The BEST Episodes of Kung Fu

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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

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Empty Pages of a Dead Book

#1 - Empty Pages of a Dead Book

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1974

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 7.90
106 votes
Writers: Charles A. McDaniel
Dark Angel

#2 - Dark Angel

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 11, 1972

Caine travels to Lordsville looking for his grandfather. On his way he helps a man attacked by indians and the man gives him a map to a goldmine. Caine gives the map to an old preacher who helped him.

star 7.80
194 votes
Directors: Jerry Thorpe
Writers: Herman Miller
Blood Brother

#3 - Blood Brother

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 1973

While passing through the Arizona territory town of Kilgore, Caine learns of a Shaolin friend who lived there, and won't leave till he breaks the community's conspiracy surrounding his disappearance.

star 7.70
174 votes
Directors: Jerry Thorpe
Writers: Herman Miller
The Brujo

#4 - The Brujo

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 1973

While wandering in Mexico, Caine comes across an old woman and a young boy. The woman is trapped under a cart and asks Caine to take care of the boy. He takes him to a small Mexican village which believes it is under the spell of a warlock.

star 7.68
93 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Katharyn Michaelian, Michael Michaelian
King of the Mountain

#5 - King of the Mountain

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 14, 1972

Caine finds a young boy at a burned out cabin and tries to help him find his uncle. Along the way, bounty hunters find him.

star 7.65
282 votes
Directors: Jerry Thorpe
Writers: Herman Miller
The Ancient Warrior

#6 - The Ancient Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired May 3, 1973

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 7.60
95 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: A. Martin Zweiback
The Passion of Chen Yi

#7 - The Passion of Chen Yi

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 28, 1974

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 7.56
75 votes
Writers: John T. Dugan

#8 - Chains

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 15, 1973

Caine is imprisoned at an army outpost, and escapes... chained to his hulking, mountain-man cellmate, and are persued by a relentless sergent. Who is determined to collect the reward offered for Caine's capture.

star 7.50
125 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Gene L. Coon
The Soldier

#9 - The Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 1973

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 7.50
82 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Ed Waters
In Uncertain Bondage

#10 - In Uncertain Bondage

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 7, 1974

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

star 7.47
75 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Abe Polsky, Ed Waters
The Devil's Champion

#11 - The Devil's Champion

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 1974

We return to Caine's past in China. Caine witnesses a man defeat six others in the village. The man instructs Caine to deliver a challenge. He demands a fight to the death with Master Kan or he will kill a villager every day until he gets it.

star 7.44
50 votes
Directors: Robert Lewis
Writers: David Korn, Katharyn Michaelian, Michael Michaelian
Sun and Cloud Shadow

#12 - Sun and Cloud Shadow

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 22, 1973

Caine brokers a settlement between a landowner and Chinese miners, but the landowner adds an unacceptable condition to the deal. Meanwhile, a karate master intends to capture Caine.

star 7.38
119 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Halsted Welles
This Valley of Terror

#13 - This Valley of Terror

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 28, 1974

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

star 7.35
49 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Katharyn Michaelian, Michael Michaelian

#14 - Superstition

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 5, 1973

Walls imprison the men unjustly sentenced to work as miners at a brutal labour camp. Yet an even greater barrier holds them captive; fear of the camp's ancient Indian curse. But Caine knows no such fear.

star 7.34
112 votes
Writers: Ed Waters
The Vanishing Image

#15 - The Vanishing Image

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 20, 1974

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 7.33
42 votes
Directors: Barry Crane
Writers: Gustave Field
The Way of Violence Has No Mind

#16 - The Way of Violence Has No Mind

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 1974

Caine confronts a gang of Chinese immigrants that have taken to violence.

star 7.33
105 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: David Michael Korn
The Hoots

#17 - The Hoots

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 1973

Caine meets a group of Hutterite settlers, who must reconsider their pacifist background when attacked by bigoted cattlemen, and teaches them how to defend themselves without compromising their principles.

star 7.32
118 votes
Directors: Robert Totten
Writers: Lionel E. Siegel
Besieged (1): Death on Cold Mountain

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

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 15, 1974

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 7.30
44 votes
Directors: David Carradine
Writers: David Michael Korn, Ed Waters, William Kelly
My Brother, My Executioner

#19 - My Brother, My Executioner

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 12, 1974

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

star 7.29
45 votes
Directors: Jerry Thorpe
Writers: John T. Dugan
The Assassin

#20 - The Assassin

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 1973

Hatfields and McCoys, with an Asian spin on things. Two familes with a longtime fued keep two potential lovers apart. One of the families has hired a ninja assassin, and Caine witnesses his actions. Caine is accused of assisting the ninja, and heals a man dying from a poisoned shuriken strike.

star 7.28
60 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Daniel Ullman, Spooner Glass
The Garments of Rage

#21 - The Garments of Rage

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 1974

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

star 7.28
40 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Ed Waters, Herman Miller, Theodore Apstein
The Soul Is the Warrior

#22 - The Soul Is the Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 8, 1973

Caine's quest to meet his half-brother Danny leads him to a ranch where his sibling once worked, and plunges the priest into a confrontation where he proves his mettle by walking trough a pit of rattlesnakes.

star 7.27
112 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Ron Bishop
The Well

#23 - The Well

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 1973

After drinking bad water during a drought, Caine recovers at the farm of an ex-slave who has a working well, but one who is so angry he is not willing to share with his thirsty neighbors.

star 7.27
94 votes
Directors: Jerry Thorpe
Writers: Kittridge Barton

#24 - Alethea

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 22, 1973

Caine befriends a young girl, whose mistaken eyewitness testimony leads to the priest being tried for murder... and sentenced to death by hanging.

star 7.26
112 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: William Kelley
The Praying Mantis Kills

#25 - The Praying Mantis Kills

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 29, 1973

Murderous thugs come looking for Caine after he identifies them as perpetrators of a bank robbery. A youth's ideas about how to be a man are challenged by Caine's quiet heroics.

star 7.22
107 votes
Writers: Robert Lewin