List of Kung Fu episodes

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This is a list of episodes for the television series Kung Fu:

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1972–73)[edit]

No. Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
0 "Kung Fu: The Way of the Tiger, The Sign of the Dragon" Jerry Thorpe Ed Spielman & Howard Friedlander February 22, 1972 (1972-02-22)
Caine, the Shaolin priest, begins his journey in contention with a railroad boss. Flashbacks reveal his Shaolin beginnings.
1 "King of the Mountain" Jerry Thorpe Herman Miller October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)
Caine finds work with a widowed ranch woman and also finds he has romantic feelings for her. But the arrival of a bounty hunter (John Saxon) and the likelihood that others will follow cast an ominous shadow on their love. Winner of the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama (to Herman Miller)[1]
2 "Dark Angel" Jerry Thorpe Herman Miller November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)
Caine shows a recently blinded preacher, Serenity Johnson (John Carradine), how to rely on his other senses. Serenity, in turn, uses his new awareness to persuade Caine's closed-minded grandfather to accept the wandering monk.
3 "Blood Brother" Jerry Thorpe Herman Miller January 18, 1973 (1973-01-18)
Caine refuses to leave Kilgore, Arizona until he discovers what has happened to his Shaolin friend.
4 "An Eye for an Eye" Jerry Thorpe John Furia, Jr. January 25, 1973 (1973-01-25)
A southern family seeks vengeance against the yankee soldier who raped and impregnated their daughter, setting in motion an escalating cycle of violence that Caine may be powerless to stop. Winner of 2 Emmy Awards: (1) Best Director (Jerry Thorpe) and (2) Best Cinematography Jack Woolf.[2]
5 "The Tide" Walter Doniger A. Martin Zweiback February 1, 1973 (1973-02-01)
A man with a price on his head can spark a lot of ambitions. A woman wants to capture Caine so she can offer him to the Chinese government in exchange for her imprisoned father, a dissident author, while a killer hiding behind a badge simply wants to get rich.
6 "The Soul Is the Warrior" Richard Lang Ron Bishop February 8, 1973 (1973-02-08)
Caine's quest to meet his half-brother Danny leads him to a ranch where his sibling once worked and plunges the priest into a confrontation where he proves his mettle by walking through a pit of rattlesnakes.
7 "Nine Lives" Allen Reisner Herb Meadow February 15, 1973 (1973-02-15)
After the death of a mining camp's feline mascot, Caine and an Irish gold prospector embark on a trek to find a new cat – a journey that ultimately has the pair trapped at the bottom of a rapidly filling well.
8 "Sun and Cloud Shadow" Robert Butler Halsted Welles February 22, 1973 (1973-02-22)
Caine brokers a settlement between a landowner and Chinese miners, but the landowner adds an unacceptable condition to the deal. A karate master intends to capture Caine.
9 "Chains" Robert Butler Gene L. Coon March 8, 1973 (1973-03-08)
Imprisoned in an army outpost, Caine escapes – chained to his hulking, mountain-man cellmate…and pursued by a relentless sergeant determined to recapture them both.
10 "Alethea" John Badham William Kelley March 15, 1973 (1973-03-15)
Jodie Foster guest-stars as a young girl Caine befriends, whose eyewitness testimony leads to the priest being tried for murder… and sentenced to death by hanging.
11 "The Praying Mantis Kills" Charles S. Dubin Richard Lewin March 22, 1973 (1973-03-22)
Murderous thugs come looking for Caine after he identifies them as perpetrators of a bank robbery. A youth's ideas of what it means to be a man are challenged by Caine's quiet heroics.
12 "Superstition" Charles S. Dubin Ed Waters/Dave Moessinger April 5, 1973 (1973-04-05)
Walls imprison the men unjustly sentenced to work as miners at a brutal labor camp. Yet an even greater barrier holds them captive: fear of the camps ancient Indian curse. But Caine knows no such fear.
13 "The Stone" Robert Butler A. Martin Zweiback April 12, 1973 (1973-04-12)
A Brazilian skilled in the capoeira fighting style of his homeland accuses Caine of stealing a diamond. Street urchins offer Caine their savings of $4.08 if he'll kill an Armenian saloon piano player who jilted their mother.
14 "The Third Man" Charles S. Dubin Robert Lewin April 26, 1973 (1973-04-26)
Lucky at cards, unlucky in life. A gambler on a hot streak entrusts his winnings to Caine. But the money is soon stolen, the gambler is killed, and Caine seeks answers to the mysteries surrounding both events.
15 "The Ancient Warrior" Robert Butler A. Martin Zweiback May 3, 1973 (1973-05-03)
Ancient Warrior (Chief Dan George), an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land, But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory.

Season 2 (1973–74)[edit]

  • PC = Production code
No.[3] Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate PC [3]
16 "The Well" Jerry Thorpe Kittridge Barton September 27, 1973 (1973-09-27) 166201
Sickened by tainted water, Caine recovers at the farm of an ex-slave (Hal Williams) who has a working well – but whose embittered spirit keeps him from sharing the water with his drought-stricken neighbors.
17 "The Assassin" Richard Lang Spooner Glass,
Dan Ullman
October 4, 1973 (1973-10-04) 166202
A long-festering blood feud keeps young lovers from hostile families apart…and puts Caine on a showdown course with a murderous ninja employed by one of the families.
18 "The Chalice" Jerry Thorpe William Kelley October 11, 1973 (1973-10-11) 166203
Caine promises a dying priest (Victor Millan) that he will return the liturgical chalice the priest stole, plunging the Shaolin into conflict with covetous thugs…and sparking Caine's recall of events that followed Master Po's death.
19 "The Brujo" Richard Lang Kathryn Terry,
Michael S. Michaelian
October 25, 1973 (1973-10-25) 166204
A powerful male witch paralyzes a small town with fear and earth. But Caine, drawing on the experience gained when he fell under a sorcerer's sway while he was a boy, knows how to fight evil. With Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., as Esteban, Benson Fong as Sorcerer Liu, Henry Darrow as Don Emilio Fierro, and Keye Luke as Master Po
20 "The Squawman" John Llewellyn Moxey Arthur Dales November 1, 1973 (1973-11-01) 166206
Marcus is welcome…as long as the townsfolk don't also have to welcome his Indian wife. But Caine helps hard luck Marcus to see there's much more to self-worth than the whiskey and approval of others.
21 "The Spirit-helper" Walter Doniger John T. Dugan November 8, 1973 (1973-11-08) 166205
Is Caine the answer to a young Indian brave's prayer? The youth is convinced Caine is his Spirit Guide as the two set out to rescue the boy's kidnapped mother. With Don Johnson.
22 "The Salamander" Richard Lang Del Reisman December 6, 1973 (1973-12-06) 166207
Caine seeks work in a mining boomtown gone bust and becomes a confidant to a mentally troubled youth…and a target in a claim jumper's treachery. Co-stars Ed Flanders.
23 "The Tong" Robert Totten Robert Schlitt November 15, 1973 (1973-11-15) 166208
Slave child Wing flees his master and is sheltered by Caine and a missionary woman, leading to a confrontation between the Shaolin priest and Chinese crime lords who demand the return of the boy.
24 "The Soldier" Richard Lang Ed Waters November 29, 1973 (1973-11-29) 166209
His duty is to shoot to kill when so ordered. But a cavalry lieutenant (Tim Matheson) unable to take a life finds another way to prove his heroism after he falls under the influence of a fugitive he captures – a fugitive named Caine.
25 "The Hoots" Robert Totten Lionel E. Siegel December 13, 1973 (1973-12-13) 166210
Members of the peaceful Hutterite religious sect offer no resistance when persecuted by bigoted cattlemen ... until they learn from Caine that, like the chameleon, they can change and yet remain the same.
26 "The Elixir" Walter Doniger A. Martin Zweiback December 20, 1973 (1973-12-20) 166211
Caine rescues the hawkers of the cure-all Theodora's Elixir from a hostile crowd, earning the come-hither gratitude of Theodora and the resentment of her jealous male partner.
27 "The Gunman" Richard Lang Robert Lewin January 3, 1974 (1974-01-03) 166212
The nature of love is explored in this tale of a gunslinger whose quick-draw defense of Caine and a ranch widow makes him the object of a posse's search ... and the victim of an itchy-fingered bounty hunter.
28 "Empty Pages of a Dead Book" John Llewellyn Moxey Charles A. McDaniel January 10, 1974 (1974-01-10) 166213
A son tries to honor his deceased Texas Ranger father by bringing to justice the criminals the lawman had listed in a book. But good intentions based on wrong premises lead to trouble for the son ... and for Caine. With Robert Foxworth and Slim Pickens.
29 "A Dream Within a Dream" Richard Lang John T. Dugan January 17, 1974 (1974-01-17) 166214
Caine reports that he saw a corpse hanging in a marsh. But no one in town believes Caine's report, and no body is subsequently found – yet the town's populace is mysteriously on edge. With Tina Louise and John Drew Barrymore.
30 "The Way of Violence Has No Mind" Lee Philips David Michael Korn January 24, 1974 (1974-01-24) 166215
A Chinese immigrant gang that has adopted the violent ways of the American outlaw is challenged by the physical and spiritual strength of Caine. Note: Caine's wardrobe changes from a brown shirt to a saffron yellow shirt to commemorate the passing of Bruce Lee.[4]
31 "In Uncertain Bondage" Richard Lang Abe Polsky,
Ed Waters
February 7, 1974 (1974-02-07) 166216
When Caine and a Southern belle are held captive in a deep pit by kidnappers that include the woman's servants, it prompts his recall of lessons from Master Kan about the server and the served.
32 "Night of the Owls, Day of the Doves" John Llewellyn Moxey Ed Waters February 14, 1974 (1974-02-14) 166217
Land bequeathed to brothel prostitutes will help them build new lives if vengeful cattlemen don't seize the land. Caine defends the women ... and also rights a long-ago wrong done by the Shaolin priesthood.
33 "Crossties" Richard Lang Robert Schmitt February 21, 1974 (1974-02-21) 166218
Caine is the man in-between during a land-rights war between farmers and railroad security agents, trying to persuade farmers to accept an offer of amnesty ... and trying to stop agents from using amnesty as a trap. With Harrison Ford.
34 "The Passion of Chen Yi" John Llewellyn Moxey John T. Dugan February 28, 1974 (1974-02-28) 166219
Unable to visit a wrongly jailed ex-Shaolin disciple, Caine commits a crime so that he can be put behind bars near him – and perhaps both right an old misunderstanding and help free the ex-Shaolin
35 "Arrogant Dragon" Richard Lang Kathryn & Michael Michaelian March 14, 1974 (1974-03-14) 166220
Judgment is clear: Wu Chang must take his own life or face death at the hands of a Tong executioner. But Caine contemplates a third option, one that can help Wu Chang fake his death and escape the Tong terror.
36 "The Nature of Evil" Robert Michael Lewis Gerald Sanford March 21, 1974 (1974-03-21) 166221
An ominous killer holds the town of Nineveh in his evil grip, and only fearless but aged blind preacher Serenity Johnson (John Carradine) and his devoted friend Caine dare to confront him.
37 "The Cenotaph (Part 1)" Richard Lang William Kelley April 4, 1974 (1974-04-04) 166222
A mad mountain man, Logan McBurney, hijacks the armored gold transport Old Ironsides to haul the enormous box that he says contains his wife. As Caine rides with him, the eccentric Scotsman's devotion prompts priestly memories. In flashbacks to China, Caine falls in love for the first time.
38 "The Cenotaph (Part 2)" Richard Lang William Kelley April 11, 1974 (1974-04-11) 166223
Caine resolves his adventures with McBurney and -- in flashbacks to China -- a marathon kung fu battle with a warlord to win a concubine's (Nancy Kwan) heart.

Season 3 (1974–75)[edit]

Episodes are listed here in the order that they were produced. There is a continuity problem in this season. Caine's yellow shirt becomes tattered in "The Garments of Rage" (11/08/1974) and he wears a new white shirt with a black jacket at the end of episodes; however, the yellow shirt reappears untattered in "The Vanishing Image" (12/20/1974).

  • PC = Production code
No.[5] Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate PC [5]
39 "Cry of the Night Beast" Richard Lang Ed Waters October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19) 166251
In the Old West, Caine hears the sound of a baby crying in a babbling brook and feels compelled to protect the life of a lone buffalo calf separated from its mother, remembering the time when he was a boy in the Shaolin temple when he could hear the cry of a child before it was born. Meanwhile, bounty hunters close in on him.
40 "My Brother, My Executioner" Jerry Thorpe John T. Dugan October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12) 166252
Kwai Chang is not the only one looking for Danny Caine. Gunfighters say Danny is the best quick-draw fighter around ... and they're eager to match their deadly skills against his.
41 "This Valley of Terror" Harry Harris Katharyn Michaelian September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28) 166253
Caine comes across a young woman (Sondra Locke) escaped from a mental ward. He recognizes her affliction as true visions and accompanies her on a quest to discover the source of her torment.
42 "A Small Beheading" Richard Lang Eugene Price September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21) 166254
A sea captain (William Shatner) presents Caine with a pardon from the Emperor that will allow the priest to return to China if Caine agrees to submit to a small punishment: the removal of a fingertip.
43 "The Predators" Harry Harris Lloyd Richards and Ed Waters October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) 166255
Caine travels with two unlikely companions: a witness who can clear him of a criminal charge ... and a wounded Apache warrior eager to kill the witness.
44 "The Vanishing Image" Barry Crane Gustave Field December 20, 1974 (1974-12-20) 166256
Caine finds a photographer (Lew Ayres) who may be able to identify his brother Danny in a group photo and an Indian (Tom Nardini) who wants to kill the photographer for stealing his spirit. The photographer reminds Caine of a man (Benson Fong) he knew in China who made beautiful mosaics from broken pieces of pottery. Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series to Lew Ayres
45 "Blood of the Dragon (Part One)" Richard Lang John T. Dugan September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) 166257
Caine returns to his grandfather's town to see him, but too late. The old man has been murdered and Caine will not leave town until he identifies the killer, even though Chinese martial arts experts bent on revenge are on his trail. Patricia Neal and Eddie Albert guest star.
46 "Blood of the Dragon (Part Two)" Richard Lang John T. Dugan September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) 166258
Caine faces two formidable foes: a remorseless, iron-willed woman who was once his grandfather's lover and three highly trained Chinese warriors, one of whom knows how to summon forth demon fighters.
47 "The Demon God" David Carradine George Clayton Johnson and David Michael Korn December 13, 1974 (1974-12-13) 166259
In China, a prince (Brian Tochi) poisons young Caine in order to discover what it's like to journey into death, causing the Shaolin novice to experience mysterious visions of himself in the American West.
48 "The Devil's Champion" Robert Michael Lewis Katharyn and Michael Michaelian November 1, 1974 (1974-11-01) 166260
In China, a champion challenges Master Kan in ritual combat to the death. Master Po, sensing an evil power supporting the champion, sends Caine to confront the devil in the palace.
49 "The Garments of Rage" Marc Daniels Theodore Apstein November 8, 1974 (1974-11-08) 166261
Caine begins working on a railroad team that is plagued by a saboteur. The saboteur is revealed to be Master Lee, angry with the railroad for the death of his nephew. Note: At the end of this episode, Caine's costume changes from the yellow shirt to a white shirt and a black jacket.
50 "Besieged – Part One: Death on a Cold Mountain" David Carradine William Kelley November 15, 1974 (1974-11-15) 166262
In China, a woman (Barbara Hershey) wishes to become a member of the Shaolin in order to escape marriage to a cruel warlord. She is given shelter at the temple and runs up against strong resistance.
51 "Besieged – Part Two: Cannon at the Gates" David Carradine William Kelley and David Michael Korn November 22, 1974 (1974-11-22) 166263
In China, enemy forces threaten the temple from outside its walls. A saboteur threatens from within. And Nan Chi (Barbara Hershey), the woman who wishes to join the Shaolin group, tries to resolve the crisis alone.
52 "A Lamb to the Slaughter" Harry Harris Robert Specht and David Michael Korn January 11, 1975 (1975-01-11) 166264
Caine finds the son (Alejandro Rey) of a man who died saving his father from a robber. Caine offers to fulfill his obligation with work, but he asks Caine to teach him how to fight the man (Joe Santos) exacting tribute from his village.
53 "One Step to Darkness" Gerald Sanford Robert Sherman and Theodore Apstein January 25, 1975 (1975-01-25) 166265
Caine's attempt to help a drug abuser plunges him into an interior world where he must combat a fierce demon of his own creation.
54 "The Thief of Chendo" Harry Harris Simon Muntner March 29, 1975 (1975-03-29) 166266
Under Master Po's guidance, young Caine imagines what life as a priest will be like, envisioning an adventure involving a thief and a princess who fall in love.
55 "Battle Hymn" Barry Crane Herman Miller February 8, 1975 (1975-02-08) 166267
A bounty hunter falls from his horse and dies while pursueing Caine. Caine buries the man, collects his things, and sets out to return them to his widow. Along the way, he joins two musicians (José Feliciano and Cannonball Adderley) on a quest to find a mystical cave. It turns out that the bounty hunter's widow (Beverly Garland) and the local sheriff (Joe Maross) are all looking for the cave too and its rich lode of silver. Meanwhile Caine remembers his conversations with Master Po about his future life outside his temple. Note: Caine shaves his head early in this episode.
56 "The Forbidden Kingdom" Gordon Hessler Norman Katkov January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18) 166268
Caine must find a way out of China. His path to the Forbidden Kingdom (Tibet) is blocked by Po Li (Adele Yoshioka) who betrays him to an Imperial soldier (James Shigeta) in an attempt to secure her brother's (Clyde Kusatsu) release. He must flee to the United States instead. Note: Po Li will appear again as the mother of Caine's child in Kung Fu: The Movie (1986)
57 "The Last Raid" Alex Beaton John T. Dugan April 26, 1975 (1975-04-26) 166271
Caine is visiting the Brown family when their son and his friend are taken hostage by a Confederate raider who believes the war isn't over ... and that he may kidnap children in the name of honor.
58 "Ambush" Gordon Hessler Norman Katkov April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04) 166272
Serenity brings trouble. Blind preacher Serenity Johnson (John Carradine) returns, asking Caine to help him escort a shipment to San Francisco. What neither man knows is that the shipment is stolen silver bars. Rhonda Fleming guest stars.
59 "Barbary House" Marc Daniels Stephen and Elinor Karpf February 15, 1975 (1975-02-15) 166269
Caine is working for a fighter (Ji-Tu Cumbuka) in order to be near Danny's son, Zeke (John Blyth Barrymore). When Corbino (Leslie Nielsen) learns that Caine has fighting skills, he forces him into the ring.
60 "Flight to Orion" Harry Harris Stephen and Elinor Karpf March 1, 1975 (1975-03-01) 166270
Caine, Zeke (John Blyth Barrymore) and Zeke's mother (Lois Nettleton) travel to the city of Orion in search of Danny Caine. Corbino (Leslie Nielsen) has sent a search party out looking for them and Danny Caine. Along the way, they meet a station keeper (Don Keefer) who helps them, then betrays them; a rattlesnake; and an Indian who accuses Caine of stealing and sentences him to an ordeal. Zeke escapes and falls into the hands of Corbino.
61 "The Brothers Caine" Harry Harris Stephen and Elinor Karpf March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08) 166273
Corbino (Leslie Nielsen) tricks Zeke (John Blyth Barrymore) into revealing that his father Danny his hiding in Orion before Caine busts in and rescues him. Caine and Zeke arrive in Orion to find it overrun with bounty hunters searching including Bad Sam (Carl Weathers). Zeke meets his grandfather (John Vernon) and promises to return to San Francisco with him in exchange for $1000 which he gives to his foster mother (Joanna Moore) in exchange for his father's hiding place. Zeke gives the information to Caine before leaving with his grandfather. Caine finds Danny (Tim McIntire) hiding in the silver lode mine, but not before Sam has told Danny that a Chinese bounty hunter is coming after him.
62 "Full Circle" Marc Daniels Stephen and Elinor Karpf March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08) 166274
Kwai Chang and Danny Caine (Tim McIntire) avoid bounty hunters while traveling together to San Francisco to rescue Zeke (John Blyth Barrymore) from General Cantrell (John Vernon). Caine tries to persuade the General to release Zeke from his promise to live with him. The General refuses and conspires with Corbino (Leslie Nielsen) to kill Danny.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kung Fu Episode Guide: King of the Mountain". 
  2. ^ "Kung Fu Guide: An Eye for an Eye". 
  3. ^ a b "Kung Fu Guide Season 2". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. ^ Carradine, David (1991). Spirit of Shaolin. Charles E. Tuttle Co. p. 36. 
  5. ^ a b "Kung Fu Guide Season 3". Retrieved 2009-08-10. 

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