20. In the pilot episode of the 1985 action series "Knight Rider", undercover police detective lieutenant Michael Long was shot and critically wounded while in the line of duty. Which police agency was Michael Long a member of?
From Quiz Who, What, or Where on Classic TV - Part III
Answer: Los Angeles Police Department
Det. Lt. Michael Long (Larry Anderson) was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. While on a "special loan" undercover assignment to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Long was double-crossed by one of his informants, resulting in him being shot point-blank in the face, and left for dead in the desert. Long's life was saved when a metal plate implanted in his head (as the result of injury previously sustained in the military) deflected the bullet. Near death and with his face destroyed, long was rescued by Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart), a reclusive billionaire philanthropist.who tended to Long's injuries and financed the costly reconstructive surgeries that gave long a new face.
When recovered, Long with a new face, was offered a position with Knight's "special" project, The Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG) as an independent operative with the full resources of the Foundation behind him.
After some consideration, Long accepted the offer of his mystery benefactor, who himself was dying. With Michael Long officially listed as being dead, Long took on the last name of Wilton Knight, assuming the new identity of Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and started his duties for FLAG.
To assist him in his efforts, Knight was presented with a highly sophisticated prototype vehicle, a 1982 Pontiac Firebird known as the Knight Industry Two Thousand, or "KITT" for short. The car possessed a computer, was able to drive itself, was armed with hidden weapons, was equipped with a turbo-thrust feature which could rapidly accelerate the speed of the vehicle, and could talk and hold conversations with its driver. The voice of KITT was supplied by William Daniels. Working as a team, Michael and KITT traveled the confronting and eliminating the criminal activities throughout the country. In close support of KITT was a mysterious black 18 wheeler truck, contained equipment and technicians to tend to the needs of the futuristic automobile.
"Knight Rider" aired 90 episodes during its four season run (1982-1982), and was reprised with most of the original cast for the TV movie "Knight Rider 2000" in 1991. An updated version of the series with a new cast and new vehicles, "Team Knight Rider" was released in 1997.