Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

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Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
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Created byEd Spielman
Starring
Narrated byRichard Anderson
Composer(s)Jeff Danna
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes88
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael Sloan
Producer(s)
  • Gavin Mitchell
  • Susan Murdoch
  • John Hackett
Running time44–46 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Distributing (Canada) Limited
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkPrime Time Entertainment Network
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 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] 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.[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 producer opted to continue the series.

Plot[edit]

Like his grandfather and namesake from the original 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 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.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • 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)

Guest cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1993)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1–21–2"Initiation: Parts 1 & 2"January 27, 1993 (1993-01-27)
33"Shadow Assassin"February 3, 1993 (1993-02-03)
44"Sunday at the Hotel with George"February 10, 1993 (1993-02-10)
55"Sacred Trust"February 17, 1993 (1993-02-17)
66"Force of Habit"February 24, 1993 (1993-02-24)
77"Pai Gow"March 3, 1993 (1993-03-03)
88"Challenge"March 10, 1993 (1993-03-10)
99"Disciple"March 17, 1993 (1993-03-17)
1010"Rain's Only Friend"March 31, 1993 (1993-03-31)
1111"Secret Place"April 7, 1993 (1993-04-07)
1212"Dragon's Eye"April 14, 1993 (1993-04-14)
1313"Blind Eye"May 5, 1993 (1993-05-05)
1414"The Lacquered Box"May 12, 1993 (1993-05-12)
1515"Illusion"May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19)
1616"Straitjacket"May 26, 1993 (1993-05-26)
1717"Reunion"October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)
1818"Dragonswing"November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)
1919"Shaman"November 10, 1993 (1993-11-10)
2020"I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"November 17, 1993 (1993-11-17)
2121"Redemption: Part 1"November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24)
2222"Redemption: Part 2"December 1, 1993 (1993-12-01)

Season 2 (1994)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
231"Return of the Shadow Assassin"January 26, 1994 (1994-01-26)
242"May I Ride with You"February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02)
253"Dragon's Daughter"February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09)
264"An Ancient Lottery"February 16, 1994 (1994-02-16)
275"Laurie's Friend"February 23, 1994 (1994-02-23)
286"Temple"March 2, 1994 (1994-03-02)
297"Only the Strong Survive"March 9, 1994 (1994-03-09)
308"Out of the Woods"March 16, 1994 (1994-03-16)
319"Tournament"April 20, 1994 (1994-04-20)
3210"The Bardo"April 27, 1994 (1994-04-27)
3311"The Possessed"May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04)
3412"Warlord"May 11, 1994 (1994-05-11)
3513"The Innocent"May 18, 1994 (1994-05-18)
3614"Magic Trick"May 25, 1994 (1994-05-25)
3715"Aspects of the Soul"October 12, 1994 (1994-10-12)
3816"Kundela"October 19, 1994 (1994-10-19)
3917"The Gang of Three"October 26, 1994 (1994-10-26)
4018"Sunday at the Museum with George"November 2, 1994 (1994-11-02)
4119"Dragonswing II"November 9, 1994 (1994-11-09)
4220"Sing Wah"November 16, 1994 (1994-11-16)
4321"Enter the Tiger"November 23, 1994 (1994-11-23)
4422"Retribution"November 30, 1994 (1994-11-30)

Season 3 (1995)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
451"Rite of Passage"January 25, 1995 (1995-01-25)
462"Plague"February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01)
473"May I Walk with You"February 8, 1995 (1995-02-08)
484"The Return of Sing Ling"February 15, 1995 (1995-02-15)
495"Manhunt"February 22, 1995 (1995-02-22)
506"Gunfighters"March 1, 1995 (1995-03-01)
Featuring the original Caine and Cheyenne Bodie.
517"A Chinatown Murder Mystery: The Case of the Poison Hand"April 26, 1995 (1995-04-26)
528"Target"May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03)
539"Citizen Caine"May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10)
5410"Quake!"May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17)
5511"Goodbye, Mr. Caine"May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24)
5612"The Sacred Chalice of I Ching"July 5, 1995 (1995-07-05)
5713"Eye Witness"July 26, 1995 (1995-07-26)
5814"Demons"October 4, 1995 (1995-10-04)
5915"Deadly Fashion"October 11, 1995 (1995-10-11)
6016"Cruise Missiles"October 18, 1995 (1995-10-18)
6117"The Promise"October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25)
6218"Flying Fists of Fury II: Masters of Illusion"November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01)
6319"Banker's Hours"November 8, 1995 (1995-11-08)
6420"Kung Fu Blues"November 15, 1995 (1995-11-15)
6521"Brotherhood of the Bell"November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)
6622"Destiny"November 29, 1995 (1995-11-29)

Season 4 (1996–97)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
671"Dark Vision"January 31, 1996 (1996-01-31)
682"The First Temple"February 7, 1996 (1996-02-07)
693"Circle of Light"February 14, 1996 (1996-02-14)
704"Prism"February 21, 1996 (1996-02-21)
715"Black Widow"February 28, 1996 (1996-02-28)
726"Shaolin Shot"April 24, 1996 (1996-04-24)
737"The Phoenix"May 1, 1996 (1996-05-01)
748"Special Forces"May 8, 1996 (1996-05-08)
759"Dragon's Lair"May 15, 1996 (1996-05-15)
7610"Veil of Tears22"May 1996 (1996-05)
7711"Chill Ride"October 2, 1996 (1996-10-02)
7812"Escape"October 9, 1996 (1996-10-09)
7913"Who Is Kwai Chang Caine?"October 16, 1996 (1996-10-16)
8014"Storm Warning"October 23, 1996 (1996-10-23)
8115"A Shaolin Treasure"October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
8216"Dark Side of the Chi"November 6, 1996 (1996-11-06)
8317"Ancient Love"November 13, 1996 (1996-11-13)
8418"Blackout"November 20, 1996 (1996-11-20)
8519"Time Prisoners"November 27, 1996 (1996-11-27)
8620"Requiem"December 4, 1996 (1996-12-04)
8721"A Shaolin Christmas"December 25, 1996 (1996-12-25)
8822"May I Talk with You"January 1, 1997 (1997-01-01)

Home 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 Archived 2014-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Early Info Provides Date and Cost for 'The Complete 2nd Season' Archived 2015-03-11 at the Wayback Machine

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