Knight Rider is one of those shows that doesn’t technically make any sense but we still loved it. It had everything you could possibly need, David Hasslehoff, a robot car, and a whole lot of cheesy 80s stunts.
The show was super fun and ridiculous which was a lot of the appeal, but there was a lot going on behind the scenes you probably never knew about.
Here are 10 fascinating facts about how they made one of the most bizarre shows you remember from the 80s!
1. It was inspired by The Lone Ranger
It makes sense when you think about it, it’s basically one guy no one seems to know much about saving people with the help of his vehicle/mode of transportation.
2. The idea came from an episode of B.J. and the Bear
There was an episode called “Cain’s Cruiser” where they face off against a technologically advanced police cruiser.
3. K.I.T.T. originally had another name
The first name they had was T.A.T.T. which stood for Trans Am Two Thousand instead of Knight Industries Two Thousand. They did still use the Trans Am as the car but just gave it a different name.
4. Pontiac had a special deal with the producers to get the cars
Pontiac would sell them each car they needed for only $1. This worked out well because they cost $18,000 for the modifications alone and they would ruin between four to nine PER SEASON.
5. There were different versions of the car made
They had a few “stunt” cars made up for jumps that would weigh significantly less and then the “Hero” car for the non-stunt scenes.
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6. K.I.T.T. was designed in only two weeks
The crew didn’t have a lot of time to design and build this car. They only had two weeks before shooting began and because they had no time to order custom parts they ended up fabricating a lot of things themselves with what they had on hand.
7. The voice of K.I.T.T. had a few demands before agreeing to do the show
William Daniels (AKA Mr. Feeny) was originally supposed to do a robotic temperament without much personality, but he refused. He said if he couldn’t develop K.I.T.T. as a character he wouldn’t do the show.
8. Even though K.I.T.T. and Michael conversed regularly, Hasslehoff and Daniels did not
Because Daniels recorded all of his lines in a studio, and Hasslehoff was on set, they apparently only interacted at the Christmas parties.
9. There was a Diff’rent Strokes crossover
Gary Colemen’s character on Diff’rent Strokes had a two episode arc where he got onto the set of Knight Rider and was almost killed.
10. Battlestar Galactica had an interesting influence on the show
The lights of the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica are actually the same as some of K.I.T.T’s lights.
Who remembers this crazy show? Share your favorite episode in the comments!