Michael Long is a crimefighter who is seriously wounded during his work. Nursed back to health by a mysterious benefactor (chairman of the Knight Industries), he regains consciousness a new man with a new face and a new name: Michael Knight. His mysterious benefactor (through the guise of associate Devon Miles) provides Michael with equipment and support so that he can continue his crime fighting work. The most notable piece of equipment supplied, is "KITT", a high-performance sports car fitted with artificial intelligence.
I loved this show. Knight Rider was one of the staples of my TV diet in the '80s. The main attraction was that...CAR. I swear, back then, that jet black Trans Am was awe-inspiring. It really defined an 80's classic and that decade. Great action mixed with comedy. It was a good mix sci-fi, as well as drama, and action. Knight Rider wasn't a show that was trying to change the world, it was merely a one hour action/adventure block of entertainment. Knight Rider is an endearing and nostalgic series that finds a way to entertain. The fighting stunts were enjoyable, as was the idea of a talking car and how KITT was improved from season to season. The casting was well done. Hasselhoff was gifted with a keen sense of humor and wit, which allowed many of the outrageous stories of Knight Rider to work and not be taken too seriously. The supporting actors like Edward Mulhare and Patricia McPherson complemented Hasselhoff wonderfully as Devon Miles and Bonnie Barstow. It is rare that a cast gels so well like this, and in many ways Knight Rider was more about the characters then the stories or KITT. Knight Rider remains one of the most fondly remembered action adventure TV shows of the 1980s. The show was a fun yet not too serious one hour adventure series. KITT and Michael were a great team their relationship was really great there are times i wish my car could take and cared about me like KITT cared for Michael.