This is my favourite show of all time. I know it sounds very geeky to say this now considering the time that has gone by and it has dated a little ie the hairstyles, clothes and general style but the show had a certain camp charm that ALL shows today lack. Shows these days are way too serious and don't take the risk of jus having fun with itself. This is what drove Hasselhoff to stardom and he's been thankful to this show even to this day. William Daniels was great as KITT, the character oozed charm and personality. The villains were typical fare for the 80's, most were camp with the exception of the fourth season where the show went a bit too serious with a darker tone.
It had everything, fast cars, hot women, camp action, a lot of fun...what more could you want from a tv show?
The show has, rightfully, a well deserved cult following today.
Knight Rider is a classic American TV show. It was broadcast on the NBC network & ran from September 1982, to August 1986.
David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight (originally Michael Long). An ex police officer injured in the line of duty. After reconstructive facial surgery he is officialy proclaimed as deceased. He is given a new identity & recruited by the Knight Foundation to drive KITT (standing for Knight Industries Two Thousand). A Black Pontiac Trans-Am which is sentient, able to talk & equiped with artificial intelligence. Michael & KITT travel the country fighting crime of many different varieties & forms. All the time proving that one man can make a difference.
The show has spawned to movies based on the original format. It has also prompted a spin off TV series called Team Kight Rider.
More recently a modern day sequel had a pilot film made. This has since become a TV series of the same name. David Hasselhoff even made a brief appearance in his original role.
The show is an action show with dramatic elements. The episodes tell individual stories & don't have a continuing story arc, so they are easily wathced alone. Michael is likeable & his relationship with KITT is entertaining, amusing & caring. KITT's character is very good. Intelligent in many ways but also completely unaware of many emotional aspects of being alive. You don't question for one moment that this is not the personality of a car.
I really enjoy the show & would recommend it to people. The plots can be formulaic they they always have a good story & are told well. The special effects aren't bad & the show doesn't look that dated (with the exception of the clothing & the picture quality). To this day, well worth a watch
Creators: Glen A. Larson.
Producers: Glen A. Larson, Robert Ewing and Robert Foster.
Writers: (Various, including) Glen A. Larson, Robert Foster, Gerald Sanford and Peter Allan Fields.
Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Patricia McPherson, Rebecca Holden, Peter Parros and the voice of William Daniels as KITT.
Released in September 1982 and running until August 1986, making 90 forty five minute episodes into 4 series
** THE SHOW **
Michael Long, (played by David Hasselhoff) is a detective working on a case when he is injured in the line of duty... so with a new identity, together with a new face, he becomes Michael Knight, now working for Knight foundation, owned by multi millionaire Wilton Knight, as a minder/driver under the guidance of Devon Miles, (played by Edward Mulhare) and chief mechanic Doctor Bonnie Barstow, (played by Patricia McPherson, (Rebecca Holden as April Curtis as in the 2nd series)... only the car he drives is not like any other car, it is KITT 2000, a prototype vehicle which is controlled by a computer, giving it a sort of mind of it's own, (voiced by William Daniels) ... and sometimes a rather annoying personality, but with some rather interesting and unusual abilities and some very fascinating hardware underneath the bodywork.
Each episode sees Michael and KITT coming up against many difficult scenarios, from murderous psychopaths to terrorists hell bent on destroying the world... (and even an angry ex girlfriend of Michael Longs..??), with each episode being as action packed as the last, bringing much entertainment for all, albeit a little tacky at times.
However, the stunts and special effects aren't the best, with some rather silly looking crashes, even dafter jumps and bumps, but as it is really for the younger generation of the eighties then it can't be too gory...
As for the car, KITT 2000, well, what a remarkable car with it artificial intelligence and all it's gadgets and gizmo's, having an 'electronic' answer to everything, being able to drive itself without crashing. The computer inside having the capability to do almost anything from checking the past of anyone it wants to mapping out the quickest route to the nearest supermarket... I was always expecting it to knock up a flat pack wardrobe from Ikea...but it never did...But what a pompous sounding voice it has, talk about annoying, if it was a Sat-Nav it would have been bouncing along the tarmac on the M6 before finishing its first sentence.
But remarkably, in one episode KITT turns out not to be that unique when an identical vehicle called KARR is seen, but this one has a more sinister side.
At the time of first airing it was one of them cars that everybody wanted... a jet black Trans Am Pontiac but without the red flashing light on the front grill, or the flame thrower in the rear... (not that these were optional extras...although some people did manage to glue some red lights on the front of their Skodas)... It was either the black look with the red lights or the black look with the red stripe down the side ( akin to the A Team van)... you could always tell who watched what in the eighties, you just had to look at the paint work on their vehicles.
* IN CONCLUSION
Another great show from the 1980's imaginative era of hopeful future gizmos and gadgets...
It is mild violence, although, unlike the A team saga, people do get killed in this...
Hasselhoff plays his part as the hero quite well in this, although his fight scenes do require a lot more practice to make them at least half realistic... but the real hero in this, and I think you'll agree, is the black super car itself... good old KITT with the annoying ingratiating voice and ability to do what is asked of it, including leaping over walls and rivers... so unbelievably silly it is simply brilliant entertainment.
If you do want to get a copy of this show then you can get it from amazon for less than £60.00, which for 26 DVDs containing all 90 episodes is not bad value at all
* Extra information
Series one - 22 episodes 1982/83
Series two - 24 episodes 1983/84
Series three - 22 episodes 1984/85
Series four - 22 episodes 1985/86
As there are 90 episodes I feel it would just be padding to write them into this review so I will simply place this link for you to follow if you're interested, check out all the episodes here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083437/episodes
And with some spin offs...
Knight rider 2000... 1991
Knight rider 2010... 1994
Knight rider (the movie) 2008
Knight Rider was an American TV action adventure series that ran from 1982 to 1986. It featured Michael Knight as a modern day 'knight', righting wrongs and targeting criminals who acted as if they were above the law.
The plot seemed quite simple: ex-law enforcement officer Michael Long suffers a near death experience after a bust goes wrong. He is recruited by FLAG (Foundation for Law and Government) by Devon Miles and is given facial reconstruction. He then is equipped with KITT, a highly sophisticated car, high tech in every fashion, and fitted with personality too! Renamed Michael Knight, he proceeds to accept missions from FLAG regarding criminals and fighting crime, which he must do discreetly due to his reinvented identity.
Knight Rider was one of my favourite shows as a child. I watched reruns as I was too young first time round to watch it, and I used to crave a KITT car. My brother had it as a present one year and I was insanely jealous. I loved the way that Michael would drive KITT up the ramp into the back of a moving lorry on a freeway somewhere each time there was a new mission, and of course each time, Michael would set off into action, complete with Jackson 5 haircut and tight jeans, with the sleek KITT often saving the day. Oh to have a car with a helpful brain of its own!
David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, and did so very well. It is here he made his name before doing Baywatch a few years after Knight Rider finished. He does the role very role, and many a boy would have had him as a role model whilst growing up. The show is highly entertaining with a good soundtrack. Well worth getting hold of the DVDs if you can, or watching the reruns when they are on. There have been a few spin off attempts, none particularly successful, but at some point this year, a film is scheduled of Knight Rider, and hopefully this will provide fans with some kind of Knight Rider reminiscence.
In conclusion, a great show, and, although repetitive in places, was at the top of its genre of TV action series.
The man who was filmed drunkenly eating food off his kitchen floor not only got to do the cross chest tow on Pamela Anderson is Baywatch he also got to drive around in a cool talking car. David Hasselhoff was the human star of Knight Rider playing the have a go hero Michael Knight however the true star, and the more animated actor was his talking car KITT a high tech vehicle with a mind of its own thanks to its onboard computers.
This was one of those glossy American programmes that were made in the eighties such as the A-Team in which the heroes managed to thwart the bad guys without causing them too much harm despite lots of bullets flying around.
Personally I was never really into this show but my older brother certainly was and not only did he have a poster of Kitt and the Hof, (much to his current shame) but also a model of the car as well.
Anyway the actual show was slightly corny and Hasselhoff was very wooden as a performer and it was pretty harmless Saturday night TV.
Last night I watched the first ever episode of Knight Rider. I'd not seen the series for many years despite having watched it every week when it was first shown. However I've got quite into the habit of late of watching cheesy 1980s American adventure shows as they are becoming more and more available on DVD. My girlfriend previously watched all the episodes when they were shown on satellite and recommended it to me as good 'brain-in-neutral' kind of TV so I thought I'd give it a go.
The DVD box set of season 1 is put together quite strangely. There are eight discs, but the first episode doesn't actually appear on disc 1, instead it's found on disc 7. Then as an 'extra' on disc 8 is Knight Rider 2000 which was a 'reunion movie' made a number of years after the final season of the original show. Quite why the DVD producers didn't decide to wait and add this as an extra on the final season DVD release I don't know, but it's good to have it.
Also included are all of the other episodes of Season 1, although I haven't yet watched them - only the very first episode, entitled 'Knight Of The Phoenix'. I may update this review at a later date when I've watched more.
So what are my thoughts on the first episode? Well first off it's of a good length - it's a feature-length pilot and so has enough time to develop the story. Strangely David Hasselhoff doesn't actually appear in the episode as Michael Knight until 15 minutes into the story. This is because Michael's real name is Michael Long and he was a police officer who was shot point blank to the head in the line of duty. However it seems that he had a plate in his head which deflected the bullet out through his face and meant that he lived through the experience. However he needed plastic surgery, hence the change of actor.
Michael is then recruited by Wilson Knight (who soon passes away) and Devon Miles to work for their company, the Knight Foundation, as a lone crusader fighting injustice, with the help of an upgraded Trans-Am, which is a car with a brain, called KITT (short for Knight Industries Two Thousand). The car was of course always the thrill of the show and I, like every young lad, always wanted to own one myself. The problem is that even thought it is 20 years later, I still want one!
Well, the storyline and the acting were cheesy as anything, which is to be expected of a Glen A Larson show from this period - he also created Battlestar Galactica and the Gil Gerard version of Buck Rogers. But it was fun, and my girlfriend was right - fun in a 'brain-in-neutral' kind of way. Think too hard about it and you'll pick it to pieces, but it was worth an hour and a half of my evening, and if you like this sort of thing, would be worth the same of yours.
This programme has to be one of the best programmes of this type and I think it always will be, I mean there’s Airwolf, where its a guy and his helicopter, but that’s just not the same! This car (kitt) was every person who watched the show ideal car! It could talk, was intelligent and even had a cool red light thing on the front! The show first started from a trailer where a man called Michael Long becomes Michael Knight and the start of the thing with him and kitt begins.
My all time favourite program was Knightrider with (David Hasselhoff) one of the all time famous stars around who also stars in Bay Watch. Who does not remember this program, I even remember the first episode where Michael Long turns into Michael Knight. The first show was shown late night after the news at 10 and my mum let me stay up to watch this program. The whole interest in the series was the car K.I.T.T (Knight Industry Two Thousand). KITT was my all time dream of car that would be able to delivery all the power of computing into one car. He was able to leap over cars from a touch of a button and to smashing through brick wall without a even a scrap on the paintwork. KITT was also able to communicate with on-line viewing to head office to the people who actually own him (Foundation for Law And Government F.L.A.G.). At the flagship of the head Quarters of Foundation for Law And Government there was a man who ran the entire mission with Michael Knight a man called Devon Miles. Devon was Michael contact from the department and would keep in touch throughout his mission to see his progress. Devon also kept in touch with the entire business tycoon to get the job and find out research on certain individual. Time to time KITT need to be kept maintain and also given upgrades to his abilities. This could not be done by returning to base all the time so that’s why there was a truck, which was kited to full to repair KITT at anytime during his mission. The only person that repaired KITT was a lady called Bonnie who travel in the truck often and during the series was replace by April. These two where the only one that were allowed to work on KITT. There were few episodes that I really liked one was where K.I.T.T. Vs K.A.R.R. Now K.A.R.R stand for (Knight Automated Roving Robot) and was the prototype for KITT. The main difference between the car was that one did not care about human life and the other d
id. They did make two episodes of this confrontation and both of them were really cool. The other episode that I’d like was where they had to rebuild kit because he was total destroyed and Devon had a copy of him walking around and they suspected him to be a traitor. There was a guy called RC who was a street guy called the avenger and would help people out. So he hook up with bonnie to get a team together to repair KITT. But this time they made KITT to have a super pursuit mode that allows KITT to run 40 percent faster in a chase. Also they had a button to make KITT into a convertable car. There was a movie made which had Devon and Michael reunion but was a sad story as Devon miles was killed and Michael avenged his death. There are rumours that they’re going to be a new series of Knightrider so watch this space for an update. There are currently rerun on Bravo so if your missing it go and watch it.
Why on earth did it stop being made. Shows like Knight Rider in the 80s arnt made any more. Nor if similar shows were made could the old classics be beaten like Airwolf, and the A-team which I also intend to write about. Im a great fan of David Hasslehoffs work. Whether it be a fast car driver, life guard or guest star in Perry Mason which I recently saw. Knight rider contains all the ingrediants required for a show that can be enjoyed by a range of ages from young children to, well I guess all ages. KITT was an amazing piece of technology, and maybe one day, more of that type of car will be seen in the future. The show allowed people to experience the amazing stunts that we all wish we could do with our own cars. Travel at speeds of 200 mph, drive on 2 wheels, be indestructable and best of all, jump over nething. I particularly liked the episodes when KITT had the experience of meeting his twin, KARR. They were rivals and competed for their individual existence. They were very entertaining just like many of the other 80s shows. All in all a great show which lead us to see Mitch Buchannon as an L.A. county lifeguard, a show with fast boats and best of all, Yasmin Bleeth.
Knight Rider has to be one of the best television series of the 80’s, as a kid I would never miss a episode and was always totally glued to the television. This is definitely a classic which I still enjoy watching today. If your not familiar with this program it is based on a black car called K.I.T.T (Knight Industries Two Thousand) who has been built with state of the art technology. It’s owner is Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and in each episode they always find a situation that needs there help. The whole series started with the pilot which is more of a film than an episode, which starts with Michael Long as a Police officer who gets shot, fortunately a millionaire on deaths bed saves him, with his facial featured changed due to the shooting he assumed the identity of Michael Knight, and soon finds that there has been drastic modifications to his car which now talks to him as well as many other things. The most memorable part of Knight Rider has to be it’s music, especially the end with the car in slow mo travelling towards the camera, also the beginning with the speech of ‘one man can make a difference’. Even though the technology of the car doesn’t look that good or as state of the art against todays technology this is still a brilliant series to watch.
'Michael Knight - a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world of the Knight Rider' Back in the 80's that was enough to get kids and adults everywhere running to their seats to join in the action and humour of one of the best action TV series around. Rightly so, the series was a big success, both here and in the States. It was always a great mix of humour, action and detective story that really put it above anything else around at the time. We start the DVD right at the beginning, with the Pilot episode. Michael Long starts out life as a lowly cop, gunned down and left for dead, only to be recovered by a dying millionaire and given a new name; Michael Knight. He is matched with a special car, named KITT (knight industries two thousand) which is capable of independant thought and also has a sense of humour! David Hasselhoff shot to fame in his role as Michael Knight, and it's easy to see why. The episodes here give a good indication of the style and content of the programme, although only the first has the real explosive action found in later episodes. There was always a sense of camaraderie between Michael and Kitt that other double acts never had and Kitt could always upstage his driver at any opportunity. They say that blokes think more of their cars than women, but in this case it's true. It's just a pity that they're not doing these episodes in order, it would be nice to build up a collection and get a feel for the series as it was originally shown. Instead the makers have tried to go for a broad appeal, mixing different style episodes together to give the viewer a taste of what the programme was like. The transfer quality isn't bad for an old TV programme, but don't expect anything great from the sound quality, it's only stereo. There are no extras to speak of either, but for the price, three episodes of the greatest car and man team ever made is fantastic. Before
long everyone will be adding those flashing lights and talking to their cars again, you'll see!
I have so many fond memories of driving that black car around. You know the one I’m talking about – KITT. That wasn’t just a stupid name you know, it stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. Yes I know that the TV series was made in the 80’s but everything else was so lame we had to make something sound cool. I wasn’t always Michael Knight, I only became him after a rather unfortunate incident. Anyway, my job became crime-fighter in a car but hey, it was a talking car and I bet yours doesn’t have the incredible ‘Turbo Boost’ (TM). I had fun though and together with KITT we had many years of fun and adventure. I always got the girl and my curly hair always looked great even after a big fight scene. Thankfully the series is over and re-runs are only found on satellite channels like bravo and of course channel 5. KITT is now used as a Taxi in Los Angeles and I’m now an international superstar. Good for me.
Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a cruel world. A world of criminals who operate above the law..... Aaaah Knight Rider, another eighties classic. How I loved this programme and imagine my delight when channel five bought the rights and started to replay it. As a child I remember wishing I had a car like KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), although I am gald to say that I never wished for a mullett like David Hasselhoff!! Knight Rider was one of my favourites along with The A-Team and all those other cheesey American eighties shows. I loved the film they made that explained how everything started. Michael was a dedicated cop who was too close to the bad guys for comfort so they shot him and left him for dead. A rich guy who was into fighting crime and stuff saved him. Even though he had been shot in the face, a metal plate he had got in his head during the war stopped him from being killed. They nursed him back to health and gave him a new face and identity. (I personally would have been slightly peeved at being made to look like David Hasslehoff!!). Anyway they built all this amazing stuff for him to fight cxrime with and avenge the death of his partner who was killed by the evil crime lords. The old guy dies but his butler lives on to help Michael. Each episode involved Michael meeting up with some beautiful woman who it just so happened was in trouble with some evil guys, the rest of the episode would be spent with Michael falling for the girl and fighting the baddies. Meanwhile KITT made sarcastic comments and got Michael out of trouble. It ended with him driving off into the distance with the theme music playing and an American voice says something like MICHAEL KNIGHT, A SHADOWY FLIGHT INTO A DANGEROUS WORLD, THE WORLD OF THE KNIGHT RIDER!, DEDELEDE DEDEDE DEDELEDE
Ahh, yet more memories... I'm on something of a nostalgia trip at the moment, having just reviewed Airwolf and The A-Team. In fact, I'm thinking about visiting my mate who has cable and demanding he finds a channel showing repeats. Then getting drunk and teary-eyed. Anyway, Knight Rider. This was probably my least favourite of the above triumvirate of 80s American action shows. The storylines were never really at all convincing and on occasions, were quite ludicrous. Like the one about a farmer who needed Kit's engine to stay in business, or something. The star of the show was definitely KITT, the "intelligent" car that everybody found slightly amusing, but didn't know why. The voice they used for him was so camp, it became funny in itself. As Michael (a dead cop brought back to life, to work with KITT helping random people) and KITT drove around the country, the stories got weaker and weaker until eventually the show was consigned to the hell of Knight Rider 2000. Yes, it was as bad as the name suggests. Each episode would feature each of the following elements at some point: a swarthy immigrant walloping KITT's indestructible chassis with a pipe; KITT driving on two wheels; KITT driving himself while Michael climbs out of the window; KITT pulling up alongside some women in bikinis, and the women in bikinis nodding in awe; a sequence of poor continuity in which Michael would change his outfit twice during the course of a conversation with KITT; Michael being thrown into jail by crooked cops; Michael saying into his watch radio "KITT, I need you, buddy.". Each episode would also allow KITT to have the final word. Inevitably it would end with a sequence featuring the principle cast inside the big lorry base thing, Michael propped on KITT's bonnet, and some sort of an exchange along the following lines: DEVON: All's well that ends well, Michael. MICHAEL: Yeah, but I won't be eating sushi fo
r a while! Isn't that right, old buddy? KITT: Don't ask me, Michael – I'm gay. (Everybody laughs. Cut to end credits.) Which was pretty much how it all went. Not a bad show, and good for a laugh on the odd repeat, but not as great as the memories suggest.
Come on now. David Hasselhoff is so lame in this, (as he is in everything – only in third rock from the sun did he really seem to take the mick out of himself), just the perfect vehicle (pun sort of intended) for his massive ego. Kit was the real star, the car we all wanted. I loved the series in the early 80s when I was young, but it is more of a comedy than a drama watching the repeats now. I’m sure all the technical stuff and special effects were very impressive 15, 20 years ago, but the only value it has now is nostalgia and it will certainly make you laugh out loud!