You know, when you think about it, billionaires really come in handy when it comes to secret identities and crime-fighting. Without all that cash, Bruce Wayne could have never afforded all those nifty little toys that helped him become Batman. And the same goes for Wilton Knight, really. If he hadn’t been privy to that sort of cash, he wouldn’t have been able to give ol’ Michael Long a new face and a fancy-shmancy new talking car. Let’s be honest, plastic surgery ain’t cheap… and a talking car? Well, it’s just plain ludicrous to think you could get your hands on one of those without forking over some serious cashola.
And so this is where the story of Knight Rider begins. (Ok, fine– it’s not our story, it’s Glen Larson’s. And if it wasn’t for his dream of a high-tech, sci-fi/western, we would have never been given one of the greatest TV shows of the 80s.)
It debuted in 1982 and was an instant hit. (Hellooooo, it has a bad ass talking car! What’s not to love?) KITT, short for Knight Industries Two Thousand, was Michael’s partner in fighting crime. KITT got Michael out of several pickles and really was the ideal partner. Whenever Michael called, that car was there with whatever sort of backup he needed. A fast getaway? Piece of cake. Need someone to sniff out some poisonous gas? Oh, don’t worry, KITT’s got an olfactory sensor. Smoke screen? Flame thrower? Tear gas launcher? Check. Check. Check.
Of course, the fact that “The Hoff” played Michael was really just the icing on the cake. C’mon, it’s The Hoff! In his pre-Baywatch and boozin’ days! There’s something so beautifully 80s about that it almost brings a tear to our eye.
Knight Rider went off the air in 1986, leaving behind a gaggle of crushed fans. When it comes right down to it, though, KITT and Michael Knight couldn’t have come along at a better time or in a better decade.
We ♥ Knight Rider.
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