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Knight Rider (TV Series 1982–1986)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 13,934 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 26 September 1982 (USA)
  • Runtime: 46 min (90 episodes)
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Knight Rider (TV Series 1982–1986)


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  • IMDb page: Knight Rider (TV Series 1982–1986)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 13,934 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 26 September 1982 (USA)
  • Runtime: 46 min (90 episodes)
  • Filming Location: Burbank, California, USA
  • Director: Marco Brambilla
  • Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Don Peake (72 episodes, 1983-1986)Stu Phillips (12 episodes, 1982-1984)William Broughton (unknown episodes) 
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Artificial Intelligence | Forces Of Evil | Driver Car Relationship | Superhero | Cult TV

Writing Credits By:

  • Glen A. Larson (84 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • Robert Foster (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
  • Janis Hendler (8 episodes, 1983-1984)
  • Rob Gilmer (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
  • Gregory S. Dinallo (6 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • Tom Greene (6 episodes, 1982-1984)
  • Richard C. Okie (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
  • William Schmidt (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
  • Gerald Sanford (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
  • Burton Armus (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
  • Deborah Dean Davis (4 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • David Braff (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
  • E. Nick Alexander (3 episodes, 1986)
  • Steven E. de Souza (2 episodes, 1982)
  • E. Paul Edwards (2 episodes, 1982)
  • John Alan Schwartz (2 episodes, 1982)
  • Jackson Gillis (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
  • Virginia Aldridge (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
  • Stephen Katz (2 episodes, 1983)
  • William Elliott (2 episodes, 1984-1985)

Known Trivia

  • KITT, the Knight Industries Two-Thousand, was a customized 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am. The 1982 model year was the first year of the third-generation (1982-1992) F-bodies (Chevrolet’s Camaro and Pontiac’s Firebird share the same platform), and was a complete redesign of the second-generation (see Smokey and the Bandit (1977) for a 2nd-gen Trans-Am). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Glen A. Larson borrowed the idea of K.I.T.T.’s hood mounted scanner from one of his earlier projects, ‘Battlestar Galactica’. The Cylon Centurions in that series had an almost identical scanner that functioned as eyes, and Larson adapted the idea for K.I.T.T. Also, originally K.I.T.T. had a square red light on the dashboard that lit up as he spoke. His more familiar ‘voice modulator’, with three red lines broken into cells which went up and down as he spoke, was introduced half-way through the first season. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Pontiac, who supplied the Trans Am for the series, found itself swamped with customer requests for black Firebird Trans Ams with T-tops, tan interiors, and red lights on the front bumper, just like the show car. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The “jumping car” was a hollow-fiberglass Trans Am Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The “auto-cruise” car was a right-hand drive car, so that Hasselhoff could get into the car without cutting the scene (only on the last season). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • David Hasselhoff and William Daniels (voice of K.I.T.T.) meet on the Christmas party after six months filming the season. Until that point, Hasselhoff hadn’t seen the face behind the voice of the car. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The “auto-cruise” car was driven by a stunt driver inside the driver seat. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Super-Pursuit Mode was introduced as a means of retaining viewers for a fourth season. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • You never see a long shot of KITT changing into Super Pursuit Mode, since KITT is not moving at all. A shell of KITT’s body was used when filming the transition to Super Pursuit Mode, since large hydraulic rams were needed to articulate the body panels, and there was no room for an engine or running gear in the car. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The narrator of the show’s opening credits was Richard Basehart who played dying benefactor Wilton Knight in the pilot episode, Knight Rider: Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 (1982). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: In many episodes, the cars used in crashes or in scenes where a car is falling in a lake are clearly model-cars "driving" through miniature landscapes.

Plot: A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of an indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar. Full summary »

Story: Michael Long is a crimefighter who is seriously wounded during his work. Nursed back to health by a mysterious benefactor (chairman of the Knight Industries), he regains consciousness a new man with a new face and a new name: Michael Knight. His mysterious benefactor (through the guise of associate Devon Miles) provides Michael with equipment and support so that he can continue his crime fighting work. The most notable piece of equipment supplied, is “KITT”, a high-performance sports car fitted with artificial intelligence. Written byMurray Chapman <>

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Glen A. Larson known as executive producer (84 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • Robert Foster known as executive producer (71 episodes, 1983-1986)
  • Gino Grimaldi known as producer / co-producer / … (70 episodes, 1983-1986)
  • Robert Ewing known as coordinating producer / associate producer (69 episodes, 1983-1986)
  • Tom Greene known as producer / co-producer (57 episodes, 1982-1985)
  • Ronald Martinez known as associate producer (42 episodes, 1984-1986)
  • Bernadette Joyce known as associate producer (39 episodes, 1982-1984)
  • Bruce Golin known as associate producer (36 episodes, 1984-1986)
  • Joel Rogosin known as supervising producer (30 episodes, 1983-1984)
  • Burton Armus known as supervising producer / producer (28 episodes, 1985-1986)
  • Rob Gilmer known as co-producer (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
  • Gregory S. Dinallo known as co-producer (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
  • Bruce Lansbury known as supervising producer (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
  • Gilbert Bettman Jr. known as associate producer (20 episodes, 1982-1983)
  • Steven E. de Souza known as producer (20 episodes, 1982-1983)
  • Gerald Sanford known as producer (17 episodes, 1984-1985)
  • Robert A. Cinader known as co-executive producer (11 episodes, 1982)
  • Hannah Louise Shearer known as producer (11 episodes, 1982)
  • George E. Crosby known as associate producer (6 episodes, 1984)
  • Stephen Downing known as co-producer (3 episodes, 1983)
  • Mark Jones known as co-producer (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
  • James M. Miller known as producer (2 episodes, 1984)

FullCast & Crew:

  • David Hasselhoff known as Michael Knight / known as (84 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • Edward Mulhare known as Devon Miles / known as (84 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • William Daniels known as K.I.T.T. (84 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • Richard Basehart known as Narrator – Opening Titles / known as (83 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • Patricia McPherson known as Bonnie Barstow (62 episodes, 1982-1986)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Allen Payne known as hair stylist (62 episodes, 1983-1986)
  • Elizabeth Rabe known as additional hair stylist (10 episodes, 1984)
  • Jeremy Swan known as makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982-1985)

Art Department:

  • Michael Scheffe known as construction coordinator: K.I.T.T. (85 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • James Passanante known as paint foreman (11 episodes, 1982)
  • Glenn Forbes known as assistant property master (unknown episodes)
  • Ed Keyes known as property master: second unit (unknown episodes)
  • George Tuers known as property master (unknown episodes)




Production Companies:

  • Glen A. Larson Productions
  • Universal TV

Other Companies:

  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Universal Title  titles and opticals


  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1982-1986) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
  • Bravo Television (????) (UK) (TV)
  • CIC Victor Video (198?) (Japan) (VHS)
  • Cool TV (2011) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release)
  • Independent Television (ITV)
  • MCA/Universal Pictures
  • RTL (1985-1986) (West Germany) (TV)
  • Studios USA Television
  • TV Asahi (1984) (Japan) (TV)
  • Televisie Radio Omroep Stichting (TROS) (1984-1987) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2005-) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2003) (Netherlands) (DVD) (season 1)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD) (seasons 3 and 4)
  • Universal Pictures (2005-) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2003) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2005) (USA) (DVD) (season 2)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD) (seasons 3 & 4)
  • Universal Studios Home Video (2004) (USA) (DVD) (season 1)
  • Universal TV
  • V8 (2001-2003) (Netherlands) (TV)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. deaconjguy from Oklahoma
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    A lot of people laugh at David Hasselhoff and write Knight Rider off asa corny piece of 80s television. I still think this is one of thecoolest shows ever, and I freely admit that Knight Rider can be prettyidiotic at the same time. The series was basically a cartoon and thatcan make it hard for some people to revisit when they grow up. I thinkthat Knight Rider is one of the best unintentionally hilarious showsever created. The silly aspects of the series make it just that muchmore entertaining in adult life. Knight Rider is an endearing andnostalgic series that finds a way to entertain you despite howridiculous it can all be. "Michael & KITT", how can you not feel thetug of the old days back in the 80s when you hear that? We all grew upwith this show back in the 1980's as kids, the appeal of a cool lookingblack sports car that could TALK was irresistible back then. Today Iguess we look back at Knight Rider and wonder "wtf". It might make usrecoil, and get pretty damn embarrassed with some of the out therestuff we used to think was so cool.

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

    This series is loaded with all kinds of unintentional hilarity. Some ofmy favorites are when David Hasselhoff's stunt double wears a mustachein a take, or the episode when the stunt double's Michael Knight afrowig accidentally flew off while he was doing one of those patented"Hasselhoff-Fu" roundhouse karate kicks. It seemed like Michael Knightcould take down any bad guy with one well placed karate kick to thehead. Let's all be honest with ourselves, a big reason this show waspopular was because it featured a really cool looking black car withthat cool looking red scanner mounted in the front. Everyone loved thatcar, and there is no doubt that is the reason Knight Rider is a part ofAmerican pop cultural lore. I'm 26 1/2 years old today and I still likethis show because it's my childhood, and because it's from the 80'sthat we all love and grew up in. Things would get so stupid, you oftenwondered if there would be a button on KITT's dashboard that would say"Drive Very Fast" instead of "Super Pursuit Mode". The show didn'tmagically become any more nerdier in the 2000's then it was in the1980s. Even back in the early-mid 80s most people over the age of 15had a tendency to laugh at Knight Rider. It was always cool to childrenthat didn't pick apart the series, but not so to anyone above the 9thgrade. The prime target audience was boys that were roughly 9 years ofage. So if you were already over the age of 13 back in 1982 when KnightRider first aired, then you were likely going to always be too cool fora show like this that leaned on being a live action cartoon. Yes it isamazing that this series lasted on NBC's prime time for 4 years. Butaren't we glad it did?

  2. Quality_Critic from Hollywood, CA
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    In 1982 an unknown actor named David Hasselhoff burst onto the scene ina weekly Friday night series aired on NBC. Hasselhoff played MichaelKnight on a brand new 80s vehicle oriented TV show (that frequentlytargeted boys) called Knight Rider to rival The Dukes of Hazzard onCBS.

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

    Despite some negative and absurdly over the top reviews here, KnightRider remains one of the most fondly remembered action adventure TVshows of the 1980s. Knight Rider was not an L.A. Law or St. Elsewheretype drama, nor was it Harlan Ellison level science fiction, and itnever tried to be. Knight Rider had some camp, but campy doesn’t mean adog meat series. Every single one of those action/adventure shows fromthe 80s like A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Blue Thunder, Airwolf, Hunterand MacGyver had plenty of instances of overt stupidity. They ALL hadtheir "what the hell was that about?" moments. Every one of those 80sshows. So why is Knight Rider singled out and getting ridiculouslypicked on like this?

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

    My Rating:


  3. Ty Benson from Scottsdale, AR
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    The basic premise of Knight Rider has already been covered herenumerous times, so I’m not going to delve into that. Everyone knowsthat Knight Rider is about an ex-cop with a new identity, working for aprivate foundation that provides him with an indestructible super car.But if you read some of the reviews here, you might think that KnightRider is the worst TV show that was ever made. Knight Rider could getcorny at times but it was nowhere near as terrible as some people sayit is. There’s nothing at all wrong with a show being campy.

    Knight Rider wasn’t "all about a cool car" either. If that was truethen why didn’t the two attempts to revive the show in the 90s work?Knight Rider 2000 in the early 90s and Team Knight Rider in the late90s both failed to recapture the 80s glory of the original. Team KnightRider even had 5 talking super vehicles. That proves that there wassomething to David Hasselhoff (Michael Knight), William Daniels (voiceof KITT) and Edward Mulhare (Devon). They had a special chemistry thatmade the series work. David Hasselhoff for all his William Shatneroveracting antics, made the show work too. Another man might have triedto play the material seriously, but the Hoff knew better. Knight Riderwasn’t a show that was trying to change the world, it was merely a onehour action/adventure block of entertainment. The people slammingKnight Rider were probably too old to appreciate the show as childrenin the 80s, or they are too young to have been around in the 80s. I beta lot of these mean spirited comments are from some dopey Generation Ykids born in 1989 or something like that. I think the shows successspeaks for itself.

  4. baconbit from Binghamton
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

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

    The show was fine. Seriously, if you are watching the show expectingShakespeare, then the mistake is YOURS not the shows.

  5. ( from Auckland, New Zealand
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    I was a kid when Knight Rider was in its prime time and yes I watch itnomatter what. Currently have the reruns of Knight Rider on and I mustsaythere are somethings that bug me. Like every kid in the 80s I lovedK.I.T.T. Now for all you people that say David Hasselhoff can’t act come on, o.khe’snot the best actor in the world but he wasn’t that bad, I think he wasgreatfor the role, but the things that bug me were like how everytime Michaelsaysomething like "K.I.T.T get Devon on the line for me" and Michael wouldgoand press 20 other buttons and the reuse of footage. I must admintDavidHasselhoff was good looking at the time, just about in every episodeMichaelwould do his good dee and get the girl at the end, well they did drop tohisfeet, just about all apart from Bonnie, thats the only time we seeMichaeltry so hard and get turn down, but you can see they are more then justfriends. Michael and Devon I can say are bit like Maxwell Smart and theChief off Get Smart but the only thing was Michael was a lot smarter butitstill irritated Devon like Max did the Chief. Some episodes did a get abitboring and could have been better, but over all Knight Rider is still agoodTV series.

  6. Joseph Legg from Fort Walton Beach, Florida
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    Oh man when I was a little kid I used to watch this show religiously. Iloved this show and when the reruns are on T.V. I watch them too. I usedtowatch them on U.S.A. when I was in High school and loved the episodesagain.It reminded me when I was a little kid. K.I.T.T. inspired my lovePontiaccars and one day I will own a 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am with T-tops. If youhave never seen this show and happen upon it one day I recommed watchingit,this is a classic like the A-team.

  7. linkin_park_pod from Ohio
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    I just saw what another guy had written about this series and I must say he is so far wrong on this subject and is probably not even from the era of the Knight Rider, A-Team, Airwolf, Magnum PI, Simon and Simon, MacGyver, and Harcastle and McCormick. All of the shows listed above are some of the best shows ever in the history of TV and how anyone has the audacity to sit here and type in a bunch of drivvle and say that Knight Rider had bad actors, bad stunts, and bad filming shows to me they know nothing about the show. The only problem Knight Rider had was, it was way ahead of its time. Knight Rider was a lot like KITT it was the show of the future. Now I will go on and defend Kinght Rider like any true fan would. David Hasselhoff may not have been one of the best actors, but none-the-less he is a fairly decent actor. In turn, the KITT car was a real Pontiac and at times it was a dumb car, most people know this stuff, however this is a TV show not real life, so if it may have seemed fake in manner, then maybe you should sell your TV and sit in your house like a bored bump on a log. My rating for Knight Rider is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

  8. hubbaork from United States
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    I was 3 years old when Knight Rider was released in 1982, I remembervaguely seeing some of the episodes when they were new. I find itpuzzling that people will "nit-pic" a TV show that lasted a decent 4years on the air, yes maybe corny to todays standards, but the show washarmless entertainment. Unlike TV programming today, at least it hadit’s own originality. Kids could watch it without a lot of heavyviolence or nudity, (which was like none in Knight Rider. to name onlya few.) on the contrary, it was very much sci-fi, as well as drama, andaction. Bottom line, it’s a TV show, get real folks, does anyone haveimagination anymore?

  9. billys from Columbus, OH
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    Knight Rider was one of the staples of my TV diet as a preteen back inthe wonderful (?) ’80s. The main attraction to this young car fanaticwas that…CAR. I swear, back then, that jet black Trans Am wasawe-inspiring. It wasn’t an ’80s car in the sense that we know now, butan *’80s car*…new, ultra-high-tech, computerized! All those flashingbuttons and lights and monitors were, like, so sophisticated. It evenhad a steering wheel that was a cross between an airplane’s and adragster’s. Never mind that this Knight Industries 2000 talked with avoice like a somewhat more streetwise version of HAL 9000. Wow!

    It still has an air of futurism in my memories–it seems like it shouldstill seem fresh now in the year 2004–but then of course I haven’tseen it since its original run ended. Maybe better that I shouldn’t, orrisk ruining my memories.

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

    Knight Rider’s creeped me out for some reason…the one non-KITT imageI remember over any other from this show, for some reason, is a largestack of fuel drums set ablaze by bad guys in a factory or airplanehangar, and a long, long scene of these drums exploding and shootinginto the air like rockets, accompanied by a repetitive stock explosionsound effect right into the commercial break. I dunno, I still get thewillies thinking about that one. Then again, there’s that Lear Jetgetting blown up in the opening credits…that one WAS kinda cool.

    Very strange what twenty years can do to one’s memories of ashow…some things are cystal clear, others (like the stories) I’m notsure I ever really paid attention to. Such is TV. KR was one of myfaves once upon a time.

  10. Manth_Sigdaw from Washington D.C.
    13 Dec 2013, 7:48 pm

    Like a lot of you here, I grew up in the 1980’s (born in 1978) and Ihave been catching the reruns of Knight Rider on the Sci-Fi channel.I’m also pretty shocked at how goofy the show is compared to how Iremembered it as a kid. Not much in this series makes sense, and hardlyany of the story lines will captivate you. I can barely sit through anepisode and it’s only loyalty to my childhood that even has me watchingthe show in reruns. One thing that bothers me is that opening creditintro sequence. It’s very MISLEADING to the tone and content of theseries. The opening credits with KITT racing across a purple tinteddesert is VERY COOL, and it implies a dark and menacing series thatexists in a sinister hi-tech world. The universe of Michael Knight, "aman that does not exist" seems to be like that of Tim Burton’s Batmanor the recently released Daredevil, where anything can lunge out at youfrom dark and shadowy corners. But when you watch an episode of KnightRider, you realize that it’s NOTHING like the opening credits. Not evenclose. The show is more like an episode of Superfriends or Gilligan’sIsland. You might as well have the Skipper be the one driving KITT andcalling him his "little buddy". The show fails to deliver on the evilworld that is promised in the opening credits, and that is somethingthat has always annoyed the hell out of me about Knight Rider.

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