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Series: Team Knight Rider
"Fifteen years ago, all it took was one man and one machine to get the job done. Now, the Foundation for Law and Government has assembled five highly skilled operatives and paired them with the most advanced, state-of-the-art vehicles to take on a new breed of outlaw. They are: Team Knight Rider."

A short-lived Sequel Series to the original Knight Rider. It ran from October, 1997 to May, 1998, and a total of 22 episodes were produced in its single season. Rather than focusing on one man and his car, TKR featured a team of five operatives and vehicles:

  • "Dante", a Ford Expedition. Operated by Kyle Stewart (Brixton Karnes), a former CIA agent.
  • "Domino", a Ford Mustang. Operated by Jenny Andrews (Christine Steel), a former Marine. She was a veteran of The Gulf War.
  • "Beast", an F-150. Operated by Duke DePalma (Duane Davis), a former Chicago police officer and boxer.
  • "Plato" and "Kat", custom motorcycles which could combine to form a "high speed pursuit vehicle". Operated respectively by Kevin "Trek" Sanders (Nick Wechsler), and Erica West (Kathy Trageser). Sanders is a technical expert; West is a former con artist and professional thief.

The series was considered a failure on many levels. In addition to failing to draw much public interest, it (perhaps unfairly) alienated most fans, whose common complaints were:

  • Departure from the "One man can make a difference" premise
  • Use of Ford, rather than Pontiac vehicles (Though Ford made an extremely generous offer to the producers, many fans of the original series are rabid Pontiac fans)
  • Lack of spectacular "feature of the week" abilities (Probably due to budget constraints)
  • Insertion of a comic book style plot arc
  • Absence of a KITT-style red "Cylon eye" on the vehicles
  • The High Speed Pursuit Vehicle really did look pretty silly.

So outraged were fans of the original series that it was widely speculated that TKR's producers were intentionally attempting to make a bad series as a personal slight against original series creator Glen Larson.

None of the original cast appeared in this series; Edward Mulhare was cast in a recurring guest role, but his untimely death made this impossible. The characters of KITT and Michael Knight made cameos in the series finale, but were played by stand ins.

TKR aired in syndication as part of the "Action Pack" (which also produced the first seasons of Hercules The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess) in 1997.


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alternative title(s): Team Knight Rider
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