Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
|Kung Fu: The Legend Continues|
|Created by||Ed Spielman|
|Narrated by||Richard Anderson|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||88 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Michael Sloan|
|Running time||44–46 minutes|
|Production companies||Warner Bros. Distributing (Canada) Limited|
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution|
|Original network||Prime Time Entertainment Network|
|Original release||January 27, 1993 –|
January 1, 1997
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. The 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. 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 producer opted to continue the series.
Like his grandfather and namesake from the original series, Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) is a Shaolin priest who walked out of the past. Caine was the head of a temple in Northern California, where his son Peter (Chris Potter) also lived and studied, until the temple was destroyed in a fire caused by a renegade priest who believed the priests should serve 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 the Chinatown section of town, where Peter's precinct is located, and they are reunited after 15 years.
- David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, Matthew Caine
- Chris Potter as Det. Peter Caine
- Kim Chan as Lo Si (The Ancient) / Ping Hai
- Robert Lansing as Capt. Paul Blaisdell (Season 1 and 2)
- Kate Trotter as Capt. Karen Simms (Season 3 and 4)
- Scott Wentworth as Det. Kermit Griffin (Season 2–4)
- Nathaniel Moreau as Young Peter Caine (in flashbacks, Season 1–3)
- Robert Bednarski as Younger Peter Caine (in flashbacks, Season 4)
- Belinda Metz as Det. Jody Powell, Det. Kira Blakemore
- Richard Anderson as Narrator (uncredited)
- Rob Moses as Master Khan
- Sandey Grinn as Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Kincaid (Season 3 and 4)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||January 27, 1993||December 1, 1993|
|2||22||January 26, 1994||November 30, 1994|
|3||22||January 25, 1995||November 29, 1995|
|4||22||January 31, 1996||January 1, 1997|
|DVD name||Ep #||Release date|
|The Complete First Season||22||May 27, 2014|
|The Complete Second Season||22||August 18, 2015|
The first season was released in Germany on DVD in 2009.
- Sri Lanka – Sirasa TV
- Philippines – RPN Channel 9
- Canada – First-run syndication
- USA – PTEN
- Hungary – RTL Klub
- Indonesia – RCTI
- Poland – Polsat, TVN, TVN 7
- Czech Republic – ČT1
- Germany – PRO 7, Kabel 1
- Mexico – Televisa
- Brazil – SBT
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- Available Sooner (Now!) and Cheaper: 'The Complete 1st Season' DVDs Archived 2014-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Early Info Provides Date and Cost for 'The Complete 2nd Season' Archived 2015-03-11 at the Wayback Machine