Knight Rider: Season 1, Episode 1

Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 (26 Sep. 1982)

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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)
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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 | Sci-Fi





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26 September 1982 (USA)  »

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The running gag of the two car thieves trying to steal K.I.T.T. was written, shot and inserted after the first cut of the pilot was seven minutes too short See more »


KITT drives himself back to the gas station after being stolen. When the car pulls up beside Michael, the stunt driver's arms can be seen steering the car, then quickly moving out of shot. See more »


[Devon and Michael are celebrating the successful first mission]
Devon Miles: Shall we drink to what is the start of...
Michael Knight: Of what?
Devon Miles: One Man's dream
Michael Knight: And to our future. No matter who it may take us up against or where.
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Spoofed in O ippotis tis lakouvas (1985) See more »


Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Written by Eddie Schwartz (uncredited)
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Why do poeple complain?
23 March 2003 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I've gone through several of these comments and seriously, some of those complaints are just ridiculous. I mean, Yes the show acting wasn't the best and Yes the car stunts do show some obvious errors. Hell I once recorded the show in a video tape and saw a guy sneaking around within the car when it was supposed to be empty. Big boo boo there. I replayed it and showed it to all my friends. And Yes... the truck Did seem a bit small for the car and everyone else in it.. to move around. But you know, those shows entertained us to no end. We didn't give a damn abt special effects at that age.. we didn't care abt the mistakes they made as long as they weren't so glaring. The storyline was good, the stunts were fun to watch, the dialogue witty, and frankly this was a show my entire family ran to the tv to watch on friday nights and we didn't miss it unless the sky was raining comets :-p... bottom line, by being too judgemental abt the show, exploring its scientific aspects just spoils the thing. Since when did entertainment require you to Think? Knight Rider was a typical example of what real quality was about and the 80's had the best of all tv shows. Its a pity that modern shows come up with so many special effects, it doesn't get entertaining any more. the new Team Knight Rider is absolutely dreadful. Damn them for spoiling the original image. If Anybody wants to bring KR back, they shouldn't. It was a good show, but bringing it back will spoil what a lot of ppl already remember about the original Knight Rider.

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