KITT is Kool!

In talking about television on Thursdays, I originally planned to talk about current shows I’m watching.  Since I watch a lot (too much!) of TV, I figured I’d be able to handle most letters.  Wrong!  There’s a Q on the horizon for Thursday.  So I decided to open it up to all shows I have previously watched.  Which means that since today is K, I get to talk about my most favoritest show from childhood – Knight Rider!!!

Just watch the intro for the show to experience the awesomeness:

That theme song still gets my blood pumping.  And on random days, from out of nowhere, the voiceover will pop into my head, and even after all these years, I can still quote it.

Almost thirty years after the show aired, we finally have talking cars.  They’re even pretty smart, since mine knows how to get places, which is better than I can do given my terrible sense of direction.  But while mine can get pretty uppity when I make a wrong turn (seriously, she says ‘recalculating’ in the most frustrated, condescending voice), she will never match the magnificent snarkiness of KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand).  

Freya with the letter K

I loved KITT.  I wanted KITT.  Almost as much as I loved and wanted David Hasselhoff.  Although that was before puberty set in, so it was a (mostly) innocent love.  I even had a Knight Rider sleeping bag, while all my friends had Strawberry Shortcake and Smurfs and teased me for having a boy’s sleeping bag.  I didn’t care, and I even still have that sleeping bag stuffed in a closet somewhere.  
 
I’ll admit it’s been a long time since I’ve seen an episode.  I did watch that gawdawful remake they did a few years ago.  One episode was more than enough, but I forced myself to keep watching out of loyalty to KITT.  I was so relieved when they finally canceled that travesty, so I didn’t have to be the one to let down KITT.  But now I’m a little worried about rewatching the originals because I bet there’s no way it lives up to my glorified childhood memories, and it will be cheesy and disappointing.  I’d rather remember Michael Knight in all his handsome, young loner glory, championing the cause of the innocents with an occasional turbo boost from his best friend KITT.
 
Did you watch the original Knight Rider?  How about the remake?  How Kissable is Freya with her letter K?

Comments

Medeia Sharif's picture

I loved Knight Rider. And that theme song was amazing.

Donna McNicol's picture

I agree completely...I so enjoyed the characters in the original, corny version. The remake stunk!!

Carol's picture

I loved Knight Rider! I have to admit that I still sometimes pretend our car is like KITT. I never saw the remake though.

Mina Burrows's picture

Yeah, I liked KITT too. I wanted that car at one time (minus the Hasselhoff.) :)

Buffy Armstrong's picture

Never watched Knight Ridder. I can't look at Hasselhoff. He irritates me on a fundamental level!

Sheenah Freitas's picture

For the sake of your childhood memory, do not rewatch Knight Rider! There's a chance you'll be disappointed and find it cheesy. But... you can rewatch the opening and admire that voiceover. It's a nice voice to listen to.

Damyanti's picture

Freya is oh so cute :)

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michelle's picture

This brings back memories....
I loved KITT (back in the day...) and David Hasselhoff... both were so smooth and slick! They were invincible...
Fast forward to present day.... David's okay... but I preferred him as Knightrider... he's not the same... a bit too hip & funky for his own good... don't hassle the Hoff and all that jazz...

Carrie's picture

I loved the KITT car. I actually got to see the car when I was a kid and somewhere there is a picture of my neighbors and I visiting the KITT car.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Glad to see so many people have fond memories of Knight Rider and KITT.  That was a show for everyone - cool talking car for the guys and a (then) dreamy Hoff for the gals.  

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