The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu was a television series in 1956. From September 1956 to November 1956, Hollywood Television Service produced 13 episodes and one season of the Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu. Hollywood Television Service's main company, Republic Pictures, paid 4 million dollars to Sax Rohmer to produce 78 episodes, but they were not produced due to a court battle between Sax Rohmer and the producers of the show. The character Dr. Fu Manchu was created by Sax Rohmer and he was played by Glen Gorden in the television series. Dr. Fu Manchu is an mad scientist who plans to destroy western civilization because of revenge for unknown events that happend in the past. The television series depicts these malicious plans and the acts of another character named Sir Dennis Nayland Smith, who thwarts these plans. The television show is directed by famous serial director Franklin Adreon, and it is very similar to a serial.