Knight Rider (1982–1986)
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Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 

A detective, believed to have been killed, is given a new face and identity and is armed with an artificially intelligent super car.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya Walker
Pamela Susan Shoop ...
Lance LeGault ...
Vernon Gray
Noel Conlon ...
William Benjamin
Fred Wilson
Ed Gilbert ...
Charles Acton (as Edmund Gilbert)
Bar Manager


When a young detective is ambushed in a failed police stake out, he is believed to have been killed. In reality, he revives and learns that his face has been altered and his identity has been changed to Micheal Knight. The person responsible for this is Wilton Knight, a dying billionare who, convinced that one man can make a difference, has selected Micheal for the role as a crime-fighter. Now armed with a advanced car called KITT which has the equivalent armor of a battle tank, capable of speeds over 300 MPH and contains an artificial intelligence computer personality as an aide, Micheal agrees to perform his assigned role. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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A young man set on revenge. His partner... an indestructible car.


Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

26 September 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Pilot Episode begins with actor Larry Anderson playing Michael Long. After realizing that an opening scene (the casino act) was required to make sense of the plot additional scenes were abruptly written. Larry was called late in the afternoon to an audition, got the call that evening, and was on set the next day. Hasselhoff later dubbed over the lines, noticeable by the scene in the car with Tanya that his mouth and sound do not seem to match exactly. In the scene on the side of the road, Hasselhoff takes over for Larry but his face is hidden in darkness throughout the scene. Larry was not credited on the show. (adapted from "Don't Hassel the Hoff: the Autobiography" by David Hasselhoff and David Thompson; pg 64) See more »


When the thieves steal KITT as he is telling them he will show them what HE can do the 'Knight two thousand' has vanished from the steering wheel. See more »


Tanya Walker: [after watching K.I.T.T destroy the conspirator's aircraft] I'll get you a way out of here that nothing can stop!
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Edited into Knight Rider: A Nice, Indecent Little Town (1983) See more »


Take It Easy
Written by Glenn Frey (uncredited) and Jackson Browne (uncredited)
Performed by Eagles (uncredited)
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Knight Rider forever.
15 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

KNIGHT RIDER is one of the best TV series ever made. Beginning with an action-packed and thrilling pliot episode, we were taken for an unforgettable ride with David Hasslehoff's Michael Knight and his supercar, KITT (voiced unforgettably by William Daniels). Today, the show isn't as popular as once was but still many faithful fans who love it to bits. I'm one of them. Knight Rider is forever.

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