Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible car.Self-made billionaire Wilton Knight rescues police Detective Lieutenant Michael Arthur Long after a near fatal shot to the face, giving him a new identity (via plastic surgery) and a new name: Michael Knight.
K.I.T.T. is supposed to have an air-plane style steering wheel. However, in many episodes, the top portion of the stunt-car’s normal, round steering wheel is visible through car’s windows.
Michael Knight / … (85 episodes, 1982-1986)
Devon Miles / … (85 episodes, 1982-1986)
Narrator – Opening Titles / … (84 episodes, 1982-1986)
Bonnie Barstow (62 episodes, 1982-1986)
April Curtis (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
First episode date: 26 September 1982
Theme song: Knight Rider Theme Song
Spin-offs: Knight Rider, Code of Vengeance
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 is a heavily modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with numerous features including an extremely durable shell and frame, controlled by a computer with artificial intelligence. Michael and KITT are brought in during situations where ‘direct action might provide the only feasible solution’.
William Daniels is the voice of KITT, the autonomous, artificially intelligent car, with whom Michael Knight is partnered. Daniels, who simultaneously starred on St. Elsewhere, requested to not be credited for his role as KITT’s voice.
As with many popular series of the era (including The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team etc.), 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 customized 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.
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
[closing narration – early episodes]
Narrator: Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world… of the Knight Rider.
In Knight Rider: Knight of the Phoenix: Part 2 (1982), while K.I.T.T is driving back from the Sheriff’s station, the driver is seen hidden in the driver’s seat. Before Michael gets into the car, the driver’s arm is visible, cleverly hidden with the upholstery
Michael Knight: I need ya buddy!
KITT: Right away Michael.