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.


Daniel Haller


Glen A. Larson (created by), Glen A. Larson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Hasselhoff ... Michael Long / Michael Knight
Edward Mulhare ... Devon Miles
Phyllis Davis ... Tanya Walker
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Maggie
Lance LeGault ... Vernon Gray
Noel Conlon Noel Conlon ... William Benjamin
Michael D. Roberts ... Jackson
Bert Rosario ... Brown
Richard Anderson ... Dr. Ralph Wesley
Vince Edwards ... Fred Wilson
Richard Basehart ... Wilton Knight
Ed Gilbert ... Charles Acton (as Edmund Gilbert)
Shawn Ora Engemann ... Lonnie (as Shawn Southwick)
Brian Cutler ... Bar Manager
Barret Oliver ... Buddy


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 Michael Knight. The person responsible for this is Wilton Knight, a dying billionaire who, convinced that one man can make a difference, has selected Michael for the role as a crime-fighter. Now armed with an 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, Michael 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


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Did You Know?


Veteran film actor Richard Basehart made a cameo as the designer of the K.I.T.T car, Wilton Knight. Consequently, the actor would also provide the voiceover for the opening credit sequence. See more »


The end chase takes place in the middle of the night. It is dark from beginning to end. Yet in a single shot in the middle we see K.I.T.T. riding at dawn. See more »


Michael Knight: [on payphone in jail] What are we going to do?
Devon Miles: We? That's wonderful, a couple of days ago you practically drove over my foot to be on your own.
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Alternate Versions

When this was originally aired, Larry Anderson's real voice was used for Michael Long. In subsequent airings, David Hasselhoff's voice is dubbed over. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms (1996) See more »


Carolina In My Mind
Written by James Taylor (uncredited)
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6 June 2002 | by sTAn-69See all my reviews

I remember when we eventually got our cable back in the mid-80's. Knight Rider came on our screens along with Airwolf and those other shows you also might remember well. I was a child and Knight Rider was fun, a car that actually can talk and think. Coool. Well, I strongly doubt I will be still as much impressed more than 15 years later, but it was really entertaining at that time.

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Release Date:

26 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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