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

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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 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 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


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Release Date:

26 September 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Just after KITT has been taken by the car thieves, KITT returns. However with the kind of car seats the Trans Am has, you can see day light through the passenger seat headrest but not through the drivers seat. Then in the next shot you can clearly see the stunt driver's arms just as 'KITT' pulls up along side Michael Knight. See more »


K.I.T.T.: [about to smash through a trailer] With all due respect, you are not possibly thinking of... Oh my word, you are!
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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 »


Follows Knight Rider (1982) See more »


Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Written by Eddie Schwartz (uncredited)
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OK to watch
25 March 2006 | by StibbertSee all my reviews

David Hasslehof and his talking car may not be the brightest moments in television, but not the darkest neither.

While it may have been a good idea at the time, this just doesn't hold up today. The story is all through silly and would maybe make it in a children's cartoon today. The beginning was really vague and confusing. It kind of made sense later, but still. It's never really believable and you never really forget you're just watching TV. You'll also find the regular clichés in there. Like the take-out-five-guys-alone-in-a-bar-fight-cliché, meet-sexy-girl-with-kid-cliché and not to mention the rich-and-powerful-secret-organization-cliché.

The acting is OK. It's acting and there is no doubt about it. The characters are OK. They make a character of the car and that is good.

The stunts and special effects are obvious, you see the ramps for the jumps and the driver who is not supposed to be there. All together it's not very impressive, but it's fun enough to watch.

As for cinematography it's OK. No shots is bad and here and there, there is a cool one and the lightning is nice. The music is not bad neither. In fact I'd say that theme is the best thing with this whole movie. The rest of the score is good too.

All together this is not quality TV at it's best. Never the less, I found it too be rather entertaining and OK to watch.

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