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  • TV-PG
  • 1972
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.7  (5,480)

Kung Fu is an American period drama about a Shaolin monk who travels across the Old West of the United States in search of his half-brother. The series premiered as a regular series on the U.S. network ABC after its film-length pilot aired on anthology program ABC Movie of the Week. The story of Kung Fu centers around the character of Kwai Chang Caine, played by David Carradine. The son of American Thomas Henry Caine and a Chinese woman, Caine enters a Shaolin monastery after becoming an orphan upon his maternal grandfather's death. There, he learns the ways of the Shaolin monks while he also trains in the martial arts, eventually becoming an expert. In the premiere episode of the series, Caine's mentor at the monastery, Master Po, is murdered. When Caine discovers the culprit is the nephew of the Emperor, he exacts revenge by slaying the man. Now a wanted criminal in his homeland, Caine sails across the Pacific to hide out in the U.S. and seek the whereabouts of his half-brother, Danny Caine. Though he tries to remain anonymous in his quest, Caine ends up in situations where his skills are needed. During these adventures, flashbacks to his days in the monastery aide Caine in determining the best course of action for him to take. These past moments feature a tween or teenage Caine and Master Kan (Philip Ahn) or Master Po (Keye Luke), who refers to the young Caine as Grasshopper. During the third season of Kung Fu, episodes featuring the younger version of Cain while in China were mixed with his present quest to be reunited with his brother Danny, played by Tim McIntire. In a four episode arc, Caine connects with Danny's son Zeke, played by John Blyth Barrymore, and Zeke's grandfather (John Vernon), all the while avoiding fight promoter and criminal Corbino (Leslie Nielsen). Created by Ed Spielman, Jerry Thorpe, and Herman Miller, Kung Fu was distributed by Warner Brothers Television. The show debuted on ABC in October of 1972 and ended after three seasons in April of 1975.

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The Last Raid
24. The Last Raid
April 26, 1975
Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) comes to the aid of a black family and a white family whose sons are kidnapped by a renegade Confederate Army officer.
Ambush
23. Ambush
April 5, 1975
Serenity Johnson, the blind preacher last seen in The Nature Of Evil, asks Caine to help escort him with a shipment to San Fransisco. What neither one of them knows is that stolen silver bars are hidden in the shipment, and people involved in the robbery are after them.
The Thief of Chendo
22. The Thief of Chendo
March 29, 1975
Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) enlists the aid of the Prince of Thieves to restore a Chinese Duke to his royal throne.
Full Circle
21. Full Circle
March 15, 1975
Brothers Kwai Chang (DAVID CARRADINE) and Danny Caine (TIM McINTIRE) stand shoulder to shoulder in a fight for their lives as they try to reunite their family. Fourth part of a four-part episode. Leslie Nielsen guest stars.
The Brothers Caine
20. The Brothers Caine
March 1, 1975
Caine finds where his brother is hiding, but is unaware that Danny has been told there is a Chinese bounty hunter who wants to kill him.
Flight to Orion
19. Flight to Orion
February 22, 1975
Indians, desert killers and a Barbary Coast overlord menace Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) as he continues to search for his brother. Second part of a four-part episode. Leslie Nielsen guest stars.
Barbary House
18. Barbary House
February 15, 1975
Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) becomes a Barbary Coast prizefighter in an effort to locate his brother before he's killed. First part of a four-part episode. Leslie Nielsen guest stars.
Battle Hymn
17. Battle Hymn
February 8, 1975
Two vagabond musicians (JOSE FELICIANO and JULIAN "CANNONBALL" ADDERLEY) join Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) in an unusual adventure about a search for a boyhood dream that leads to murder.
One Step to Darkness
16. One Step to Darkness
January 25, 1975
Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) enters the spirit world to exorcise a demon and save a woman from the horrors of drug addiction.
The Forbidden Kingdom
15. The Forbidden Kingdom
January 18, 1975
The dramatic events that forced Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) to flee China unfold again as Caine relives his desperate attempt to escape the Emperor's revenge.
A Lamb to the Slaughter
14. A Lamb to the Slaughter
January 11, 1975
Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) is forced to repay a family debt of honor--by teaching a peaceful man how to kill!
The Vanishing Image
13. The Vanishing Image
December 20, 1974
Death comes in three forms when Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) confronts a killer from China, a dying photographer (LEW AYRES) and an Indian youth threatened by the death of his own spirit.
The Demon God
12. The Demon God
December 13, 1974
Kwai Chang Caine--both the boy (RADAMES PERA) and the man (DAVID CARRADINE)--confront the menace of death in a bizarre mystery of the supernatural.
Besieged: Cannon at the Gates (2)
11. Besieged: Cannon at the Gates (2)
November 22, 1974
Caine's (DAVID CARRADINE) love for the intended bride of a Chinese warlord is overshadowed by the warrior's threat to destroy the Shaolin temple where she has sought refuge. Second part of a two-part episode that begins with Besieged: Death on a Cold Mountain
Besieged: Death on a Cold Mountain (1)
10. Besieged: Death on a Cold Mountain (1)
November 15, 1974
Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) leads an attack against a Chinese warlord who threatens to destroy the Shaolin temple unless a young, novice nun is surrendered to his passion. First part of a two-part episode that concludes with Besieged: Cannon at the Gates
The Garments of Rage
9. The Garments of Rage
November 8, 1974
Disciple opposes master when Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) takes a stand against a renegade Shaolin priest (JAMES SHIGETA) terrorizing a railroad company in America to avenge his nephew's death.
The Devil's Champion
8. The Devil's Champion
November 1, 1974
We return to Caine's past in China. Caine witnesses a man defeat six others in the village. The man instructs Caine to deliver a challenge. He demands a fight to the death with Master Kan or he will kill a villager every day until he gets it.
Cry of the Night Beast
7. Cry of the Night Beast
October 19, 1974
A mystical revelation compels Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) to protect a buffalo calf whose life force is supernaturally linked to a young, expectant mother.
My Brother, My Executioner
6. My Brother, My Executioner
October 12, 1974
Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) continues his search for his American half-brother, only to learn that Danny Caine is being drawn into a shootout by an ambitious gunfighter.
The Predators
5. The Predators
October 5, 1974
A charge of attempted murder spurs Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) to invade the lair of vicious killers and kidnap the only man who can clear him.
This Valley of Terror
4. This Valley of Terror
September 28, 1974
A journey to mysterious Indian burial grounds -- and into the frightening recesses of the human mind -- awaits Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) when he encounters a young woman (SONDRA LOCKE) who has escaped from an insane asylum.
A Small Beheading
3. A Small Beheading
September 21, 1974
The Emperor's offer of a pardon is really a trap to finally kill Caine.
Blood of the Dragon (2)
2. Blood of the Dragon (2)
September 14, 1974
The life of Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) is threatened by two deadly forces--by the Chinese assassins sent to America by the Order of the Avenging Dragon and by Sara Kingsley (PATRICIA NEAL), a matriarch of a ranching family with a sinister secret.
Blood of the Dragon (1)
1. Blood of the Dragon (1)
September 14, 1974
Kwai Chang Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) is stalked by two deadly adversaries: The Order of the Avenging Dragon--who act as guardians to the Royal Household of Imperial China and have sworn to avenge the death of the royal nephew--and by Sara Kingsley (PATRICIA NEAL), the matriarch of a ranching empire, who considers Caine's insistent probing into her family's background a threat to her existence.
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Kung Fu is an American period drama about a Shaolin monk who travels across the Old West of the United States in search of his half-brother. The series premiered as a regular series on the U.S. network ABC after its film-length pilot aired on anthology program ABC Movie of the Week.

The story of Kung Fu centers around the character of Kwai Chang Caine, played by David Carradine. The son of American Thomas Henry Caine and a Chinese woman, Caine enters a Shaolin monastery after becoming an orphan upon his maternal grandfather's death. There, he learns the ways of the Shaolin monks while he also trains in the martial arts, eventually becoming an expert.

In the premiere episode of the series, Caine's mentor at the monastery, Master Po, is murdered. When Caine discovers the culprit is the nephew of the Emperor, he exacts revenge by slaying the man. Now a wanted criminal in his homeland, Caine sails across the Pacific to hide out in the U.S. and seek the whereabouts of his half-brother, Danny Caine.

Though he tries to remain anonymous in his quest, Caine ends up in situations where his skills are needed. During these adventures, flashbacks to his days in the monastery aide Caine in determining the best course of action for him to take. These past moments feature a tween or teenage Caine and Master Kan (Philip Ahn) or Master Po (Keye Luke), who refers to the young Caine as Grasshopper.

During the third season of Kung Fu, episodes featuring the younger version of Cain while in China were mixed with his present quest to be reunited with his brother Danny, played by Tim McIntire. In a four episode arc, Caine connects with Danny's son Zeke, played by John Blyth Barrymore, and Zeke's grandfather (John Vernon), all the while avoiding fight promoter and criminal Corbino (Leslie Nielsen).

Created by Ed Spielman, Jerry Thorpe, and Herman Miller, Kung Fu was distributed by Warner Brothers Television. The show debuted on ABC in October of 1972 and ended after three seasons in April of 1975.Kung Fu is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (62 episodes). The series first aired on October 14, 1972.

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Kung Fu is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kung Fu on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 14, 1972
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (5,480)