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YMMV: Knight Rider
  • Cliché Storm: Garthe Knight, the man is a WALKING TALKING CLICHÉ! Even by the standers of the eighties!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Theme Tune.
  • Fight Scene Failure: The fight scenes are pretty hilariously bad.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The original is considered hilarious in Brazil, thanks in part to an extremely hammy dub. The Mexican Spanish dub averts this through, since the series is still popular in Mexico.
    • The Japanese-dubbed version is as hammy as the Brazilian dub (You can watch a clip of that dub in the movie Mr. Baseball).
    • The 2008 revival was immensely well received in some European countries, especially Spain.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hasselhoff played the Marvel character Nick Fury in a poorly received TV movie. The Marvel Cinematic Universe now features a much better received version of Fury...who has a talking car in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Narm: In the episode with KARR, the "No! NO!" that KARR gave when Michael overrode KITT to play chicken with KARR, knowing the latter would veer out of the way due to self-preservative programming, sending it off a cliff and to a rather explosive demise.
  • Special Effect Failure: A lot of turbo boost shots very obviously ended badly for KITT's stunt double.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: When KITT the Pontiac Trans Am became a 2008 Ford Mustang GT500KR in the new series.
  • Too Good to Last: The 2008 revival in some countries.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Episodes like "Deadly Maneuvers" portraying some U.S. military personnel as greedy, murderous, profiteers. Michael even implies at one point that the general already responsible for orchestrating a murder was planning on selling nuclear weapons to other countries. This can be seen as ridiculously offensive to real life U.S. servicemen and women.
    • Coronel Kincade from the original series episode "Inside Out". A retired U.S. coronel who, for no clear reason, went psycho and became a ruthless criminal mastermind.

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