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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ...  Sammo Law 44 episodes, 1998-2000
Kelly Hu ...  Chen Pei Pei 44 episodes, 1998-2000
Arsenio Hall ...  Terrell Parker 36 episodes, 1998-2000
Tom Wright ...  Capt. Benjamin Winship 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Louis Mandylor ...  Det. Louis Malone 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Gretchen Egolf ...  Amy Dylan 22 episodes, 1999-2000
Melissa Weing Melissa Weing ...  Det / ... 22 episodes, 1998-1999
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Storyline

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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Action

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

26 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Martial Law See more »

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Runtime:

(44 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After season 2, CBS offered Sammo Hung a third season, but Hung said he would not do it without a final say on scripts, claiming that the new screenwriter CBS assigned to the show for season 2 made him nothing but a fighting machine. An article in the magazine Black Belt mentions that due to the $2 million cost of production per episode the show was cancelled. See more »

Goofs

When pistols are fired there are no movement of the weapons slides. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Benjamin Winship: I know you really want to nail these guys, but getting involved in Cassie's trucking business is just pushing it, Sammo. Both you guys could have been killed.
Sammo Law: Sometimes to catch the bad guys, you have to think outside of the box.
Capt. Benjamin Winship: Wait a minute. What idiot told you that?
Sammo Law: You did. The same day you gave me this badge.
Capt. Benjamin Winship: Uh, yeah.
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Crazy Credits

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Featured in Target Presents CBS Sneak Peek (1998) See more »

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Worth watching for Sammo's martial arts; good comedy as well as drama.
29 December 1998 | by Wolfie-9See all my reviews

"Martial Law" is your standard cop show in one way - the actual "cop stuff" is the usual nonsense you can see anywhere on TV, the "same old same old" which makes real cops wince. What makes this show worth watching is the incredible martial arts prowess of the cast - especially Sammo Hung. Just like Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat, Sammo trained at the Peking Opera School, which makes for a unique - and often funny - style of martial arts. The entire cast works well together, and they can all actually *act* - unlike a certain 'Texas Ranger' who comes on after this show. Lots of comedy in this show - they don't (usually) go for the cheap "Chinaman in America" jokes, and they actually seem to remember what they've done from one show to the next. All of the martial arts used on the set are real - Sammo, obviously, is an expert, and Louis Mandylor ("Louis") is trained in "muy thai" (Thai kickboxing), while Tammy Lauren ("Dana") is a black belt in Karate [I haven't heard a real reason for her departure], and Kellu Hu ("Grace / Pei Pei") is a brown belt in Karate. Tom Wright ("Lt. Winship") is a former stuntman, and does his own stunts in the show as well. And, just as with Jackie Chan's movies, at the end of every episode they have a brief "outtakes" section, showing some of the goofs that occured during the filming of the episode.

Good acting, decent plots, and plenty of kick-butt action, as well as many comedic moments (Sammo playing "Smoke On The Water" on the guitar...) make this a show to watch.


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