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 ... 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 »

Also Known As:

Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the shots showing K.I.T.T. driving along desert roads, reveal the front scanner not to have been completed by the time of these shots; instead a mock up red section has been added to the nose of the car. Also, KITT's blinking red square when he talks varies - in some shots, it has 'Knight 2000' written in a digital font over it. A couple of shots show the red section to not be in place, with a blank white panel instead. See more »


if the computer system in the car is operable after being switched on by Devon, then how come the light bar was off until KITT busts himself out of Comtron. See more »


Jackson, Car-Thief: [having managed to seal K.I.T.T] Hey, hey, Wow! Man, this thing must make coffee too!
K.I.T.T.: I do nothing of the kind. Now pull over immediately.
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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 »


Edited into Knight Rider: Dead of Knight (1984) See more »


Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Written by Eddie Schwartz (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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