Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

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Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
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Created by Ed Spielman
Starring
Narrated by Richard Anderson
Composer(s) Jeff Danna
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Sloan
Producer(s)
  • Gavin Mitchell
  • Susan Murdoch
  • John Hackett
Running time 44–46 minutes
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Prime Time Entertainment Network
Audio format Stereo
Original release January 27, 1993 (1993-01-27) – January 1, 1997 (1997-01-01)

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues is an American-Canadian action/crime drama series and sequel to the original 1972–1975 television series Kung Fu. While the original Kung Fu series was set in the American old west, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues was set in modern times. It starred David Carradine and Chris Potter as a father and son trained in kung fu – Carradine playing a Shaolin monk, Potter a police detective.[1][2] This series aired in syndication for four seasons, from January 27, 1993 to January 1, 1997, and was broadcast in over 70 countries. Filming took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[3] Reruns of the show have been aired on TNT.

The show was canceled when its producer, Prime Time Entertainment Network (also known as PTEN), ceased operations and no other network opted to continue the series.

Story[edit]

Like his grandfather and namesake from the original TV series, Kwai Chang Caine is a Shaolin priest who walked out of the past. Caine was the head of a temple in Northern California, where his son Peter (Nathaniel Moreau, later Robert Bednarski) also lived and studied, until the temple was destroyed in a fire caused by a renegade priest who believed the priests would serve better as mercenaries. After the destruction of the temple, each believed the other had perished and went on their separate ways; Caine wandered and traveled, much as his grandfather had, while Peter became a foster child and eventually a police officer. The series begins when Caine comes to fictional Sloanville and ends up in a Chinatown section, where Peter's precinct is, and they are reunited after being separated for 15 years.

Cast[edit]

  • David Carradine – Kwai Chang Caine, Matthew Caine
  • Chris Potter – Det. Peter Caine
  • Kim Chan – Lo Si (The Ancient) / Ping Hai
  • Robert Lansing – Capt. Paul Blaisdell (Season 1 and 2)
  • Kate Trotter – Capt. Karen Simms (Season 3 and 4)
  • Scott Wentworth – Det. Kermit Griffin (Season 2–4)
  • Nathaniel Moreau – Young Peter Caine (in flashbacks, Season 1–3)
  • Robert Bednarski – Younger Peter Caine (in flashbacks, Season 4)
  • Belinda Metz – Det. Jody Powell, Det. Kira Blakemore
  • Richard Anderson – Narrator (uncredited)
  • Rob Moses – Master Khan
  • Sandey Grinn – Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Kincaid (Season 3 and 4)

Notable guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues lasted four seasons with a total of 88 episodes. The pilot episode, "Initiation," was presented as a two-parter. It established the main characters and introduced many of the concepts that are seen throughout the series. As with the rest of the series, much of the storytelling was done through flashbacks.

Season 1[edit]

  • 1.1 Initiation: Part 1
  • 1.2 Initiation: Part 2
  • 1.3 Shadow Assassin
  • 1.4 Sunday at the Hotel with George
  • 1.5 Sacred Trust
  • 1.6 Force of Habit
  • 1.7 Pai Gow
  • 1.8 Challenge
  • 1.9 Disciple
  • 1.10 Rain's Only Friend
  • 1.11 Secret Place
  • 1.12 Dragon's Eye
  • 1.13 Blind Eye
  • 1.14 The Lacquered Box
  • 1.15 Illusion
  • 1.16 Straitjacket
  • 1.17 Reunion
  • 1.18 Dragonswing
  • 1.19 Shaman
  • 1.20 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
  • 1.21 Redemption: Part 1
  • 1.22 Redemption: Part 2

Season 2[edit]

  • 2.1 Return of the Shadow Assassin
  • 2.2 May I Ride with You
  • 2.3 Dragon's Daughter
  • 2.4 An Ancient Lottery
  • 2.5 Laurie's Friend
  • 2.6 Temple
  • 2.7 Only the Strong Survive
  • 2.8 Out of the Woods
  • 2.9 Tournament
  • 2.10 The Bardo
  • 2.11 The Possessed
  • 2.12 Warlord
  • 2.13 The Innocent
  • 2.14 Magic Trick
  • 2.15 Aspects of the Soul
  • 2.16 Kundela
  • 2.17 The Gang of Three
  • 2.18 Sunday at the Museum with George
  • 2.19 Dragonswing II
  • 2.20 Sing Wah
  • 2.21 Enter the Tiger
  • 2.22 Retribution

Season 3[edit]

  • 3.1 Rite of Passage
  • 3.2 Plague
  • 3.3 May I Walk with You
  • 3.4 The Return of Sing Ling
  • 3.5 Manhunt
  • 3.6 Gunfighters (featuring the original Caine and Cheyenne Bodie.)
  • 3.7 A Chinatown Murder Mystery: The Case of the Poison Hand
  • 3.8 Target
  • 3.9 Citizen Caine
  • 3.10 Quake!
  • 3.11 Goodbye, Mr. Caine
  • 3.12 The Sacred Chalice of I Ching
  • 3.13 Eye Witness
  • 3.14 Demons
  • 3.15 Deadly Fashion
  • 3.16 Cruise Missiles
  • 3.17 The Promise
  • 3.18 Flying Fists of Fury II: Masters of Illusion
  • 3.19 Banker's Hours
  • 3.20 Kung Fu Blues
  • 3.21 Brotherhood of the Bell
  • 3.22 Destiny

Season 4[edit]

  • 4.1 Dark Vision
  • 4.2 The First Temple
  • 4.3 Circle of Light
  • 4.4 Prism
  • 4.5 Black Widow
  • 4.6 Shaolin Shot
  • 4.7 Phoenix
  • 4.8 Special Forces
  • 4.9 Dragon's Lair
  • 4.10 Veil of Tears
  • 4.11 Chill Ride
  • 4.12 Escape
  • 4.13 Who is Kwai Chang Caine?
  • 4.14 Storm Warning
  • 4.15 A Shaolin Treasure
  • 4.16 Dark Side of the Chi
  • 4.17 Ancient Love
  • 4.18 Blackout
  • 4.19 Time Prisoners
  • 4.20 A Shaolin Christmas
  • 4.21 May I Walk With You
  • 4.22 Requiem

DVD releases[edit]

On May 27, 2014, Warner Bros. released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time in the USA only not Canada, via their Warner Archive Collection.[4] Season 2 was released on August 18, 2015.[5]

DVD name Ep # Release date
The Complete First Season 22 May 27, 2014
The Complete Second Season 22 August 18, 2015

International broadcasters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV REVIEWS : Carradine Kicks In With New 'Kung Fu'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Retro : Kung Fu: Alive and Kicking". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Storm (1993-01-27). "Still Alive and Kickin' David Carradine Is Back in "Kung Fu" – 150 Years Older and a Little Wiser". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  4. ^ Available Sooner (Now!) and Cheaper: 'The Complete 1st Season' DVDs
  5. ^ Early Info Provides Date and Cost for 'The Complete 2nd Season'

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