The Husband:
For those who gave me shit for disliking the pilot of The Mentalist — it gathered a very healthy Nielsen rating of 15.6 million viewers, yet I still think it’s going to have a Bionic Woman collapse by end-of-season if it doesn’t get better quality-wise — I think you’re really going to hate me for the next statement.

Knight Rider didn’t totally suck.

Sure, it was cheesy, poorly planned, strangely acted and built almost entirely around showing off KITT’s many features, but wasn’t the original David Hasselhoff the exact same way?

In the second semester of my sophomore year of college, I had just moved out of Rains Hall to get away from a startlingly racist roommate and shifted my life across my school’s span to some on-campus apartments. In doing so, I got a much cooler roommate, an easy-going, laidback SoCal surfer guy. I know that for a while he considered me “square” — that’s the word he used — but we connected very nicely on two things.
  • Wayne’s World
  • Knight Rider

At that time (not sure if it’s still that way), the Sci-Fi Channel had an airing of this classic cheeseball series every weekday some time between noon and 2 p.m. I can’t remember exactly when, but it definitely fell right around there. Every time we could for a few months, we’d sit in the living room — I had pretty much made the couch my primary sleep area much to the mild annoyance of the other two people in the apartment — and laugh gleefully at this silly show. We’d anticipate the point in each episode when KITT would have to use his oh-so-special JUMP power — which is pretty much the stunt coordinators putting a ramp just out of the camera’s view — and look forward to the episodes featuring the mustachioed Michael Knight doppelganger.

But was it a good show? Absolutely not.

The new incarnation doesn’t have the borderline-surreal charm of the original, but at least it had a sense of dumb fun. I think people’s problem is that it’s on NBC. I too, admittedly, have this problem. Why this show is on the Big 4 while the Peacock has cancelled quality shows like Journeyman and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip is kind of infuriating. But really, if this show was on USA or the Sci-Fi Channel and kept its quality, I think people would consider the show a somewhat solid throwback. It’s all in how you look at things.

Am I defending the show? Not really. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you, but if you’ve got a DVR, a couple friends and a six-to-12 pack of Corona, you could do worse than to watch this show while waiting for your 2 p.m. philosophy course to start.

What happens to you when you watch Knight Rider sober.

What happens to you when you watch Knight Rider sober.