Kung Fu: Season 1

Kung Fu: Season 1

Kung Fu: Season 1

Martial arts series, based on the David Carradine-starring 1970s classic of the same name. Follows a young Chinese-American woman who returns to the US after time in a Chinese monastery, where she uses her skills and Shaolin values to protect the community from crime and corruption. 

2021USAWarner Bros.
ActionAdventureMartial Arts

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
3 June 2021

Pilot

A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen, to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco,... MORE she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption. Nicky will rely on her friends and family as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the ruthless assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling and is now targeting her.

EPISODE 1.2
10 June 2021

Silence

When adjusting to life back at home doesn’t go as planned, Nicky turns to Henry for help in her hunt for Zhilan. Meanwhile, as Jin looks forward to life getting back to normal, Mei-Li isn’t... MORE as optimistic. Finally, after lending a hand to a young woman in need, Nicky finds the mental clarity she desperately needs.

EPISODE 1.3
17 June 2021

Patience

Nicky and Henry follow a lead involving a professor who may be able to help in their search for Zhilan. Meanwhile, as Althea's past comes back to haunt her, a squabble between Jin and Mei-Li... MORE points to bigger issues in their marriage. Elsewhere, Nicky steps in to help a young worker after learning of some suspicious activity happening at King Kwong's garment factory.

EPISODE 1.4

Hand

Expected arrival: 24 June 2021 

As Nicky and Henry follow a new lead that brings them to a private collector in Napa, a tension-filled dinner with the Soong's leaves Althea to question her worth. Elsewhere, Evan's suspicions about Henry continue to grow.

EPISODE 1.5

Sanctuary

Expected arrival: 1 July 2021 

An officer-involved shooting in Chinatown sends shockwaves through the community. Mei-Li and Jin are forced to revisit a traumatic experience from their past. Nicky and Henry make a startling discovery about the weapons.

EPISODE 1.6

Rage

Expected arrival: 8 July 2021 

When the retrieval of a weapon doesn't go as planned, Nicky takes matters into her own hands; Jin takes Mei-Li on a surprise date; Althea finds herself faced with an ultimatum.

EPISODE 1.7

Guidance

Expected arrival: 15 July 2021 

After learning some devastating news about Pei-Ling, Nicky attempts to keep herself distracted by offering to help a young woman in need; Zhilan Confronts her past; Mei-Lei makes a startling confession.

EPISODE 1.8

Destiny

Expected arrival: 22 July 2021 

Nicky and the Shens deal with the fallout after a family secret comes to light; Althea prepares for her bachelorette party.

EPISODE 1.9

Isolation

To learn more about her family history, Nicky follows a lead that brings her, Henry and Evan to a quiet town in Canada. Zhilan joins forces with Kerwin Tan, and Jin and Mei-Li find themselves... MORE at a crossroads.

EPISODE 1.10

Choice

Nicky offers to help Evan when the case he's working on takes a turn. Ryan decides to officially introduce Joe as his boyfriend to his parents. Zhilan and Kerwin receive a surprise visitor.

Kung Fu: Season 1 / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Features high-flying action papering over a melodramatic script.

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Variety

Variety

[There's] an amount of complexity and sophistication that one might not necessarily expect from a network action series.

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CNN

CNN

It might be worth sticking around for a couple more to see whether the mythological aspects actually blossom into something more than the premiere suggests.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The cast is attractive and committed; the storyline has multiple avenues to pursue; Ms. Liang can carry the show.

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IGN

IGN

The actual fight work doesn't exactly stand out, but Olivia Liang's Nicky is a formidable and fun hero who's worth following.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

There are caveats upon caveats to "Kung Fu," but despite all of its quirks, the show has potential, and with a tighter focus on its characters Nicky's adventures to defend her community could be worth the investment.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

If a pilot is your opportunity to establish premise and put your best resources forward, Kung Fu is a mixed bag anyway.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Based on the opening hour, and the obvious, almost arbitrary B-movie plotting of its ordinary criminal plotlines, one suspects the series will fare better the more mystical its mysteries become.

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Vulture

Vulture

It wouldn't be a CW show without a classic love triangle - and Kung Fu has set up a brilliant one.

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Decider

Decider

There's more than enough to like about it to recommend it.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Its light and affectionate portrait of Asian American family life feels both heartening and right for this moment.

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