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Martial Law

CBS (ended 2000)


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Martial Law

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Sammo Law is a Chinese law officer and a martial arts expert transferred to America looking for an old nemesis. During the search, Sammo will join the police department and work with a group of detectives on police cases.

The show ran for two years on CBS, and it endured cast revamps, which were probably the main reason why the show ended only after two years.

After only 5 episodes, Tammy Lauren exited the show, and both Louis Mandylor and Tom Wright exited the show after the first season. During the first season, a new character was introduced (played by Arsenio Hall) and was soon made a regular.

People loved the show, because it was a good combination of action, martial arts and comedy, but not enough to keep it going.
Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu

Grace Chen

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung

Sammo Law

Gretchen Egolf

Gretchen Egolf

Amy Dylan (season 2)

Louis Mandylor

Louis Mandylor

Det. Louis Malone (season 1)

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall

Terrell Parker (episodes 13-44, recurring previously)

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Capt. Benjamin Winship (season 1)

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  • Reboot?

    It was a good show, for two seasons, but this show was overtruncated until it has been revealed that they were supporting Chuck Norris' acting career in "Walker Texas Ranger". This show does not need to support that show at all! Martial Law has to be independent, especially when it gets rebooted in the future!
  • I truly loved this show, it had great martial arts from a person you would think could not even lift a arm or leg and that is what made this show great, it was a sad day when they took it off the air after only two seasons.moreless

    This show was a lot of fun to watch, to see an overweight person taking down the bad guys was a sight to see. Also a lot of action and martial arts which I loved dearly. I liked the first season better than the second because the brought in Arsino Hall for a lot more laughs and I do not know why they had to make all those other cast changes as well. Over all though I did watch both seasons because above everything else I truly loved the martial arts, action and comedy that this series had in it.moreless
  • Something I enjoyed watching as a child

    I use to watch this when I was about 9, a few years once it had finished. I believe it was still shown on channel 5 and I made it a show I would watch weekly. I believe it was in the first few episodes was what caught my attention, I particularly remember a scene where one guy decides to take on Sammo, thinking he probably can't do the fighting moves and so the guy falls to the ground and obviously couldn't win, but also proving he thinks too highly of himself. Each week was filled with something action packed, and them chasing criminals. No one really knew Sammo's reason for being in America, until later in the show and all weren't expecting what he was looking for, but because they were his friends they stuck with him and helped him out. Sammo showed interesting wall climbing skills and amusing ways to fight another, but it was always made more interesting when you saw the bloopers to that episode at the end.moreless
  • Nice one!

    I tuned in to 'Martial law' a few days ago on UK satellite TV. Well, I've never seen a 'police' series quite like it - it makes Hawaii 5-0 look positively archaic by comparison, Sammo,Grace and Company combine to offer a beautifully choreographed and seemingly non-stop sequence of action packed episodes (aided by some dazzling stunts and clever camerawork ) One can forgive the fact that the rest of the city police force appear to be surplus to requirements and that the plots are sparkling gems of improbability - the whole programme is propelled forward by an irresistible combination of incandescent martial arts skills, transcendental displays of the powers of deduction,coupled with what appears to be an undercurrent of good humour which is never far from the surface.This is a programme which is a fine example of the type of professionalism which maintains credibility but doesn't take itself too seriously.A first class example of comedy/action which is a sheer joy to watch, and mercifully free from cliches and stereotypes.Strongly recommended to those who want to enjoy themselves !moreless
  • A classic cop show with kung-fu mixed in, nice.

    Its a shame Martial Law only lasted 2 years. It wasn't your routine cop show, it had a unique and interesting twist. The fight scenes were very well done and fun to wacth. The good guys were great and the villans were believeable and truly sinister. One episode I loved was the cross-over this show had with Walker Texas Ranger, those episodes were intense! This show was for the most part clean. It wasn't saturated with sex like most of the cop shows on TV. In two words it was family friendly, a term you can't always use with some of the shows on TV these days.moreless

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