Knight Rider

Season 1 Episode 1

Knight of the Phoenix (1)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 1982 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Michael is seen to wear his regular 'com-link' watch in this episode (visible when he is holding up the phone as he talks to Devon), but he does not yet use it when he is separated from KITT, such as when he is in jail.

    • Unusually, Michael contacts Devon via phone. Typically in the series, he would do so via one of KITT's monitor screens.

    • 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.

    • When Michael first encounters KITT in the darkened lab, his red scan bar is much thinner than is shown in the rest of the series.

    • Michael Knight's automobile registration for KITT reveals his address to be 2457 Ybarra Road in Nores, California 93666.

    • Michael Long's middle name is revealed to be Arthur.

  • Quotes

    • Michael: I'm warning you, Devon, I'm gonna put this thing to the test.
      Devon: Be my guest.
      Michael: I don't believe this, I'm playing chicken with a ten-ton semi.

    • Devon: Welcome aboard the Knight 2000.
      Michael: Thank you. What's all this? Looks like Darth Vader's bathroom.
      Devon: It is a one-of-a-kind car, Mr. Long. It is the fastest, safest, strongest car in the world. It is also completely fuel-efficient and is operated entirely by microprocessors which make it virtually impossible for it to be involved in any kind of mishap or collision.

    • Michael: You know, you're about as much fun as a divorce... which is not a bad idea.
      KITT: I want custody of me.

    • KITT: There's no reason for increased volume. I'm scanning your interrogatives quite satisfactorily. I am the voice of Knight Industry 2000's Micro processor, K.I.T.T. for easy reference, KITT if you prefer.

    • Wilton Knight: (dying) My... adventure has ended. Yours has just—just begun.

  • Notes

    • Music: "Proud Mary" by the casino band; "Harden My Heart" originally by Quarterflash; "Take It Easy" originally by The Eagles; "Carolina On My Mind" originally by James Taylor; "Peaceful Easy Feeling" originally by The Eagles; "Don't Stop" originally by Fleetwood Mac; "Third Rate Romance" originally by The Amazing Rhythm Aces

    • The premiere episode is the only one where the guest star/production credits at the beginning of the episode use the "Knight Rider" font style like the opening credits. Subsequent episodes for the remainder of the series used the "rounded" font style.

    • The sound team was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Series category for their work on this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Michael Knight". The French episode title is "La Revanche", meaning "Revenge". The Czech episode title is "Jako Fénix z popela", meaning "Like the Phoenix from Ashes".

    • Richard Anderson and Herbert Jefferson Jr. can also both be seen in The Bionic Woman's season one episode "Mirror Image."

    • In the UK, a repeat showing of this movie in 1988 (in feature-length format) made the weeks viewing chart, clocking up 12.0 million viewers on it's broadcast on Friday 1st April. (It was billed as 'Knight Rider - The Movie').

  • Allusions

    • Michael comments that KITT's interior, "looks like Darth Vader's bathroom," referencing the iconic villain from the Star Wars franchise.

    • "Knight of the Phoenix" references the mythological phoenix. Just as the phoenix is reborn from death, Michael Long was reborn as Michael Knight.