Knight Rider - 80s TV Series
By Mark Nobes and Hannah Johnson
The series originally aired on NBC in the U.S. before being ported to other countries, including the UK. The show originally ran for four seasons (90 episodes) between September 1982 and August 1986, but has been repeated numerous times since then, and is still repeated to this day.
In the UK, the popular series was originally broadcast on ITV, usually at the weekends.
In 1989, a video game was released by Acclaim for the NES.
Original opening title screen from 1982
Michael Knight is a former cop, who is now working for a secret organisation known as the Foundation for Law and Government. Michael's mission is to fight crime and help the innocent. He is aided in his quest by his futuristic sentient car, KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), which was equipped with a host of high-tech gadgets, including Artificial Intelligence provided by the Knight 2000 microprocessor. Yes, the car actually talked to him, which was pure sci-fi at the time, but has become a reality in the 21st century with Alexa taking over our lives!
What kind of car was KITT?
In reality, KITT was actually a customised Pontiac Trans-Am sports car. In the series, the car features a high tech coating which makes it almost indestructible. Costing around $100,000 back in 1982, in today's money, the car would cost around £285,000 to build.
Who provided KITT's voice?
Conception aND Production
David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight with KITT on the front cover of Starlog magazine (US) No.79 from February 1984.
MAIN CAST and Characters
Toys and ANNUALS
If you were of the right age in 1982, then you may have received this Knight 2000 stunt set for Christmas. Unfortunately, I was a tad too old to be playing with this, but it looks like great fun! There was also a Knight Rider Impossibles Stunt Set with a motorized Knight 2000 car.
The Phenomenon that IS David hasselhoff
When David Hasselhoff was cast as Michael Knight in Knight Rider, little did anyone realise the massive phenomenon that would ensue. An actor with incredible charisma, a charming smile and a whole lot of talent, Hoff stole the show and the hearts of audiences around the world.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1952, Hoff's first acting gig was a role in an Off-Broadway production of The Nifty Fifties. From there, he landed a few roles on TV shows such Dr. "Snapper" Foster in The Young and the Restless. But it was his turn as Michael Knight that made Hoff a household name.
Outside of Knight Rider, Hoff has had an equally successful acting and musical career. In 1989, he landed the role of Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch, and has also starred in popular movies like Click and Piranha 3DD.
David Hasselhoff on the cover of Look In magazine Jan 1984