“Knight Rider” was one of two popular television shows to cement David Hasselhoff’s standing as a pop culture icon (the other was “Baywatch”). It also made a star of a talking car named K.I.T.T.
Michael Knight (played by Hasselhoff) and his quick-witted vehicle fought crime together for 86 episodes over the course of four seasons — from 1982 to 1986.
And though that seems ages ago now, the brand hasn’t ever died. It was followed by two sequel programs and three television movies. There’s still even talk of reviving the franchise with the now-65-year-old Hasselhoff returning as Knight.
The actor brought up the idea of a revival just this year. He told CinemaBlend he wanted a more serious reboot of "Knight Rider" in the vein of this year's "Logan."
Said Hasselhoff, "I have met Robert Rodriguez. He does '[From] Dusk Till Dawn' and 'Machete.' And I said, You need to do 'Knight Rider.' Because he was doing a marathon of 'Knight Riders' [on El Rey Network] and he said, 'Can we have a selfie!?' And I said, 'No, I don't want a selfie! I want to do the movie! I want to shoot the TV series! I want to bring it back and make it dark! Michael Knight comes back and he's pissed' ... I hope it happens, and if it does, it'll be kind of like 'Logan.' It will be dark. Hasselhoff as Michael Knight in 2017. 'Knight Rider.' The saga continues."
It's hard to tell exactly when "Knight Rider" will return or how — but there's no question it will make its way back to screens somehow. It's too popular a franchise to ever truly fade from pop culture.
Here's a look at five facts about "Knight Rider" you likely never knew:
1.) William Daniels worked less than an hour on each episode. William Daniels, the voice of K.IT.T., had a pretty sweet gig — considering the actual time he invested in "Knight Rider."
The actor told the authors of the book "Knight Rider Legacy" he spent less than an hour recording for every episode.
"I knocked off an episode in about 45 minutes. I never watched the episode while I would do the voiceover," said Daniels. "I would have the pages that involved K.I.T.T. — not even the entire show. Those pages would have David's dialogue and then K.I.T.T.'s answers."
Hasselhoff's voice would be played for Daniels — and he would answer as K.I.T.T.
Given all that, the voice of the car was one of the most iconic parts of the show. Daniels brought just enough personality to K.I.T.T. to keep things interesting and cool — but not goofy.
2.) K.I.T.T. almost had a different name. K.I.T.T. was nearly called T.A.T.T. — which stands for Trans Am Two Thousand. It was decided early in production to scrap that title for something more catchy.
K.I.T.T. stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. The car is named after its fictional creator, Wilton Knight.
3.) Hasselhoff and Daniels didn't actually meet early on. David Hasselhoff did not meet the man behind the voice he interacted with every episode until a Christmas party for the show's staff was thrown after the first season.
William Daniels, the voice of K.I.T.T., did his recordings separately from Hasselhoff's work — and he felt he absolutely needed to introduce himself when the two men managed to be in the same room together.
"A guy walks over to my table and goes, 'Hi, I'm William Daniels. I play K.I.T.T.,'" Hasselhoff told CBS in an interview. "And I say, 'Oh, I'm David Hasselhoff and I play Michael.' And he says, 'Oh, we have a hit don't we?' And that was our first conversation."
4.) The show was meant to be a modern-day 'Lone Ranger.' It may seem strange for a TV show about a talking car to draw its roots from a western — but that's where the seeds of "Knight Rider" began, according to creator Glen A. Larson.
"I wanted to do 'The Lone Ranger' with a car," he said, according at AdAge. "If you think about him riding across the plains and going from one town to another to help law and order, then K.I.T.T. becomes Tonto."
5.) As many as four to nine cars were 'ruined' each season. The production would reportedly keep four cars ready to go at all times. Each one cost about $18,000 to modify for its "K.I.T.T." look. That's a hefty price tag when you add up all 86 episodes.
Last Modified: November 9, 2017, 5:12 pm