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Knight Rider: Season Two (1983) – DVD Review

Knight Rider: Season Two DVD cover art


Series Created by Glen A. Larson
Starring David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, William Daniels, Rebecca Holden


  • All twenty-one second season episodes

Released by: Universal.
Rating: NR.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: If you’re a fan, then buy it.

And we’re back. It’s the further adventures of the series that showed Glen Larson really understood what young males wanted in the 80s. Well, the second thing they really wanted. They wanted a badass black car (voiced by Daniels) that could do all kinds of whacked out crap and was smart enough that they themselves wouldn’t have to be really be smart. They could just look cool, like Michael Knight (Hasselhoff), and drive up on a semi while it was in motion, and you know, fight crime and stuff.

[ad#longpost]And really, is there anything else to say about this series that I didn’t already mention in the review of the last season? We start to see the evolution here of more of the KITT car’s weird “powers,” like being able to move things around from a distance or drive on water. It’s only towards the end of the series that it starts to get really stupid and things pop out of the sides of the car like he was some kind of Swiss army knife or something.

You also get one of the most gleefully silly plots in TV history, which has Hasselhoff facing off against Dark Hasselhoff. Apparently, Michael’s face was taken from Wilton Knight’s black sheep son (not literally–he wasn’t a faceless guy walking around doing evil…but that would have been cool), and now he’s back to do some damage. It’s Mirror Universe Hasselhoff, complete with moustache and soul patch. Hee. Larious. I would have paid good money to see the character, Garthe Knight, show up on Baywatch or something.

Sadly, this set is devoid of special features. The first season’s at least were fun and fun-bad, like the Knight Rider 2000 pilot. I was looking forward to watching the Knight Rider 2010 TV movie on this set, which sounded even more atrocious. Or hey, even a few choice episodes of the also atrocious Team Knight Rider would have been a good bonus, seeing as how it’s unlikely that will ever get its own release.

Because of its lack of features, its for the hardcore fan only. Personally, I think it’s worth a rental for just about everybody. Those that watched it (yes, I’m raising my hand) can enjoy the “Holy hell” response they utter when they revisit something like this a couple decades later, and those that haven’t been exposed to the cheeseball goodness will marvel at the wonder of it all.

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  • Hey! You forgot to mention a few things. Isn’t this the season where “the chick in the truck” got swapped out for the eye-candy, but everyone clamored for the smart lady in the third season? And KITT’s voice-blinkie got an upgrade from “blinker” to “quasi-LED.” And… and I just horribly dated myself, didn’t I? Argh…!

  • Well, I didn’t forget. I just knew that somebody would come along and spare me the effort. MY PLAN HAS WORKED PERFECTLY. MOOHA.