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:
Noel Conlon ...
William Benjamin
Fred Wilson
Ed Gilbert ...
Charles Acton (as Edmund Gilbert)
Lonnie (as Shawn Southwick)
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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Did You Know?


Lance LeGault and Charles Napier both appeared on The A-Team (1983); LeGault starred as Colonel Roderick Decker, and Napier replaced him for one episode as Colonel Briggs. 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 »


Michael Knight: Why do I get the feeling this isn't gonna be the last time I run into trouble in this town?
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Carolina In My Mind
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It's still nice
1 November 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I catch it everyday at 5 PM on the SciFi Channel. I remember watching Knight Rider as a kid and just hypnotized by it's "coolness". I look at it now and I still get hypnotized. Sure, some situations are a little excessive in terms of "reality" but we got a talking car that drives itself. I love the whole "talking car" bit, it's awesome. I wonder to myself if they remade it to a more modern beat, would it work? I mean, imagine the KITT system in something like a Rousch Stage 3 Mustang or maybe an import like a Nissan Skyline. It'd be great. David Hasselhoff is unfortunately irreplaceable but if I had to choose everybody over again, Michael and RC could be Bill Belamy and Peter Facinelli off of Fastlane from FOX networks. Tiffany could play Bonnie's character. Devon could be Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield off of "The Nanny"). Yeah, yeah, I bet everyone is going "Ha,ha,ha, not those people, in the same room". Ah well, I tried. That's why I'm not a director or producer, just a writer. Two episodes that stuck out to me is where Michael goes in as a lead singer for a band that had it's original leader killed, he sings, it's just funny. I mean, he did do theater. Another episode was one he married his girlfriend that had left him because "FLAG" was taking up his life. Anyways, it was just a REALLY DRAMATIC episode that felt like a jagged pill. You had to take this highly entailing (or what could have been) story in one hour. It was rushed and whatnot, but it was pretty nice. It had a nice twist here and there, so even though it should have been stretched out in TWO hours, it's not bad. Thanks for reading!

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