Knight Rider (2008)

2008 TV-14 1 season

Knight Rider (2008)

2008 TV-14 1 season
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Now embodied by a Ford Shelby Mustang and voiced by Val Kilmer, KITT returns 25 years later as the supercharged and super-verbal hotrod that, along with its driver, Mike, represents a high-tech government and law enforcement contractor.
Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Val Kilmer, Paul Campbell, Smith Cho, Bruce Davison, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Yancey Arias
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 4 discs

The 1980s hit gets an overhaul with this sleek reboot. Engineer Charles Graiman creates a new KITT that's light years ahead of the original, and Graiman's daughter fights to protect him from foes who would kill to get their hands on it.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this retread of the well-known '80s series is too racy for this generation of kids -- and too poorly made to please old-school fans. In addition to very frequent car chases, there's plenty of other action featuring fists, guns, and other weapons. Plus, hero Michael Traceur is a lot more promiscuous than David Hasselhoff's Michael Knight was in the '80s, sometimes ending up in bed with one or more women. For no apparent reason, women also often appear in slinky outfits and sometimes in their underwear, and there's a fair bit of sexual innuendo, some heavily charged flirting, occasional drinking, and one very, very obvious product placement (hint: it's the car).

Sexual Content

Michael is an incorrigible womanizer and is frequently shown flirting with women (and sometimes more). In some scenes he wakes up in bed with one or more women, and several characters discuss his bedroom habits. Other characters are also shown in bed, implying sexual behavior that includes one-night stands. Women are often shown in slinky attire, as well as sometimes changing clothes or in their underwear, and the men ogle them -- though there's no nudity. Some characters flirt shamelessly (often using very suggestive innuendo) and discuss pornography.


Lots and lots of car chases, usually at high speed and sometimes weaving through traffic. Other action includes shootouts, fistfights, martial arts combat, and other battles, though there's little blood or gore and few injuries (in some cases, the lack of blood is quite unrealistic, given the type of injuries that are incurred). Many of the villains are clichÃd thugs who are happy to menace and intimidate others using weapons and the threat of violence.


Some use of words like "damn" and "hell."

Social Behavior

Michael and KITT work for a shadowy organization dedicated to fighting bad guys, and though the lines between good and evil are clearly drawn, the missions are vague. It's not always clear why Michael needs to retrieve some data file or obtain some briefcase -- but when the thuggish bad guys appear, brandishing heavy weapons, needles full of nasty-looking drugs, or just a bad attitude, it couldn't be more clear that these are villains who need to be "taken out." What's much less clear is what doing that will achieve, or how it will make the world a better place.


Though KITT can transform itself into many types of vehicles, its preferred form is a Ford Mustang GT500KR. Just to make sure nobody misses this, the logo is emblazoned on the headrests and is highly visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking at parties and talk of drinking. Characters occasionally wake up amid the detritus of a party, including many empty beer bottles.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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