Does Anyone Give a Damn About Knight Rider?

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
does anyone give a damn about knight rider

One topic that TTAC has steered clear of is the constant liveblogging of announcements about Knight Rider. I realize that retro-1980s stuff is cool for some people, and Knight Rider is nominally about a car with gadgets. But seriously, who cares? It's not previewing some heretofore unseen production model, and it's got all the same boring action as modern action films with fake car-chase scenes so over the top they're just mundane. How many times can we watch a car leap off a bridge, enter orbit, fix a satellite, re-enter the atmosphere, stop at Taco Bell and then land on a Persian rug? The Knight Rider debut had 13 million viewers, which is comparatively pretty high for fiction shows (but a fraction of what American Idol gets), but much like initial car interest, new TV shows often do well the first time, then their ratings fall off a cliff. Worst of all, this "futuristic" car isn't even that cool. If they really wanted to appeal to the male youth demo, why not have KITT be an Evo instead of a Mustang? Oh right, because Knight Rider is a giant commercial.

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  • Schempe Schempe on Apr 03, 2008

    Apparently the hype over the show is enough for someone willing to pay $300,000 for a pair of Kitt Mustangs at Barrett Jackson last week. Yes, the show is corny but then again we can say the same thing about the return of the Bionic Woman which should of been left in the 70's where it belongs along with many other quality programs to choose from during primetime.

  • Dastanley Dastanley on Apr 03, 2008

    Hopefully this copy cat Knight Rider will be put out of its misery. The one from the 80s was weak but this one is the epitome of a POS.

  • IronEagle IronEagle on Apr 03, 2008

    Well they are bringing a series in the fall so everyone be sure to watch! :)

  • Jaje Jaje on Apr 04, 2008

    I just realized - residents of trailer homes need a Sunday car related show to give them their post nascar fix.