Martial Law (1998–2000)

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A Shanghai cop who is a master of martial arts fights crime in the Los Angeles Police Dept.


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Series cast summary:
 Sammo Law (44 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Chen Pei Pei (44 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Terrell Parker (36 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Amy Dylan (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Capt. Benjamin Winship (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Det. Louis Malone (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Melissa Weing ...
 Det / ... (22 episodes, 1998-1999)


Sammo Law, a top flight cop and hand to hand combat instructor from Shanghai, China comes to Los Angeles to search for a crime boss and a female undercover cop whom his department lost contact with. Once there, his temporary mission is turned into an ongoing exchange position and he is partnered with a pair of cops. As they battle the criminal elements of the city, his skill in martial arts proves to be a big help. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Comedy | Crime | Action


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Release Date:

26 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le flic de Shanghai  »

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(44 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's first starring role as well as his first English-speaking role in an American production. See more »


Sammo Law: [on hiking in the woods] Be careful where you step or you will fall into a trap. It is an old trick in Japan.
Terrell Parker: Fine. If we're hiking in Japan, I'll remember that. But we're in LA now and the only thing you can get out here is tetnus from stepping on a rusty na...
[falls into a trap]
Sammo Law: I tried to tell you. Why didn't you listen to me?
Terrell Parker: I don't know! I feel like Charleton Heston in 'Planet of the Apes' and believe me, no black man wants to be Charleton Heston!
See more »

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Bloopers play before each episode's closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Fairly Legal: Shine a Light (2012) See more »

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Great stunts but story lacks attention to details
14 December 1998 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

It's great to see Sammo performing stunts in his own show. It's neat that he has made references to training in the Peking Opera and his bouts with the police martial arts instructor provides a good mix of action and comic relief. With the addition of Arsenio Hall the show has gotten better although Arsenio needs to act more like himself than Chris Tucker from Rush Hour.

While you can't always expect a solid story in a stunt show, if the script editors were more thorough they would catch some of the many flaws in each episode. For example: In one episode Sammo and Louis are searching an apartment and Sammo announces where one of the occupants is from. Louis thinks Sammo has used some kind of Chinese detective methods to conclude this but Sammo matter-of-factly states that he read it off the luggage tags. The flaw here is that later in the story we find out that the owner of the luggage flew in on private plane and that would mean no luggage tags would have been issued.

Guest appearances with Jackie Chan or Yuen Biao would be great for the viewers who know the connection between them.

I look forward to this show every week for its action, humor, and foreign flavor. I hope that it can continue to strengthen its cast and story to ensure many more seasons of success!

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