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The history of Kung Fu on television spans decades. Compare and contrast KF (2021) with them all, from the original series to Showtime's Warrior.  

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Some IMDB info:

The original Kung Fu series, starring David Carradine, aired for 3 seasons from 1972 to 1975.

The sequel series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, starring Carradine and Chris Potter, aired for four season from 1993 to 1997.


As a kid I remember watching The Legend Continues and Kung Fu in syndicated reruns, but I really don't remember much about them. It was always peculiar that it featured Chinese martial arts but the lead was white.


Also worth noting that this newest version seems to be the first (American) TV drama with majority Asian/Asian-American cast.

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Eastern philosophy was huge in the 60s/70s. I never saw KF:TOS in its original run but it was very popular with the guys and popular culture references. I did finally see it after watching KF:TLC. (TLC was one of my first online fandoms. 90s syndicated TV was the best.) Since it was filmed in Toronto, at least they were able to hire Asian actors for supporting roles. I did like the show but parts of it are painful to watch today.

It will be interesting to see what parts of the original premise they incorporate, if any. 


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This article explains some previous adaptations of Kung Fu, : 'Kung Fu: Inside The History of a Martial Arts Classic'

A few of those projects I'd never heard about.

From the article:


What’s more, Kung Fu is promoting itself as an Asian family drama which could fill a newly opened gap. Two wildly successful Asian family sitcoms just went off the air – ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat ended its six-season run in 2020 and Kim’s Convenience announced that their final episode after a five-season run will be April 13, 2021 (In the wake of Kim’s Convenience, CBC is launching a spinoff series, Strays, following the character of Shannon Ross, the only white actor credited in show’s opening). This leaves the door wide open for Kung Fu to capture fans of Asian family dramas. Plus it’s The CW, a network that thrives on soap opera-esque dramas. 


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