* ClicheStorm: Garthe Knight, the man is a ''WALKING TALKING CLICHÉ!'' Even by the standards of the eighties!
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: The ThemeTune.
* FightSceneFailure: The fight scenes are pretty hilariously bad.
* FollowTheLeader: ''{{Series/Airwolf}}'', ''Series/BlueThunder'', ''Series/StreetHawk'', ''The Highwayman'', and arguably ''{{Series/Automan}}'' were all [[TravelCool cool vehicle]] shows spawned in the wake of KR's success. The first two were also obviously DuelingShows that were ''also'' following ''Film/BlueThunder'''s cinematic lead, and ''Automan'' was following two leaders, KR and ''{{Film/Tron}}''. Notably, all but ''Airwolf'' [[ShortRunners died early deaths]].
** The success of the ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' movie was a major influence on [=KR08=]'s pilot movie, and the subsequent show borrowed a lot of design elements (including the transformation style), culminating in bringing Creator/PeterCullen back as the voice of KARR.
** Ironically, the transformation style had previously been attempted in ''Viper'', which was a distant FollowTheLeader of the original Knight Rider.
* FridgeBrilliance: The show has had three examples of EvilTwin, one of which was KARR, KITT's evil twin. At first, this seems like a further effort to establish the car as a character. But when you think about it, KITT is ''more'' likely to have an evil twin than the two humans (Michael and Devon). True, the in-universe explanation is the most likely (KITT is an advanced piece of technology and KARR was his prototype), but creating a copy of KITT only requires getting a third generation Trans-Am and customizing it to look like KITT (which some real life fans have no doubt done).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** The original is considered [[SoBadItsGood 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: Hasselhoff played the Marvel character Nick Fury in a poorly received TV movie. The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse now features a much better received version of Fury...who has a talking car in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
* {{Narm}}: In the episode with KARR, the "No! ''NO''!" that KARR gave when [[spoiler: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 [[MadeOfExplodium explosive demise]]]].
* SpecialEffectFailure: A lot of turbo boost shots very obviously ended badly for KITT's stunt double.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: When KITT the Pontiac Trans Am became a 2008 Ford Mustang [=GT500KR=] in the new series.
* TooGoodToLast: The 2008 revival in some countries.