thomas J. Watts, a released murderer working with members of the Seattle police to overthrow a gun ban in Knight Rider 2000. The   (contraction of Geheime Staatspolizei: “secret state police”) was the official secret police of Nazi Germany. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Knight Rider 2000 is a 1991 sequel movie to the television series Knight Rider. ...


Bonnie Barstow

Patricia McPherson as Bonnie Barstow in Knight Rider

Bonnie Barstow (Patricia McPherson) served as KITT's chief mechanic. She acted like a female agent "Q" from James Bond; and was just as argumentative with the hero of the show, Michael Knight. She also served as romantic tension for Michael, as well as constructing new devices to aid KITT's performance in the field. Bonnie was chief mechanic in Seasons 1, 3 and 4. Image File history File links Patriciamcpherson. ... Image File history File links Patriciamcpherson. ... Patricia McPherson as Bonnie Barstow in Knight Rider Patricia McPherson (born November 27, 1954 in Oak Harbor, Washington, USA) is an American actress. ... Patricia McPherson as Bonnie Barstow in Knight Rider Patricia McPherson (born November 27, 1954 in Oak Harbor, Washington, USA) is an American actress. ... Q is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. ... 007 redirects here. ...


In season 1 - episode 10 - 'Inside Out' - 08:25, Michael asks rhetorically while in KITT, "I wonder if there's a real woman under those overalls, or just a robot?" KITT displays a schematic of Bonnie and answers, "Under the overalls she's 168 cm tall, 54 kilos in weight, 97 cm bust, other measurements: 61..."


McPherson constantly pushed for more to do in the series, possibly even having a romance with Knight, but as a result was dropped after the first season. However, the character and her relationship with Knight was popular enough for fans to write in by the sackload, leading to her being re-introduced at the start of the third season.


April Curtis

Rebecca Holden as April Curtis in the Knight Rider episode Goliath

April Curtis (Rebecca Holden) replaced Bonnie's role in Season 2 (1983-1984). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Rebecca Holden (b. ... Rebecca Holden (b. ...


Holden was brought in because Patricia McPherson was fired at the end of season one, and producer Robert Foster wanted to add (his own words) "glitz" to the series. Taking over the role of KITT's technician, April seemed to be more knowledgeable in medicine than Bonnie, though both were (arguably) about evenly matched in terms of physics. However, the relationship between Michael and April was different to Bonnie's relationship with Michael. Michael treated April with more respect and care as that of a sister. Michael and Bonnie's relationship had more sexual tension. Although in an interview, presumably held at the end of the second season, in the second UK Knight Rider annual Holden said that she has just renewed her contract and planned to stay with the show, April left the series without a trace as Patricia McPherson was re-hired for seasons 3 and 4. KITT on display at Universal Studios. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... An annual publication, more often called simply an annual, is a book or a magazine, comic book or comic strip published yearly. ...


In the third tie-in novel from the series, Mirror Image (adapted from the feature-length episode Goliath), it is stated that April is in fact Devon's daughter, but this was never mentioned in the series proper and is not considered canon. Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


RC3

Peter Parros in Knight Rider season 4 opening.

Reginald Cornelius III (Peter Parros), or "RC3" for short (often abbreviated to simply "RC" in the show), appears in Season 4. RC brought a different set of talents to FLAG, most notably his "street smarts" and ability to back Michael up in physical confrontations. He also is sometimes the driver of the semi. RC rides a dirt bike, and often gets to accompany Michael on missions. He saves Michael on more than one occasion, but also requires rescuing himself at times since he does not share Michael's high level of martial arts training. The character was added to bring a more multiethnic appearance to the show (though the series regularly featured Hispanics and other minorities in the Guest Cast) and to add to the storylines. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Peter Parros (b. ... Peter Parros (b. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ...


Rogues Gallery

Michael and KITT generally had different enemies in each episode. No single type of criminal was the norm, as Michael clashed head on with mobile assassins, saboteurs, bio-terrorists, psychopaths, and even nuclear-powered military groups. The only continuing thread was that his adversaries operated "above the law"; that is to say, conventional law enforcement agencies were unable or unwilling to stop them. Most adversaries were permanently defeated or captured after one encounter, though a select few would later return to challenge the duo.


Perhaps most noted for repeat appearances was Michael's physical double Garthe Knight, an international criminal who happened to be Wilton Knight's natural son. Garth piloted a huge, nearly indestructible truck named Goliath (a Peterbilt 352 Pacemaker). Goliath also counts as a nemesis of a sort for KITT, since it shared the same Molecular Bonded Shell, although it had no artificial intelligence. Garthe Knight (played by David Hasselhoff) is a fictional character from the television series Knight Rider. ... Goliath is an armoured truck built by Garthe Knight to destroy Michael and KITT. Goliath appears in 2 episodes: Goliath (1983) and Goliath Returns (1984). ... Peterbilt Motors is a manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty Class 6 through Class 8 trucks headquartered in Denton, Texas. ...


Other repeat enemies included KARR, an "evil" prototype of KITT, and Adrianne Margeaux (Ann Turkel), a highly educated and wealthy criminal who made appearances in two episodes (one of them a two-parter). In her second appearance, she teamed up with Garthe Knight and Goliath to attempt to defeat Michael Knight (the only occurrence that two previous villains team up). KARR from the episode K.I.T.T. vs. ... Ann Turkel (born July 16, 1946 in New York, USA) is an actress, dancer, singer, writer, producer and model. ...


It is notable that while Knight Rider portrayed a wide variety of situations and enemies, some actors and actresses were re-hired to play different roles later in the series. Both Ann Turkel (first as the aforementioned Adrianne Margeaux, then later as Bianca, the leader of a team of female extortionists) and John Considine (first as Boyd LaSalle, an electronics expert operating in Louisiana in Season 3, then as Phillip Nordstrom, a cybernetically-enhanced international terrorist in Season 4) made repeated appearances, as did other actors in more minor roles. This is a common practice for long-running TV shows: MacGyver, Dragnet, Law & Order, and the Star Trek series are just a very few shows that have also employed "re-casting". MacGyver is an American adventure television series, produced in Canada, about a laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent, played by Richard Dean Anderson. ... Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. ... The term Law & Order franchise is commonly used to describe a number of related American television programs created by Dick Wolf and originally broadcast on NBC, all of which deal with some aspect of the New York City criminal justice system. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ...


A few episodes, such as Season 3's "Knight of the Chameleon", feature Michael and KITT facing adversaries that dialogue indicated they had encountered in the past, despite such encounters not having been previously depicted in an actual produced episode. This is a list of episodes of the Knight Rider TV series ordered by the release date. ...


Spinoffs

Second season writer Tom Greene originally pitched the episode Speed Demons to be a new pilot, similar to 1985's Street Hawk. The deal fell through. Street Hawk was an American television series that aired for 13 episodes on ABC in 1985. ...


The two part episode "Mouth of the Snake" served as a backdoor pilot for a short lived series entitled Code of Vengeance, revolving around Vietnam vet David Dalton. The Knight Rider episode featured David exhibiting great gymnastics, not unlike The Six Million Dollar Man sans bionics, but when Code of Vengeance aired, Dalton was an ordinary-skilled drifter. It soon fell off the schedules after only five episodes. The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a cyborg working for the OSI (which was usually said to refer to the Office of Scientific Intelligence, but sometimes was called the Office of Scientific Investigation). ...


The television show spawned two made-for-television movies:

  • Knight Rider 2000, a 1991 sequel movie featuring Michael Knight and Devon Miles (who is killed off), with KITT being given a new sporty red body (provided by the Pontiac Banshee IV concept car) as the Knight 4000, and serving as a Television pilot for a would-be new series starring Susan Norman as Shawn McCormick, but it did not sell.
  • Knight Rider 2010, a 1994 movie very loosely based on the show. In this case, a Classic 1969 Ford Mustang 1 replaces the legendary Pontiac Trans Am, and there are very few links to the original show, so much so that it may not be considered canon other than for carrying the Knight Rider title.

There is now confirmation of a third movie with a possible release year of 2008.[1] Knight Rider 2000 is a 1991 sequel movie to the television series Knight Rider. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... The Pontiac Banshee is a concept car designed by General Motors and unveiled in 1988. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Knight Rider 2010 is a 1994 made-for-TV movie very loosely based on the television series Knight Rider. ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


In 1997, the fleet of intelligent vehicles grew in the TV series Team Knight Rider. Set sometime in the near future, the show featured Attack Beast, a Ford F-150 all-terrain vehicle; Dante, a Ford Expedition sport-utility vehicle; Domino, a Ford Mustang convertible; and Kat and Plato, twin customized motorcycles. The shows lead stars included Brixton Karnes, Christine Steel and Kathy Tragesar. Michael Knight returned at the end of the final episode of the first season, though not played by Hasselhoff; this was a cliffhanger intended to be explained in the next season; However the show did not fully catch on and the second season was not commissioned. Team Knight Rider (TKR) is a syndicated television spin-off series of the Knight Rider franchise that ran between 1997 and 1998. ... The F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford Motor Company sold for over 5 decades. ... The term All-Terrain Vehicle or ATV is used in a general sense to describe any of a number of small open motorized buggies and tricycles designed for off-road use. ... The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV built by the Ford Motor Company. ... A sport utility vehicle (SUV) or off-roader is a type of passenger vehicle which combines the load-hauling and passenger-carrying capacity of a large station wagon or minivan with features designed for off-road driving. ... For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see Ford Mustang Variants. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ...


According to USA Today, Glen A. Larson is in talks with a major production company to write the script for the new Knight Rider movie. Larson intends that the film be a bit darker than the original series, utilizing "foxhole" humor. USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...


Cultural impact

Similar shows

Debuting in 1982, the show was an instant hit, and inspired several other "crimefighter plus high-tech vehicle" series, such as Airwolf, Viper, Street Hawk, Blue Thunder and The Highwayman. There were also a few animated cartoon series partially inspired by the series; one was Turbo Teen, which featured a teenager who could morph into a talking car. Also, the cartoon series Pole Position, which was based off the popular Namco arcade game featured high-tech talking racecars. Glen A. Larson also produced a short-lived show called Automan that featured a hero with a virtual computer sidekick called "Cursor" that could become whatever was needed at the moment. Cursor often rendered the form of a car that would turn corners at 90 degrees, throwing passengers across the car. According to an interview with Sci-Fi Channel, Glen said he intended for Automan to be (technologically-speaking) "a step above Knight Rider." This article is about the television series. ... Viper was an action-adventure TV series about a special task force set up by the federal government to fight crime in fictional Metro City, California. ... Streethawk was a short lived American television series about the adventures of a police officer who, while officially taken off of street duty, fights crime secretly as the test pilot of an experimental motorcycle. ... For other uses, see Blue Thunder (disambiguation). ... The Highwayman is an action, science fiction, television series, created and produced by Glen A. Larson, that ran on the NBC Network in 1988. ... Turbo Teen is an animated series that aired Saturday mornings on the ABC network for twelve episodes between 1984 and 1985. ... For the video game series see Pole Position. ... This article is about Namco, a Japanese leisure company and game developer. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Automan was a U.S., science fiction, superhero, television series produced by Glen A. Larson. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ...


Automotive design

Knight Rider had a profound effect on consumer expectations, and the motor industry reacted accordingly. Within a couple of years of the show's runaway success, motor manufacturers began offering vehicles with digital LED instrumentation, and even trip computers and security systems which used electronic voice synthesisers which played back "talking" messages to the driver. External links LEd Category: TeX ... A trip computer is an onboard computer device fitted to cars which can generally record distance travelled, average speed, average fuel consumption, and display real time fuel consumption information. ...


It has been alleged that customers would visit their local Pontiac Dealership and request a Trans Am "Knight Rider" edition. Pontiac then told Glen Larson to refer to the car as a "Black T-Top" instead.


Toys and games

Various toy versions of KITT were released and produced solid profits. Among the more notable of the Knight Rider memorabilia includes the remote controlled KITT, the Knight Rider lunch box, and the deluxe version of KITT. This final model, sold by Kenner Toys and dubbed the "Knight Rider Voice Car", spoke electronically (actual voice of William Daniels!), featured a detailed interior and a Michael Knight action figure as well. Also various electronics firms sold kits to add the running red lights to any car. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Kenner. ...


In the 80's there was a Knight Rider toy vehicle for Germany's Darda system. This does not cite any references or sources. ...


Knight Rider was turned into a computer game in 1986 for several popular 8-bit formats, although it only received a partial release. In the modern era, Knight Rider the Game was produced by Davilex International under license. Players drive KITT through 15 missions. With the popularity of Knight Rider the Game, Davilex also released a sequel in late 2004. The second game didn't follow the original series as much because KITT had weapons. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... 8-bit refers to the number of bits used in the data bus of a computer. ...


In Japan, between 2002 and 2004, a Japanese toy manufacturer Aoshima which had the official license to produce Knight Rider merchandise, produced the Knight Rider FLAG trailer truck 1/28 scale model and a KITT and KARR mini-Z racers (these were R/C cars). It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: This entry fails WP:CORP. If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ... Kyosho Inferno 1/8-scale buggy A radio controlled car is a powered model car driven from a distance by a hand-held radio transmitter which sends its control information to the cars onboard receiver. ...


Charawheels 1/64 scale die-cast toy model of KITT (2004) — Charawheels is “Hot Wheels” in Japan. This toy is very hard to find now.


As with many popular series of the era (including The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team et al), ERTL released die-cast toys of KITT in three different sizes - the common miniature sized model, a 'medium' sized model, and a large sized model. These toys featured red reflective holograms on the nose to represent the scanner (however, they were located on the point of the nose, rather like the early mock-up of KITT seen in the Pilot) as opposed to altering the basic model design to incorporate the scanner as commonly seen in the series. The toys also included round steering wheels as opposed to KITT's customised one. Also in late 2004, 1/18 scale die-cast models of KITT and KARR were produced from ERTL complete with detailed interior and light up moving scanner just like in the series. KARR was later manufactured by Aoshima. They repainted the KITT models that they got from ERTL with KARR's colours and changed the scanner to amber. Both KITT and KARR sold very well both in stores and online. These models are still available on various websites selling die-cast models, as well as eBay. The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. ... For the 2008 movie, see The A-Team (film). ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: This entry fails WP:CORP. If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ...


In September 2006, Hitari, a UK based company that produces remote control toy cars, released the Knight Rider KITT remote control car in 1/15 scale complete with the working red scanner lights, KITT's voice from the TV show and the car's turbine engine sound with the "whoosh whoosh" scanner sound effect. This can still be found online at eBay or at some stores in the UK.


In March 2007, Advanced Mobile Solutions Ltd (AMS) published the Knight Rider mobile game in 2D and 3D versions. The game has been released on wireless carriers' networks in Europe with a planned Q2 2007 release in the U.S. and Asia. In the 10 multi-level missions, the user plays avatar Michael Knight and drives KITT to combat enemies such as KARR, Goliath, the Fist and others. Screenshot from a mobile fighting game, Fightality A mobile game is a video game played on a mobile phone, smartphone, PDA, handheld computer or any type of handheld or wireless device. ...


Stardom

Knight Rider was David Hasselhoff's first major television role and it established him as a popular star. He achieved even greater fame in the worldwide syndicated hit Baywatch. Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ...


Music

In 1983 the theme music was released on a 45rpm during the holiday season. Produced by Glen Ballard & Brock Walsh under the performer title "Kitt The Amazing Car of Tomorrow" with narration by William Daniels & David Hasselhoff but mostly by an unknown performer. This single was titled "A Knightrider Christmas" on MCA Records 52330. The fondly-remembered theme music, written by* series producer Glen A. Larson and Stu Phillips (who also scored several episodes), was sampled for two 1997 hit singles: Busta Rhymes' "Fire It Up" and Timbaland & Magoo's "Clock Strikes [Remix]". Several other artists, including the alternative metal band System of a Down's "I-E-A-I-A-I-O" from Steal this Album, have copied the tune as well. Under the moniker of Michael Knight, DMX Krew released a 12" vinyl, "Knight Ryder", with a cover of the theme. The B-side is a track called "Trans-Am Beats." UK Garage outfit So Solid Crew sampled it for their 2002 hit "Ride Wid Us." In 2000, female rapper Lil Kim also sampled this tune in the song "How Many Licks" featuring Sisqo on The Notorious K.I.M. album. Panjabi MC also sampled the theme tune for his 2002/2003 UK and European crossover Bhangra influenced dance hit, "Mundian to Bach Ke (Beware of the Boys). A remix to Panjabi MC's song starred jay-Z." In 2003 the Mexican electronic-music band Sonido Lasser Drakar performed a remix from the theme, it was called "Pontiac Firebird 82" as a tribute to the car that was portrayed KITT. Pat Thomi, a prolific session guitarist, played the guitar on the original theme. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer with many of his creations becoming cult hits, with some of them remaining in syndication or have been revived. ... Stu Phillips is a television and film music composer. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Trevor Smith (born on May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. ... Timbaland. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a song by the band System of a Down. ... Steal This Album! is the name of an album released by System of a Down. ... DMX Krew is the recording name of Ed Upton. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lil Kim on the cover of her album Notorious Kim Kimberly Ann Jones, professionally known as Lil Kim (also called The Queen Bee, The Lieutenant, and The Queen Bitch such as the QB of all bitches) is a United States rapper who was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood... How Many Licks is the second single of the 2000 Lil Kim album The Notorious K.I.M.. It debuted at number 90 on the Hot 100 charts and rose to 75. ... Sisqo on the cover of his 1999 LP Unleash the Dragon. ... Alternate covers Clean Version Cover Executively produced by Sean Puffy Combs, Kimberly Lil Kim Jones and Christopher The Notorious B.I.G. Wallace, The Notorious KIM is the sophomore album from East Coast Hardcore MC, Lil Kim, released on June 27, 2000 by Atlantic Records. ... Panjabi MC (real name Rajinder Singh Rai) is a British Indian musician. ... Bhangra (Punjabi: , , ) is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. ... Mundian To Bach Ke (Punjabi: , ), also titled Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke), is a bhangra song performed by Panjabi MC. The song was released on his 1998 album Legalised. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Maria Daniela y su Sonido Lasser is a Mexican electronic group. ... KITT on display at Universal Studios. ...


In metal, Swedish deathrash outfit The Crown adapted the opening notes of the theme tune for the bridge of their song "The Speed Of Darkness", which appears on their 2002 Crowned In Terror album and its 2004 revision, Crowned Unholy. Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames used the theme to open their set during the Unholy Alliance tour in 2006. This article refers to the Commonwealths concept of the monarchys legal authority. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Crowned in Terror is the fifth album by Swedish death/thrash metal band The Crown. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004s Crowned Unholy is the seventh LP from swedish death/trash band The Crown. ... Melodic death metal, (also referred to as Gothenburg metal, melodeath, and post-death) is a subgenre of death metal. ... In Flames is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden founded in 1990. ...


Classical music fans will note a striking similarity between the opening motif of the Knight Rider theme and the opening fanfare of the March and Procession of Bacchus by Léo Delibes. In music, a motif is a perceivable or salient reoccurring fragment or succession of notes that may used to construct the entirety or parts of complete melodies, themes. ... Maestro Clément Philibert Léo Delibes, Paris, circa 1885 (Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes (February 21, 1836 – January 16, 1891) was a French composer of Romantic music. ...


The latest cover addition, released on some parts of Europe during late 2006/early 2007, is called: "Crazy Frog - Crazy frog in the house (knightrider)"


When Stu Phillips left the series, Don Peake became the music composer and did the remaining 77 episodes during the rest of the series. The change of the style between the composers can be felt in the middle of the first season, from Hearts of Stone onward. The style of the music composed by Phillips was more symphonic, Peake's was more electronic and rock. Stu Phillips is a television and film music composer. ...


Knight Rider has the distinction of being one of the first U.S. television series to utilize popular music throughout the episodes. Most of the time, for cost reasons, a cover band was hired to perform the songs (so that the production company only had to pay for a license for the song itself and not the original artist's recording of it). Most of the songs were used in driving montages, although music did figure prominently in the plot of the episode "White Line Warriors", in which a radio disc jockey played the John Cougar Mellencamp song "Crumblin' Down" (albeit performed by a cover band) as a signal to robbers. It would not be until 1984 that Miami Vice would go further in its use of music, both original and popular, for both dramatic scenes and action scenes. John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American singer and songwriter, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, and by his role in the Farm Aid charity event. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ...


Popularity in other countries

Knight Rider proved immensely popular overseas, and continues in syndication in various countries today. David Hasselhoff remains one of the most recognized stars worldwide thanks to his role as Michael Knight.

  • In Brazil the series was called A Super Máquina (literally The Super Machine, meaning more like "the super ride") and was dubbed in Portuguese language. The names of the characters remained unchanged.
  • In Costa Rica the series was called El Auto Fantastico that means The Fantastic Car.
  • In Estonia, the series has been repeatedly aired on TV3, under the original name and in the original version with Estonian subtitles. In Nordic countries, most series are shown in the original language with subtitles, so apart from the title of the show, which is sometimes translated, characters' names, voices, etc. are identical to those in the original version. (see Finland and Sweden)
  • In Finland, the series was called Ritari Ässä, which would translate in English as Knight Ace. In Sweden the show has two names, Nattens riddare, literally meaning "Knight of the Night" and Knightrider, thus the Swedish speaking minority in Finland may use either the Finnish title or Swedish (identical to English) title when talking about the show.
  • In France, the series was called K 2000, K for Knight, the intro also reference Michael as a knight and his horse; originally aired on "La Cinq", reruns occasionally on M6, and TF1, and now (2006) on NT1.
  • In Germany and Austria the series was called Knight Rider, and was dubbed like any non-German program. The show opener text has been changed to: Knight Rider - ein Auto, ein Computer, ein Mann - Ein Mann und sein Auto kämpfen gegen das Unrecht (Knight Rider - a car, a computer, a man - A man and his car fight against injustice). The FLAG was called "Foundation für Recht und Verfassung" (Foundation for Law and Constitution). All the names of the characters remained unchanged. The show aired on RTL, Super RTL and Das Vierte in Germany and on ORF1 and ATV (formerly known as ATV+) in Austria and is rerunning regularly. The show was popular enough that it spawned a licensed German audioplay series available on cassettes which basically re-told the actual TV series, only with a better translation than can often be done for lip-synch dubbing, featuring the series's original dubbing voices but employing own sound FX and scene music alongside the show's original theme.
  • In Greece Knight Rider was aired by the public television in the original language, and its title was translated as "O Ippotis tis asfaltou" (Ο ιππότης της ασφάλτου), literally "The road Knight". There were also reruns of the show during the 90s from various private channels. Finally, in the late 80s, also a Greek b-movie produced, based on a "Greek" Knight Rider version, called "Psit", starring the comedy actor Kostas Voutsas in the role of Michalis Nichtas (Μιχάλης Νύχτας), a transliteration of the name Michael Night (not Knight).
  • In Israel the show was translated as Abir al Galgalim or Knight on Wheels. However, most people refer to the series as Hamechonit Hashchora or The Black Car. The series was very popular, and reruns have been broadcasted up until 1996.
  • In Hungary the title of the series was left in its original state, as Knight Rider. KITT was voiced by László Versényi, although in a heavily deepened state. The reason for such a deep voice was that Hungarian people were not used to a telephone voice like William Daniels's KITT voice. Most of KITT's functions were translated in a way that they were named "Mode", for example, "Turbo Boost" was called "Turbo Mode", or sometimes "Turbo Drive",. Super Pursuit Mode was translated S-P-M-Stage (S-P-M-Fokozat). During the original airing in 1992, the episodes were scrambled and were left in this scrambled way until the latest airing in 2005-2006, when the episodes were aired according to the original episode list. FLAG was translated as "Jogért és Igazságért Alapítvány (Foundation for Right and Justice). In Hungary, Knight Rider was one of the first crime fighter series and is still popular among many fans.
  • In India, the show used to be shown on the public broadcast terrestrial channel, Doordarshan. The satellite channel Star World has ended airing episodes of Knight Rider as of November 2006.
  • In Indonesia, Knight Rider used to be aired in RCTI, the first terrestrial station in Indonesia with Indonesian subtitle. The show had tremendous impact around the country.
  • In Italy, the series was called Supercar, while all the characters' names remained the same. Airing begun in 1983, and still goes on occasionally. This is widely recognized as one of the most successful series in the history of Italian television. The intro soundtrack is always the instrumental one from the pilot "Knight of the Phoenix", as the narrated version never plays, in neither language. The same way, the ending quote "One man can make a difference, Michael", at the epilogue, is replaced by the soundtrack only, giving the audience the classical image of the venture hero riding away, rather than the one of a person with a mission stated by a dead man. A different character interpretation is present in many lines from KITT, especially from early episodes, too. Assuming that KITT's behavior while speaking is in between HAL9000 from 2001 and VINCENT from The Black Hole, there are lines (e.g. in the pilot, when KITT returns to Michael after having been stolen) where it sounds a lot more formal and distant (like HAL9000) in Italian than in the original dialogue. The voice was also deeper than the English one, so much that at the beginning of Season 2 ("Goliath") the dubbing actor was changed. The early voice belongs to Adolfo Lastretti and the later one, closer to the original, to Massimo Venturiello. An edition aired in the Italian-speaking Switzerland around 1984-1985 had, in at least a couple of episodes, a different audio mixage, with the front scanner "humming" noise removed or heavily lowered. It also sported the original title in the opening sequence.
  • In Japan, Knight Rider has been transliterated as ナイトライダー in Katakana (Romaji: Naito Raidā). TV Asahi started airing the episodes since 1984. However, the sequence of the episodes was very different from the original American one. For example, "Voo Doo Knight" was the last episode in the USA, but "The Scent of Roses" was the last one in Japan. Most Season Two episodes were aired before starting Season One. The following episodes (from Season One unless otherwise indicated) were not aired in Japan, but they are still available in Japanese version (Region 2) of Knight Rider DVDs: Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular, Not a Drop to Drink, A Plush Ride, Forget Me Not, Hearts of Stone, A Nice, Indecent Little Town, White Bird, Knight Moves, Short Notice, and Silent Knight (Season Two).
  • In Lithuania the show was translated as Ratuotas Riteris, meaning Knight on Wheels. It is very popular among the viewers and the series gets a re-run every 3 or 4 years.
  • In Mexico, Knight Rider was known instead as El Auto Increible, or The Incredible Car. KITT's voice was provided by Germán Robles who, oddly enough, was born in Spain.
  • In New Zealand, Knight Rider aired unaltered to a keen audience. It has been replayed many times since the mid eighties, and continues to receive airtime every four or five years.
  • In Pakistan, the show used to be shown on the public broadcast terrestrial channel, PTV. It gained a massive following and even now cars can be seen with a row of red lights imitating KITT's hood. It remains the most popular American TV show ever telecast to date.
  • In Poland the show was translated as Nieustraszony which means Fearless in English. The character names and KITT itself has not been changed in the first translation, although in the second one KITT was called "K". Due to bad sound quality in some episodes, many fans were thinking that Michael was driving KARR. Although, in episode 3 or 4 of the first season, KITT says "Jednak wolę być K 2000", which can be translated as "I want to remain as K 2000". That convinced Polish fans that Michael was driving KITT.
  • In Portugal the series was called O Justiceiro (roughly meaning The Bringer/Enforcer of Justice) - it was subtitled and no names were changed. However, some years after its prime there were reruns of the show, only these were the dubbed version from Brazil, which to many made the show unintentionally funnier than the original version (Brazilian and Portuguese people tend to consider each other's pronunciation funny in general).
  • In Russia, the series was professionally dubbed as most of the non-Russian series and broadcast on STS TV-channel at the end of 1990s. The series was called "Рыцарь дорог" meaning "The Knight of the Roads".
  • In Saudi Arabia, the series was broadcast in English on Saudi Aramco Channel 3 during the middle to late 1980s. It was one of the few shows that was permitted airtime, despite the fact that many of the female actresses would wear short shorts, something unacceptable in Saudi culture.
  • In Slovenia, the series was called Vitez za volanom meaning Knight Behind the (steering) Wheel. It was subtitled and no names were changed. The show still reruns from time to time.
  • In South Africa, Knight Rider had an effect out of all proportion to its immediate stature at the time of production, by creating a significant circumvention of the UN imposed sanctions during the era of Apartheid. The episode "Goliath pt 1 & pt. 2" with the confrontation between Garthe Knight and Michael Knight, and therefore between KITT and Goliath, were filmed in South West Africa, then the U.N. mandate of South Africa. Moreover, local black acting talent John Kani provided a compelling African Dictator, Tsombe Kuna, as a supporting villain to Garthe Knight, as the driving force supporting the construction of Goliath.
    The effect of the production for the SABC's syndication was electric - they furnished the Knight Rider crew with all facilities, and a number of SABC crew names appear on the credits of the two part episode. Universal Studios then syndicated as part of the agreement for production of the episodes, all of their popular television programs, past and future production. South Africa in the 1980s therefore rebroadcast programs such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, after translation into Afrikaans by Leephy Studios.
    New programs such as Knight Rider, A-team, The Bold and the Beautiful, Miami Vice, Dallas and Dynasty were broadcast in English. Children's programs, and all manner of other televised entertainment entered the country through this one deal, as did music and many other media. Knight Rider therefore reshaped the South African entertainment market at the height of Apartheid and Sanctions.[citation needed]
  • In South America, except Brazil, the show was renamed "El Auto Fantástico" (The Fantastic Car) and is generally known by that title. Incidentally, many shows are renamed overseas to better suit the subtleties of different languages. In this case the play on the word "Knight" in the title (a triple meaning, with Michael Knight, the Knight Foundation, and the classic medieval Knight all playing part of the meaning) was not as effective in Spanish speaking countries, as the word Knight is translated to "Caballero" (meaning both "Knight" and "Gentleman"). "El Auto Fantástico" also contained slight differences in the naming of certain elements, with the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG) being renamed FLO (La Fundación de la Ley y el Orden, translated as the Foundation for Law and Order) to suit the audience. Names of the characters remained unchanged, with the only other differences being the voices of the actors who recorded the lines in Spanish.

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  • In Spain, Knight Rider was known as "El Coche Fantástico" (Literally "The Fantastic Car". "Coche" translates to "car", this is a stylistic difference of the Spanish language, whose vernacular varies from country to country) and FLAG was called "Fundación para la Ley y el Orden". The voice of KITT was dubbed by Carlos Revilla, a fondly remembered actor who later provided the voice of Homer Simpson. Funnily enough, in the Spanish version of the episode The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, KITT makes an animated cameo and Mr. Revilla dubbes both his voice and Homer's. Carlos Revilla passed away in 2000.
  • In Turkey, the show was known as Kara Şimşek (literally Black Lightning). This name referred to KITT itself. The show was such a big hit that during the years of the initial run, many automobiles and vans were fit with a thin row of red lights that imitated similar lights on KITT's hood. It has left such strong memories that stand-up comedian Cem Yılmaz came up with a series of television commercials as recent as 2005, where he had a talking car named GİTT, a 131 Fiat Mirafiori, the cheapest most common car in Turkey, outfitted with the scanner. In one petrol commercial Yilmaz drag races his GITT Mirafiori against a Corvette on the Istanbul Park raceway. They take off together, as the Corvette crosses the line and comes to a halt, the driver steps out to see Yilmaz playing a game of table football, casually proclaiming a 5-0 victory as the driver listens in.
  • In the UK the show was a massive hit also. Broadcast on ITV - the show raked in a massive audience, even though it was not networked for much of its run, with each region showing episodes in their own selected time-slots (and as was common with such imported shows, episodes were often shown out of sequence, and sometimes edited for time and / or content as each region saw fit). Many regions had their own quirks with the show - for example, London region Thames split the very late episodes, which were not pulling in as many viewers, into two halves, airing them over Monday and Tuesday in a 5:15 p.m. slot. After the initial run of the series, many regions ran the unpopular edited half-hour versions in the late 1980s. Various ITV regions also gave it (the complete episode versions) a repeat run in the mid-1990s, although some regions, such as London's LWT, did not do so, and those that did only showed the first three seasons. In 1997, it was shown by the newly launched Channel 5, who ran most episodes in a Saturday morning slot as part of their youth-orientated strand, first as a double-bill of episodes, then later with one episode on Saturday and one episode on Sunday. Although there was the occasional minor edit here and there, it was the first time that a lot of material (such as the opening trailers, which ITV often edited out), was shown on UK television. They ran the series to near the end of the third season, but did not show the fourth season despite many requests from fans; although they did show the feature-length fourth season opener, "Knight Of The Juggernaut", in a 'one-off' showing (the other feature-length episodes were also given airings in such 'one-off' slots several times). A couple of years later they too also aired the unpopular half-hour edit version. It is currently broadcast by Virgin Media owned channels Bravo and Virgin 1, who also broadcast the fourth season for the first time since the episodes were originally shown on ITV in the later 1980s.
  • In Taiwan, the show was called 霹靂遊俠 or "Super Knight" and Michael Knight's name was translated to be 李麥克 or LEE Mike. KITT was known as 霹靂車 or Super Car.
  • In Sri Lanka Knight Rider has an immense success being extremely poplar in 80s. After several retelecasts, the show is currently being retelecast again.

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Cable and satellite re-runs

Episodes of the original show were re-broadcast on several Cable TV channels including USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel and most notably a widescreen version remastered in HDTV format on Universal HD. When the series reran on Sci-Fi, a few brief scenes from the syndicated version of the series were edited out, and one or two commercial breaks were spliced in (noticeable because those breaks did not utilize the desert cues used in the series.) The show can currently be seen in the United States on the NBC Universal cable television channel, Sleuth. In Canada, this show can be seen on Saturday & Sunday on Deja View. In the UK, re-runs can be seen on the Satellite, Cable and Digital Terrestrial channel Bravo and Virgin 1 at selected times. In the Middle East the show can be seen on TV Land. It is also seen on TV Land in the United States. Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 films and pre-widescreen television. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... Universal HD, designed for HDTV, is a cable television network owned by NBC Universal. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... Sleuth is a digital cable television channel with programming dedicated to the crime, mystery and suspense genres. ... Bravo is a British television channel, owned by Flextech. ... This article is about the television channel. ... TV Land (originally Nick-at-Nites TV Land) is an American cable television network which first started transmissions on April 29, 1996. ...


DVD Releases

DVD Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 (Taiwan only) Region 4
Season One August 3, 2004 September 13, 2004
(R2 has different cover art)
April 7, 2007 December 1, 2004
Season Two April 12, 2005 July 4, 2005 July 24, 2007 September 19, 2005
Season Three January 31, 2006 May 26, 2006
(R2 has different cover art)
N/A July 12, 2006
Season Four:
The Final Season
April 4, 2006 September 18, 2006 N/A September 20, 2006
Seasons One, Two,
Three & Four
(The Ultimate Collection)
N/A November 13, 2006
(only available in R2)
N/A N/A

The show's first season (which includes the Knight Rider 2000 bonus disc) was released on DVD in North America (United States and Canada) on August 3, 2004. The second season was released on April 12, 2005. The third season (which includes the bonus episode "Knight of the Rising Sun" as a taster of season four) was released on January 31, 2006. Season Three has some sound effects missing from some episodes (such as gun shots, eject lift, etc.) and by contacting Universal, they will send you information about getting replacement discs sent to you via mail. The fourth and final season (which includes KITT's blueprints and a 1980s TV Flashback special) was released on April 4th, 2006. The DVDs are produced by Universal, the series' original distributor. DVDs of the first two seasons have subtitles in English, French, and Spanish, but season three DVDs have no French subtitles and season four DVDs have no Spanish subtitles, either. is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Knight Rider 2000 is a 1991 sequel movie to the television series Knight Rider. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The season boxsets have also been released in European markets. The main difference is that the discs are PAL instead of NTSC color system. There are other differences as well. The cover art is different, at least the language used on the cover may be other than English (thus the boxset may not actually have the "Knight Rider" text on it). The order of episodes may be different too; this was the case with the first season discs. The first season discs were released on 8 one-sided discs in Europe whereas the American release had 4 two-sided discs, and, bizarrely, the Region 2 version contained the Pilot on the 7th disk. The Region 2 first season set also didn't contain the opening teasers for each episode. But for the most part the discs, or at least the overall content of the boxsets, are identical as Region 1 and Region 2 versions. One should also note that there are many language areas in Europe and while some boxsets are intended for larger selections of this market (i.e. they feature 2 or 3 dubbed soundtracks and a good number of subtitle options) later releases do not even necessarily contain the original English language dialogue or subtitles for the hard of hearing. For example, the UK release of Season 3 has only English audio and no subtitles while the French release has only French audio and no subtitles. As there are many people in Europe whose preferred language is different to the one in the region where they are sitauted this appears to have been a big backward step by Universal. For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... NTSC is the analog television system in use in Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and some other countries, mostly in the Americas (see map). ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ...


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Cast and crew credits

Actor Role Seasons Range
David Hasselhoff Michael Knight Seasons 1-4
William Daniels Voice of KITT Seasons 1-4
Edward Mulhare Devon Miles Seasons 1-4
Patricia McPherson Bonnie Barstow Seasons 1, 3-4
Rebecca Holden April Curtis Season 2
Peter Parros Reginald Cornelius "RC3" III Season 4

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William Daniels was one of the stars of St. Elsewhere, as Dr. Mark Craig, and worked on both series simultaneously. In 1967 he played Benjamin Braddock's father in The Graduate, appeared as future President of the United States John Adams in the 1972 musical 1776, and he later starred in the series Boy Meets World as George Feeny. As explained on the first season DVD, Larson saw Daniels in the film Two For The Road with Audrey Hepburn. The character Daniels portrayed in that film was one of the inspirations for K.I.T.T. For other persons named William Daniels, see William Daniels (disambiguation). ... St. ... For the novel of the same name, see The Graduate (novel). ... 1776 is the title of a 1969 Broadway musical and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicled the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews, who grows up from a pre-pubescent boy to a married man. ... Two for the Road is a 1967 movie directed by Stanley Donen about the twelve-year relationship between an architect (Albert Finney) and his wife (Audrey Hepburn). ... Audrey Hepburn (4 May 1929 - 20 January 1993) was an Academy Award and Tony Award winning Anglo-Dutch actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ...


Rebecca Holden still acts to this day in character roles, as well as singing, and Patricia McPherson is an environmental advocate in California. She recently was a guest at the Knight Nationals in Ohio that featured KITT replica builders across the country. Rebecca Holden (b. ... Patricia McPherson as Bonnie Barstow in Knight Rider Patricia McPherson (born November 27, 1954 in Oak Harbor, Washington, USA) is an American actress. ...


Wilton Knight was played in the pilot by Richard Basehart. Basehart died in 1984, but his voice served as the narration until cancellation in 1986. Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 - September 17, 1984) was an American actor. ...


In his first appearance (“Trust Doesn’t Rust”), KARR was first voiced by Peter Cullen (who was also best known as the voice of Optimus Prime and Ironhide, also Vector Sigma in The Transformers). In his second appearance ("KITT vs. KARR"), he was voiced by Paul Frees, who is best known for voicing Ludwig Von Drake in the popular anthology series, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and the villain Boris Badenov in the classic cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Like William Daniels, Frees was uncredited on-screen, resulting in some sources mistakenly crediting Peter Cullen as providing the voice for both episodes. KARR from the episode KARR (the Knight Automated Roving Robot), is a villain from the Knight Rider television series. ... Peter Cullen, born in Montreal, Canada is a voice actor who is best known for providing the voices for Optimus Prime and Ironhide, in the original Transformers series and the narrator in both American Voltron series. ... This refers to the original character. ... Ironhide is the name of several different fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Vector Sigma. ... The Transformers franchise consists of a number of toy lines consisting of robots who could transform into vehicles, animals, and other objects. ... Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ... Ludwig Von Drake is one of Walt Disneys cartoon and comic book characters. ... The first incarnation of the Disney anthology television series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... From left to right, Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, and Fearless Leader. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


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Trivia

  • The 1982 1/2 model Pontiac Trans Am that KITT was based on featured the WS6 performance suspension that included 15 x 7 Turbo Cast-Aluminum wheels and hubcaps.
  • The first piece of background music used in the series that was not specifically created for the series was the Eagles' "Take it Easy", and another Eagles hit, "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", can be heard soon after. This happens in the scene immediately following the scene where KITT reveals that he can talk to Michael, when Michael reveals that he wishes he had some music with him and KITT instinctively asks, "What would you like to hear?"
  • William Daniels, the voice of KITT never appears in the series.
  • William Daniels and David Hasselhoff never met face to face until they met at a Christmas party while filming the first season. All lines for KITT during the production were done by a script person, while William Daniels would read the lines for KITT at a recording studio.
  • KITT is a modified Pontiac Trans Am, originally designed by Michael Scheffe. The convertible and super-pursuit versions of KITT were customized by the legendary George Barris; a photo in the book Knight Rider Legacy shows David Hasselhoff and George Barris on the set of the episode The Nineteenth Hole, suggesting that Barris came aboard the show during late season three.
  • The Trans Am body is designed for speeds up to 300 mph, meaning the airfoils in KITT's super pursuit mode are technically not required under ideal conditions. A Trans Am with a standard body proved this at Bonneville during Speed Week. However, KITT's altered configuration, due to the higher drag surfaces, generates more downforce and consequently higher acceleration and grip. The straight line speed would be higher in the standard, streamlined configuration but grip and handling would be severely deteriorated.
  • Aside from the many Trans-Ams used to perform various stunts, there were at least five KITT cars used for filming, with two more versions added in the fourth season:
    • One was a normal car with the prop KITT dashboard that Michael's character drove. It was also used for most interior shots. It was commonly referred to as the "hero car", or sometimes the "camera car", as it would be the model that was polished up to look good for the cameras.
    • One car was used specifically for interior shots of the FLAG semi-truck. Similar to the "hero" car, it also featured the full dashboard and was highly polished.
    • Another car was made specifically for jumping and sometimes suspended by a crane as it passed through the air. It can be seen in various episodes with a sparse underside, an obviously fake fiberglass body, and thicker tires. According to stunt coordinator Jack Gill, this car weighed only 1500 pounds, and was weighted in the back to create a smoother looking descent.
    • A third car was modified to be driven from the back seat as the stunt driver (Jack Gill) hid behind the driver seat under a tarp. The driver looked through a little window in the headrest. You can usually see the "hidden driver" in most of the scenes where KITT drove himself by noticing the different design and size of the interior seats. A blooper in the very end of the last episode of first season, called "Short Notice", you can clearly see the stunt driver pop his head up and wave to the camera.
    • A fourth car was driven by a stunt driver. It had no custom KITT dash and was equipped with a roll bar. In some scenes with the car, you could see a round steering wheel and dashboard that were straight out of a normal Trans Am. This car was equipped with a nitrous oxide system and was used in scenes whenever KITT "burned rubber" or went "skiing" on two wheels.
    • In the fourth season a "Super Pursuit Mode" KITT was created. Scenes where panels and airvents popped out utilized a static version of the car in which the engine and drivetrain were replaced by hydraulic actuators. A drivable version had the SPM acoutrements permanently welded into place.
    • "The 'C' button" was also introduced in the fourth season, which would turn KITT into a convertible. The drivable car was permanently in the "top down" position. A second version was a working convertible, but had no engine and had to be pulled on a boat trailer.
  • According to Glen A. Larson, in his interview on the Season One DVD, after the show became a big hit, Pontiac dealerships across the country were swamped with calls and visitors looking for the black Trans Am model that had KITT's features. Many people were practically laughed out of the dealership after learning the car really did not exist. Toward the end of the first season, in a formal letter to Universal Studios, General Motors kindly asked them to never refer to KITT as a "Pontiac" or a "Trans Am" ever again. From then on KITT was just called KITT, or referred to as a "black t-top." But, in some episodes in the ending credits still was says "some automobiles furnished by Pontiac Motor Division."
  • KITT's red scanner was a carryover from the "eye" of the robotic Cylons of Glen A. Larson's previous television series, Battlestar Galactica. Contrary to popular belief among fans, the two shows are not set in the same universe. Larson has stated on more than one occasion that he simply reused the scanner effect because he liked it.
  • The opening title narration (used from "Good Day At White Rock", season 1, onwards) was spoken by Richard Basehart (who played Wilton Knight):
Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law."
  • KITT had a California license plate, yellow letters on a dark blue background, that read "KNIGHT." In another tip to the James Bond franchise, KITT was able to rotate his plate in the episode Brother's Keeper reading the very similar "KNI 667." The function was never seen again in the series.
  • In the pilot episode, Michael Knight is given KITT's California registration card, showing a vehicle identification number of B56T149137; an effective date of January 10, 1982; a registration address of 2457 Ybarra Rd., Nores, California 93666; and title fees of USD 175.00.
  • KITT's grille scanner was red, and his "voice modulator" was a simple red square that lit up when he "spoke." In KARR's first appearance, it had a red scanner but a yellow voice modulator with lines increasing by degrees with the voice's decibels. KITT was eventually given a similar voice modulator, but it was still red. When KARR debuted, it had no license plate. But when it returned, its scanner was yellow, and it had a California license plate reading "KARR."
  • David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Catherine Hickland starred in 3 Knight Rider episodes. Ironically, after their divorce, she went on to marry Michael E. Knight, a soap opera star.
  • Glen Larson admits to not spending enough money on season one of Knight Rider. See the Legacy book. Part of the cheesiness of the show people pick on is the constant use of stock footage, and sometimes, miniatures. The season one episode, 'Not a drop to drink' re-used footage from Superman of a dam bursting and the rocks that stop the flow of the water. The producers found that buying the famous footage from Warner Brothers was actually cheaper than trying to recreate the scene themselves.
  • The speech room in the president's mansion in "Knight Flight to Freedom" and the party room in "Voo Doo Knight" were both in the same set.
  • The third generation Trans Am was Larson's initial choice of car. However, in very early pre-production, pilot producer Harker Wade was looking to use a Datsun.
  • The idea of KITT was modeled after HAL 9000 in 2001. However, Larson had used the concept earlier in Battlestar Galactica (C.O.R.A., Episode "The Long Patrol") and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Dr. Theopolous, Twiki). The car was the inspiration of a prominent television executive who saw a similar car in B.J. and the Bear, another Glen Larson production.
  • When Knight Rider aired in syndication, 30-minute versions of the first season and many second season episodes were prepared and was aired by some television stations. These 30-minute versions (22 minutes minus commercials) cut many significant sections of the show out and deleted entire subplots and characters to fit the shows into this vastly shortened time-frame. These heavily cut episodes were, understandably, not popular and did not continue to be aired for long. However, these edited versions also turned up overseas, including the United Kingdom, when ITV ran the butchered versions in the late 1980s, and have turned up on Five, then Channel 5, as recently as 2000.
  • The last, originally aired episode of Knight Rider was "Voo Doo Knight." This episode (which does not feature Bonnie, and is considered by many fans to be one of the show's weakest episodes) was not intended to be the series finale, however. When David Hasselhoff was informed that the show would be canceled at the end of its fourth season, he came up with the idea for the episode "The Scent of Roses", which would serve as the finale. Ultimately, however, NBC wanted "Roses" as a January sweeps episode, and chose to run it at that time. Most fans support Hasselhoff's vision of the end to Knight Rider over the network's vision. However, some fans consider Knight Rider 2000 as a finale to the series, principally because it involved KITT, Michael, and Devon; some other fans, however, choose to ignore it.
  • Devon's last name was originally Shire. The name "Miles" was originally intended to be the name of the surgeon performing the operation on Michael Long's face.
  • In 1997, the Knight Rider theme song was remixed by Tronster. This remix reached 3rd on the overall rankings of the original mp3.com. This remix has been widely circulated around the internet, but incorrectly credited to being made by Paul Oakenfold.
  • In the United Kingdom, a Knight Rider comic strip appeared for several years in the 1980s as part of the children's television magazine and comic Look-In, to tie in with the British run of the series.
  • Also in the UK, when the Thames (London) region began running fellow "super-machine" series Street Hawk, it was trounced in the ratings by hit London-based comedy Only Fools and Horses on BBC1. In response, after a few weeks Thames replaced Street Hawk with ratings-certainty Knight Rider, which put a big dent in Only Fools' ratings as a result.
  • When it began, Knight Rider took several light-hearted digs at the other popular "car show" of the time, The Dukes of Hazzard. An early TV Guide advertisement showed KITT over-taking a car very similar to the General Lee (the Dukes' car), announcing KITT as television's new super-car.
  • ...Furthermore, the first season Knight Rider episode 'Give Me Liberty... Or Give Me Death' features a souped-up orange Dodge Charger (the model used for the General Lee), driven by the moonshine-guzzling "Prince Brothers" (as opposed to the "Duke Boys"). The Charger explodes in the middle of the episode.
  • Contrary to what many viewers may remember, KITT did not Turbo Boost in every episode. Turbo Boosts (or any form of leaping) were not seen in Deadly Maneauvers, Goliath, and Many Happy Returns to name three such examples.
  • According to a recent appearance on MTV Cribs, Joey Fatone owns one of the actual KITT cars used on the series.
  • According to the ninth edition of the pilot script, written by Glen A. Larson, and contributions written by R.A. Cinader, KITT did not have a turbo boost function; instead, the car would become airborne due to a bump in the road, or narrowly avoid oncoming vehicles by swerving away from them. This suggests that the turbo boost function was a concept developed late in the series' incarnation.
  • The pilot for the series was not originally titled "Knight of the Phoenix." As Mr. Larson explains in the "Legacy" book, the syndication department added the title when the pilot was edited into two hour shows. The original opening (seen on the first season DVD) begins with Phyllis Davis's credit (and, omits Richard Anderson's credit.)
  • Both David Hasselhoff and KITT appeared in a two-part episode of Diff'rent Strokes entitled Hooray for Hollywood. However, William Daniels did not participate, and another actor was used for KITT's voice.
  • On the September 14 episode of 'Til Death there was a reference to Knight Rider by actors Brad Garret (Eddie) and Joley Fisher (Joy Stamm) in which Eddie and Joy are arguing over patio furniture and Eddie refusing the offer of daytime sex in which he says "When did the television show Knight Rider get cancelled?" Which would lead Joy to reply "I haven't had it since KITT the talking car?!"
  • The early episode 'Good Day at White Rock', is a play on the classic 1955 movie Bad Day at Black Rock. An early episode of The A-Team, 'Black Day At Bad Rock' is also a similar play on the title. Both episodes also contain notable parallels, with both stories involving a biker gang terrorising a small town.
  • From season 1 DVD producer Glen Larson finally admits that Knight Rider is nothing more than "a bullshit premise."
  • Zeno's paradoxes was a sub-plot during season 1 - episode 09 - Trust Doesn't Rust
  • Just before a commercial break -- which typically came at a dramatic moment -- there would be a brief scene of Michael driving KITT through a dusty desert, accompanied by a brief snip of the main theme. This effect was parodied in an episode of Family Guy, in which Lois is told that she has been fired from her job. She looks up in horror and says, "Fired?! Oh, no!", and then the Knight Rider commercial break clip is shown, after which the show does, indeed, go to commercial. (Note: these clips before the commercials are not present on some later prints of the series.)
  • Originally Don Johnson was up for the role of Michael Knight. Johnson appeared 2 years later on another series Miami Vice.
  • During filming of the third season, Edward Mulhare (Devon) suffered a back complaint, and as a result, many of his scenes were arranged to feature him sitting down, with some of his dialogue and more strenuous scenes given over to Bonnie.
  • Many familiar film sets are used a number of times in the series. A common 'country town' set is used in a number of episodes, and the fourth season episode 'Sky Knight' features the town set used in the Back to the Future trilogy. This is the Universal backlot where many TV shows and films are filmed.
  • The stunt when KITT gets into the FLAG's semi truck was recreated in MythBusters, they tested a moving car can safely transition from a road into a moving big rig via ramp, the car actually used was a 1980s Chevy Camaro.
  • During David Hasselhoff's first audition, he bombed when he entered the room. Asking for a second try, he repeatedly yelled at himself in the mirror, "I am the Knight Rider, I am the Knight Rider!". Upon his second try, he nailed the audition and was hired.

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References in popular culture

  • One episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" has Arnold and his friend on the set of "Knight Rider", where David Hasslehoff finds them hiding behind a car set to explode.
  • Knight Rider was parodied on The Simpsons episode "And Maggie Makes Three". Homer and the family are watching a show called Knight Boat which featured a man named Michael driving a boat with artificial intelligence.
  • Later, in the episode "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", KITT was animated.
  • In the Angel episode, Underneath, while Angel, Spike, and Gunn are on a mission to rescue Lindsey in a special car, Angel grows uncomfortable at the fact that the car is driving itself to Lindsey's location. This prompts Spike to respond, "What, you never heard of Knight Rider? The Knight Industries 2000? K.I.T.T.?" When neither Angel or Gunn respond, Spike shakes his head and says, "Never mind."
  • Knight Rider was parodied in the Futurama episode "The Honking" where his windshield wipers were supposedly used in the creation of Project Satan, the most evil vehicle ever created. When Fry says that "Knight Rider wasn't evil" he is told that "His windshield wipers were. It didn't come up much in the show though."
  • KITT was seen on Chappelle's Show saying, "Puerto Ricans are lazy, Michael."
  • Knight Rider was parodied in an episode of South Park which parodied Family Guy making a parody of Knight Rider where David Hasselhoff jumps on Peter's back to drive him, and Peter's smile becomes KITT's grille scanner.
  • Family Guy also parodied Knight Rider in the episode "Prick Up Your Ears". After Lois is fired from working at James Woods High School, the Knight Rider cut-to-commercial transition is used.
  • The Knight Rider theme music was referenced by System of a Down in their song I-E-A-I-A-I-O
  • The Strong Bad E-mail #87 (Mile)on Homestar Runner has a brief mention of Knight Rider on the TV ("TV Show featuring The Cheat in a Trans Am").
  • While not mentioned by name, KITT is referenced in the 2002 Mark Wills song "19 Somethin'" in the line "It was 1980-something/In the world that I grew up in/Skating rinks and Black Trans-Ams/Big hair and parachute pants."
  • KITT makes a cameo in the 2005 Disney film Herbie: Fully Loaded during the opening credits. As supposedly old newspaper clippings are shown, displaying Herbie's past racing success (all articles were fabricated for the movie), an (edited) photo shows Herbie and KITT "hanging out" together, as a sign of Herbie's once-celebrity status. A VW Beetle, sporting the same strip on its body as Herbie, appears in many scenes of an episode of Knight Rider, titled "Blind spot". You can see it on the road, parked, everywhere. In a scene, KITT is parked just in front of it.
  • The song Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up by Busta Rhymes has an interpolation of the KITT theme.
  • KITT has made a cameo in the movie The Benchwarmers as one of Mel's cars.
  • KITT has appeared in two America's Got Talent episodes. The first was in Michelle L'Amour's act in the semifinals where Michelle, the burlesque dancer, portrayed a mechanic in her act. The second, in the results show in the episode after the above mentioned one, KITT is seen on stage when David Hasselhoff is singing "Jump in my car".
  • Fabolous, a popular rapper who is known to buy expensive cars, made a reference to Knight Rider, rapping "me and my car talk like Michael Knight and KITT"
  • In 2006, KITT appeared in a commercial for AT&T Voice Technology, alongside other famous computers and robots known for their distinctive voices. Among his co-stars are the 1939 World's Fair VODER (VOice recorDER), Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, Rosie the Maid Robot from The Jetsons, and WOPR from War Games. Available on YouTube
  • In the Scrubs episode "My Road to Nowhere", J.D. imagines relaxing in the intelligent campmobile "Jonathan 3000", talking to and interacting with it.
  • In one location of the No One Lives Forever computer game player can find an intelligence item: a personal file on Michael Knight, which describing him as "A young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law". That's obviously an easter egg, because this game is set in the 1960s.
  • A MythBusters episode (aired: 6/6/07, Season 5 Episode 10) featured Knight Rider as Adam and Jamie tried to prove the myth that a car could indeed drive into the back of a trailer truck, which was the signature car stunt of the series
  • In the Japanese anime Magical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, during his journey thorought the Fake Abenobashi/Movie World, Sasshi eventually finds himself in a car-like form of Ms. Aki that has the same dashboard layout as first season KITT (with the solid square flashing LED and big status lights). Sasshi tells the Aki-car "Let's go, KITT!", to which the dash responds "Okay, Michael."
  • The show was spoofed in the December 1988 issue of Mad Magazine (Parents Vs. Kids cover) as the "Knut Rider."
  • David Hasselhoff, voiced by Jim Ward, is often having imaginary conversations with KITT (also voiced by Ward) during the Tinsel Talk segment of the left-leaning sydicated Stephanie Miller Show where Hasselhoff will be discussing his misfortunes with KITT, usually ending up with KITT getting really annoyed and driving off, during these skits the Knight Rider theme song is played in the background with one noted exception when Hasselhoff and KITT do a Duet of Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
  • In the 1998 comedy Half Baked the main characters are shown watching the opening credits of "Knight Rider."
  • On the 2-hour pilot movie "Chariots for Hire" for Glen Larson's detective show "Half Nelson" (March 24, 1985), Rocky Nelson is working for Universal Studios and having been forced to return the Ferrari 308 GTS from "Magnum P.I.", he has the choice of another car. From a long shot of the parking lot and from the middle, he emerges in K.I.T.T. with accompanying theme song. A shot of the dashboard implies he's driving the actual "hero car", which of course did not talk in real life. His air-headed female companion was excited about the car and said, "I wonder if it talks!" Rocky Nelson replied half to himself, "That's all I'd need, two inanimate objects talking."
  • K.I.T.T. crashes through a wall into a hostage-attempted arson plot (featuring Barbara Billingsley as one of the hostages tied to a chair) in the house of a man with an over-active imagination fueled by television fantasy in the episode "Remote Control Man" of NBC's "Amazing Stories". K.I.T.T. does have a speaking part, but it's unclear whether or not it was William Daniels who read the lines.

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Film adaptation

In March 2002, Revolution Studios announced a partnership with Mayhem Pictures to create a film adaptation of the TV series. The film would be re-designed to be similar to Revolution's previous project, XXX. Series creator Glen A. Larson was hired to write the first script draft, with the series' lead actor David Hasselhoff attached to advise the project and also have an onscreen role.[2] In April 2003, Revolution Studios hired screenwriters David Elliott and Paul Lovett to pen the film's script.[3] In April 2004, the premise of the film was described to have Hasselhoff reprise his role as Michael Knight, though he would be an elder statesman that would serve as a mentor to the protagonist like the character Devon Miles mentored Knight in the TV series. The protagonist would be Knight's son, inheriting the family business and driving the vehicle KITT. The series' voice of KITT, William Daniels, was being sought by Hasselhoff to reprise his role. The producers' choice for the role was actor Ben Affleck.[4] Revolution Studios was founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... XXX (also written xXx), pronounced Triple X, is a 2002 action movie starring Vin Diesel. ... Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer with many of his creations becoming cult hits, with some of them remaining in syndication or have been revived. ... David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is an American actor who was best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ... David Elliott (fl. ... KITT on display at Universal Studios. ... For other persons named William Daniels, see William Daniels (disambiguation). ... Benjamin Géza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is an American Golden Globe Award-nominated film actor, director, an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriter. ...


In May 2006, The Weinstein Company acquired film rights to adapt Knight Rider from series creator Larson. He expressed his interest in the film adaptation as a potential franchise property.[5] The following September, Hasselhoff invited actor Orlando Bloom to portray Knight's son in the film adaptation, but Bloom turned down the offer.[6] In April 2007, Hasselhoff said that the film was in development at Miramax, and that he would at least have a cameo in the film.[7] The Weinstein Company is an independent American film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 2005 after the pair left the Disney-owned Miramax Films, which they had co-founded in 1979. ... Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom[1] (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. ... Miramax is a Big Ten film distribution and production company. ...


2008 Telepic/backdoor pilot

On September 26, Variety reported[8] that NBC is readying a two-hour backdoor pilot to air later this season. In the new version, Justin Bruening will star as the estranged son of Michael Knight, Mike Tracer. Deanna Russo will play Tracer's one-time girlfriend and love interest, Sarah Graiman. Bruce Davison will co-star as her father, physicist Charles Graiman. Wayne Kasserman co-stars as Mike's roomate and friend.[9] David Hasselhoff is also being approached to appear as Michael Knight.[10] is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... Justin Bruening, in a still from the opening sequence of All My Children. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Davison as Senator Robert Kelly in X-Men Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ...


Supervising producer Dave Andron ("Raines") is writing the pilot script, Doug Liman and Dave Bartis ("The O.C.", "Heist") to executive produce.[11] Closure is the seventh episode of the American detective series Raines and is the last episode to air in the shows first season. ... Raines is a crime drama television series that premiered on the NBC network in the United States on March 15, 2007, as a mid-season replacement, as well as on CH in Canada and on Network Ten in Australia. ... Doug Liman Doug Liman (born 1965) is an American film director and producer. ... The O.C. was an American teen drama television series that originally aired on FOX in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. ... The O.C. was an American teen drama television series that originally aired on FOX in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. ... Heist was an American television series that premiered March 22, 2006, on NBC, but was almost immediately cancelled due to low ratings [1]. The series was from acclaimed director Doug Liman and revolved around professional thief Mickey O Neil, (Dougray Scott) who created a team of experts to try to...


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See also

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Literature

Nonfiction

  • Joe F. Huth and Richie F. Levine (2002). Knight Rider Legacy: The Unofficial Guide to the Knight Rider Universe. Writers Club Press. ISBN 0-595-23910-2.

Fiction

  • Glen Larson and Roger Hill (1983). Knight Rider. Pinnacle Books. ISBN 0-523-42170-2 (adapted from and expanded upon the feature-length / two-part Pilot episode)
  • Glen Larson and Roger Hill (1984). Knight Rider: Trust Doesn't Rust. Pinnacle Books. ISBN 0-523-42181-8 (adapted from and expanded upon the first season episode of the same name)
  • Glen Larson and Roger Hill (1984). Knight Rider: Hearts of Stone. Pinnacle Books. ISBN 0-523-42182-6 (adapted from and expanded upon the first season episode of the same name)
  • Glen Larson and Roger Hill (1984). Knight Rider: The 24-Carat Assassin. (UK publication only) (adapted from and expanded upon the feature-length / two-part second season episode 'Mouth of the Snake'. Interestingly, the back of the book states that it is adapted from All The Glitters - the working title for the story)
  • Glen Larson and Roger Hill (1984). Knight Rider: Mirror Image. (UK publication only) (adapted from and expanded upon the feature-length / two-part second season episode Goliath. The back of the book states that it is adapted from Goliath and Goliath Returns, but the actual story is only adapted from Goliath. One of the interesting differences is that in the book, Garthe Knight is called Garthe Bishop.)

A series of annuals were published each year in the UK by Grandreams. These books consisted of a mix of text stories and cartoon strips, as well as photos and articles on the shows stars and KITT. There were five annuals produced in total, each reflecting the different season of the show that was airing at the time, with the final two releases covering the final season. (The last annual was printed in a quite small quantity, due to popularity of the show gradually fading, and is considerably rarer as a result). An annual publication, more often called simply an annual, is a book or a magazine, comic book or comic strip published yearly. ...


References

  1. ^ Adalian, Josef. NBC taps Liman for 'Knight Rider'. Retrieved on 2007-09-30.
  2. ^ Michael Fleming. "Revolution revs 'Rider'", Variety, 2002-03-18. Retrieved on 2007-04-14. 
  3. ^ Marc Graser. "Scribes revving up 'Knight Rider' pic", Variety, 2003-04-13. Retrieved on 2007-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Knightmare", Empire, 2004-04-13. Retrieved on 2007-04-14. 
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  • Knight Rider Online
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  • Knight Rider USA - David Hasselhoff's new single "Jump in my car with Kitt along for the ride" © 2006 KnightRiderUSA.com © 2006 SONY BMG Music Entertainment.
  • IMDb Overview
  • Knight Rider at Stage 1
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