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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"Knight Rider: Knight of the Phoenix," Originally aired on NBC in 1982 as a two-hour TV movie. The two-hour pilot was later split in to two parts for syndication and the second half of the pilot was retitled "Knight Rider: Knight of the Phoenix, Part II." See more »


On Michael Knight's driver's "new" driver's license, he is listed as being 5'6 with brown hair, brown eyes. In real life, the Hoff has blue eyes and is app. 6'4 - which would mean, by comparison, everyone else in the show would be really, really short. 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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Followed by Knight Rider 2010 (1994) See more »


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Good tv-series
3 July 2002 | by (Paisley, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I remember this when I was younger, I thought it was brilliant that there was a talking car, that could do almost anything, unlock doors, crash though brick wall without damage, etc and best of all, drive it's self, still now it was brilliantly done to have a car that could do that, with turbo jump and other accessories, although looking at the acting by Hasselhoff looks wooden, and the story lines a bit had to believe. There are repeats of this tv series still running, I still like it. I would let any youngster watch as it is well done for the time. How long will it be till we actually get cars that will talk to you or do this for real, not to long into the future.

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