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Monday, November 8, 2010

1980s Christmas: Knight Rider

You know you watched it--and you loved it. Okay, maybe it was just me. But the 1980s were a different time. Knight Rider's second season produced its only Christmas-themed episode, entitled "Silent Knight." On his way to a formal Christmas banquet, Michael Knight decides to help a gypsy boy who is being pursued by bank robbers. The boy is a witness to their criminal act and the robbers want to make sure he can’t identify them. But the boy’s gypsy family interferes with Michael’s ability to keep him safe. This episode is so bad, it's good. Even K.I.T.T. is able to arrange to buy Christmas gifts for his colleagues! This 1983 episode is available on DVD--and at Netflix.

Of course, if that's not enough holiday Hasselhoff for you, check out the Baywatch Christmas episode, 1994's "Silent Night, Baywatch Night." This is a two part episode (that's two hours!) of beach adventures. It includes special guest Danny Woodburn--an actor you may remember as the recurring character Mickey on Seinfeld. This Christmas episode also includes Pamela Anderson in a macrame bikini working with orphans. Aaawwww....Christmas is for the kids, isn't it? Anyway, this episode isn't out on DVD yet--but I found it easily on Youtube.

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