The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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 Kwai Chang Caine / ... (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Young Caine (48 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Master Po (48 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Master Kan (40 episodes, 1972-1975)
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Kwai Chang Caine is a Shaolin Monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emperor's nephew after that coward killed his teacher in cold blood with a gun. He flees to America both to escape retaliation and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land. However, in his travels in the wild west, he can not help but continually run into trouble from desperados and other ruffians as they oppress the innocent, while bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has his skill of Kung-fu martial arts which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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22 February 1972 (USA)  »

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The only reason this show went off the air was because star David Carradine quit the series. He had sustained so many injuries, he felt he could not go on. The show got high ratings all three seasons it aired. See more »

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In opening sequence (during pole fighting/training) a view of the surrounding hills shows a 50kV electrical tower (something that was not in China in that era). See more »

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Referenced in Law & Order: Castoff (1998) See more »

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This series taught you how to live.
19 April 1999 | by (Springfield, IL) – See all my reviews

Kung Fu is chinese for Teacher. I realize that a lot of viewers tuned in for the kicks. But I was more interested in the lessons on how to live your life in balance. Each week Caine would be given a new problem to deal with, and through flash-backs to his shaolin masters he would be reminded of how to deal with each situation with the use of Taoism. When one reads the Tao te Ching it is hard to relate much of it to contemporary life, but Kung Fu was like a sunday school lession for Taoists. I loved it and never missed one. I also have the pilot movie and the entire series on tape. One more thing, I also enjoyed it when he kicked the crap out of the bad guys.


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