Kung Fu: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
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User Ratings: 26

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Air date: Apr 7, 2021

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, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents Jin and Mei-Li are at the mercy of a powerful Triad.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2021

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 as optimistic. Finally, after lending a hand to a young woman in need, Nicky finds the mental clarity she desperately needs.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2021

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 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.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2021

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A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice...all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her.

Cast & Crew

Eddie Liu
Henry Yan
Gavin Stenhouse
Evan Hartley
Kheng Hua Tan
Mei-Li Shen
Tzi Ma
Jin Shen
Olivia Liang
Nicky Shen
Shannon Dang
Althea Shen
Vanessa Kai
Pei-Ling Zhang
Tony Chung
Dennis Soong
Christina M. Kim
Executive Producer
Robert Berens
Executive Producer
Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter
Executive Producer
Martin Gero
Executive Producer
David Madden
Executive Producer
Kathryn Borel Jr.
Writer
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Kim's enthralling iteration ... rights the wrongs of appropriation to fashion a modern, painfully relevant take that features high-flying action papering over a melodramatic script.

Apr 7, 2021 | Full Review…

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

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

If a pilot is your opportunity to establish premise and put your best resources forward, Kung Fu is a mixed bag anyway. The action stuff is fine, a little on the deliberate-and-slow side, but boasting glimpses of Wuxia gravity-defying beauty.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The makers of the new Kung Fu have taken a scorched-earth policy as regards the legacy of its ancestor, and good for them: The cast is attractive and committed; the storyline has multiple avenues to pursue; Ms. Liang can carry the show.

Apr 7, 2021 | Full Review…

As is often the undercurrent for the best of CW shows, it's actually an engrossing family saga. Long review short: come for the action drama and stay for the emotional squabbles.

Apr 13, 2021 | Full Review…

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

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

For a show called Kung Fu, the actual fight work doesn't exactly stand out, but Olivia Liang's Nicky is a formidable and fun hero who's worth following.

Apr 8, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's yet another series from Greg Berlanti, but it's full of action, gives Asian Americans a showcase at a time they need it and ultimately more entertaining than, say, the "Mulan" remake was.

Apr 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Representation matters, so the existence of an almost all-Asian cast on a broadcast network series is a welcome development even as the show's format and themes feel overly familiar.

Apr 2, 2021 | Full Review…

There is plenty to like in the new Kung Fu and hopefully, its issues in the series premiere will be ironed as the show overcomes its bad habits.

Mar 26, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    I absolutely loved it! This is the kind of show I adore. It is about a young woman named Nicky who drops out of Harvard (sad) and runs away to study martial arts in a monastery for women in China. It shows her devotion to and her strive to defeat the woman who killed her late sensei. The show did well in getting me connected to her by giving her a sad beginning. When she comes home three years later, her whole family is different, and her boyfriend has moved on. I hope to see character development and discovery in Nicky. The fighting is so exciting. The cast is beatiful. The whole her being a strong chinese-american woman is so amazing because I can actually relate to her. This is an absolute MUST WATCH! Can't wait for episode two!
  • 2d ago
    The interpersonal drama and small scale theatrics are pretty interesting, however initially rote, but tying them into its larger narrative of "been there, snapped that" collector porn is just a road too well travelled as a weary excuse to stretch out an obvious hero's journey.
  • 4d ago
    Great show, not a reboot of the original series but it's own characters. I'm looking forward to seeing the development of the show.
  • 4d ago
    Where is the mythical part of Carradine's kung fu series? Why, if he came out of a shaoli temple, his philosophy is not part of the series? Only the fiction of the sword. He could easily have trained anywhere and it wouldn't matter. the series could be called by any other name.
  • 5d ago
    The Arrowverse without supersuits. 90% talking about feelings, 5% action, 5% conversations with ghosts. 100% completely and utterly blah. You'd think the CW might be able to bring us something other than the usual. You'd be wrong.
  • 5d ago
    Amazing. Loved the cast. Representation matters, and I absolutely adored seeing the Chinese American community portrayed so lovingly and realistically on screen. I cannot wait to see how the character and story development go from here. I think people can relate and be more open to other cultures when they watch this family. Already, you can see the writers are not afraid to tackle issues that are considered taboos especially in Asian American traditional and conservative families. A must watch!
  • 6d ago
    They just had to add a gay brother into the mix and she gets to ask a ghost questions. Ho hum.
  • 6d ago
    Definitely feels like CW, and it's going to appeal more to Asian Americans than to Asians for better and worse.
  • 6d ago
    Actually starring Chinese actors is nice. The down side is that Kung-Fu has all the usual CW ingredients. It's nice that they have gay characters in like every show. It's just it is getting cliche for the CW. The upbeat sister also feels like a clone of any character in the CW. They don't try to bring originality to this show from the start. Especially when it starts with the CW opening that Arrow made famous. "My name is...."
  • 6d ago
    I can't believe people made this stereotype drama in the year of 2021. The whole thing just likes the general tsao chicken to Chinese audiences which ain't no Chinese at all. If people have got budgets they shall invest on warriors season 3 or Awkwafina as Nola instead of this crap.

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