The BEST Episodes of Kung Fu

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

One Step to Darkness

#1 - One Step to Darkness

Season 3 - Episode 16

Caine tries helping the depressed wife of an Army sergeant, with a drug addiction, and winds up fighting an inner demon of his own creation.

star 8.62
8 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Gerald Sanford
My Brother, My Executioner

#2 - My Brother, My Executioner

Season 3 - Episode 6

Caine thinks he has found his brother, but he is really an imposter who is being pursued by a young gunfighter.

star 8.60
10 votes
Directors: Jerry Thorpe
Writers: John T. Dugan
The Garments of Rage

#3 - The Garments of Rage

Season 3 - Episode 9

Caine goes to work for a railroad which is being sabotaged, and meets a Shaolin priest he knew before.

star 8.57
7 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Theodore Apstein, Ed Waters, Herman Miller
The Vanishing Image

#4 - The Vanishing Image

Season 3 - Episode 13

Caine seeks out a photographer who took a picture of his brother, Danny, in hopes that he will be able to help find him. He also encounters and befriends an Indian that attacks him and the photographer, and later wants to kill the photographer for taking a picture of him, for which he believes has stolen his soul.

star 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Barry Crane
Writers: Gustave Field
Ambush

#5 - Ambush

Season 3 - Episode 23

Serenity Johnson, the blind preacher last seen in The Nature Of Evil, asks Caine to help escort him with a shipment to San Fransisco. What neither one of them knows is that stolen silver bars are hidden in the shipment, and people involved in the robbery are after them.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Alex Beaton
Writers: John T. Dugan
This Valley of Terror

#6 - This Valley of Terror

Season 3 - Episode 4

Caine helps a young woman who has visions of future events. They always come true and this terrifies her.

star 8.38
16 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Katharyn Michaelian, Michael Michaelian
The Cenotaph (2)

#7 - The Cenotaph (2)

Season 2 - Episode 23

Caine and Logan arrive at the Sioux burial ground, to bury what Caine believes is Logan's wife in a huge crate, and are confronted by angry Sioux warriors who feel they are trespassing. They must also deal with two robbers as well as the US Cavalry. Caine recalls his own love story, that like Logan's wife, ended tragically.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: William Kelley
Besieged (1): Death on Cold Mountain

#8 - Besieged (1): Death on Cold Mountain

Season 3 - Episode 10

A reclusive hermit, Tamo, arrives at the Honan monastery to inform them that the Tukien monastery was attacked and destroyed by a warlord with his cannon, and that he has survivors seeking refuge there. One of the survivors is a woman who wants to become a Shaolin monk. She later reveals the warlord wanted her to be his wife, and she fled. Now the warlord is preparing to attack the monastery and having his cannon brought there.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: David Carradine
Writers: William Kelly, Ed Waters, David Michael Korn
A Lamb to the Slaughter

#9 - A Lamb to the Slaughter

Season 3 - Episode 14

Caine meets the son of a man who died defending his father from muggers, and wants to repay him for his debt of honor by working for him. However, the man doesn't want work as payment but to learn how to fight, against a gang of bandits terrorizing the village he lives in.

star 8.30
10 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Robert Specht, David Michael Korn
Flight to Orion (2)

#10 - Flight to Orion (2)

Season 3 - Episode 19

Caine goes searching for Danny, with Danny's son and a woman Danny Jr. has found out is his mother, with riders pursuing them, and is forced into an Indian death match along the way.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Stephen Karpf, Elinor Karpf
The Thief of Chendo

#11 - The Thief of Chendo

Season 3 - Episode 22

Young Caine and Master Po imagine what it will be like when Caine leaves the temple, and in their dreams Caine is sent to deliver a ring to a Grand Duke by Master Po. Upon arriving at the palace, he is informed that the Duke is dead, but an old man from the Duke's palace delivers him a message that he is still alive. He is being imprisoned by his own cousin, who has taken control of the palace. Caine also meets a thief who falls in love with the Duke's daughter, who is to be married off, and they work together to free both the Duke and his daughter.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Bernard B. Bossick, Lary H. Gibson, Simon Muntner, Norman Katkov
Empty Pages of a Dead Book

#12 - Empty Pages of a Dead Book

Season 2 - Episode 13

The son of a deceased Texas Ranger tries to honor his memory by going after criminals his father kept a journal on. He finds more trouble than he expected and Caine must defend him.

star 8.19
16 votes
Writers: Charles A. McDaniel
The Passion of Chen Yi

#13 - The Passion of Chen Yi

Season 2 - Episode 19

Caine tries to visit an unjustly jailed Shaolin student, but keeps being turned away. He then commits a crime so he can be put in jail with him, hoping to clear up an old misunderstanding and help free the student.

star 8.15
13 votes
Writers: John T. Dugan
The Brothers Caine (3)

#14 - The Brothers Caine (3)

Season 3 - Episode 20

Caine finds where his brother is hiding, but is unaware that Danny has been told there is a Chinese bounty hunter who wants to kill him.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Stephen Karpf, Elinor Karpf
The Last Raid

#15 - The Last Raid

Season 3 - Episode 24

Caine goes to visit Caleb Brown and his family, last seen in The Well. Caleb's son, Daniel, is fishing with the local doctor's son, when both are kidnapped, by a vengeful ex-Confederate Sergeant. The Sergeant hopes to use them to lure the doctor to him to get his revenge, and Caine must save them.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Alex Beaton
Writers: John T. Dugan
The Ancient Warrior

#16 - The Ancient Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 15

Ancient Warrior, an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land. But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory.

star 8.10
31 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: A. Martin Zwieback
Cry of the Night Beast

#17 - Cry of the Night Beast

Season 3 - Episode 7

Caine hears the cry of a child begging to be saved, but there is no child to be found. Only a very young buffalo calf and his mother. Caine protects him from a hunter who is determined to kill him for the hide.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Abe Polsky, Ed Waters
Barbary House (1)

#18 - Barbary House (1)

Season 3 - Episode 18

Caine learns that Danny might be working at a gambling hall that features bare-knuckle boxing, and winds up protecting Danny's son, after Danny angers the hall's owner by hitting him and leaving his job, before Caine's arrival.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Stephen Karpf, Elinor Karpf
In Uncertain Bondage

#19 - In Uncertain Bondage

Season 2 - Episode 16

Caine recalls lessons learned as a youth when he and a Southern belle are trapped in a deep pit, held there by kidnappers.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Abe Polsky, Ed Waters
The Soldier

#20 - The Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 8

Caine is accused of taking part in a bandit ambush, and is taken prisoner by the U.S. Cavalry. He meets a soldier that is a conscientious objector that helps him clear his name.

star 8.00
20 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Ed Waters
Full Circle (4)

#21 - Full Circle (4)

Season 3 - Episode 21

(Series' Finale) The Caine family's dysfunctional relationships get resolved. Kwai Chang and Danny are questing to find General Cantrell who has custody of Zeke Caine. After typical adversities everyone is reunited and Kwai Chang reveals where his future lies.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Stephen Karpf, Elinor Karpf
A Small Beheading

#22 - A Small Beheading

Season 3 - Episode 3

Caine is offered a chance to return to China, after a sea captain delivers a pardon from the Emperor. The pardon, however, has one condition: Caine must lose a finger.

star 8.00
17 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Eugene Price
The Cenotaph (1)

#23 - The Cenotaph (1)

Season 2 - Episode 22

Caine meets Logan McBurney, a Scotsman who has hijacked a gold-transporting stagecoach named Old Ironsides, to haul an enormous box that he claims is his dead Sioux wife's coffin. Along the way to the burial ground, which is on Sioux land, Caine remembers times in the monastery, unaware that several robbers are following closely, hoping to take Old Ironsides for themselves.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: William Kelley
The Tong

#24 - The Tong

Season 2 - Episode 7

Caine help a young Chinese orphan boy gain his freedom from a brutal master. The master goes to the Tong for help against Caine.

star 7.95
22 votes
Directors: Robert Totten
Writers: Robert Schlitt
A Dream Within a Dream

#25 - A Dream Within a Dream

Season 2 - Episode 14

Caine, while walking through a dense fog, happens upon a man who is hanging and he himself is then shot. When he awakens, he finds himself in the company of a sculptor played by John Drew Barrymore (Drew's father). Caine is later accused of the murder of the hanging man and Barrymore's character comes to his defense. This is a really good episode and on the DVD David Carradine has an interesting commentary that accompanies this particular episode.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: John T. Dugan