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  • Okay, welcome to watch Mojo.

  • And today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 martial arts TV shows.

  • This'll ist will be ranking the most influential popular or formative American television, Siri's with martial arts as a central focus, we're going to be focusing on fictional characters and stories here, meaning that mixed martial arts or professional wrestling won't be included.

  • We're also not going to be counting anime here as that genre deserves a list of its own.

  • Here's the kick in it on the small screen, Let us know which of your favorites we missed in the comments below.

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  • Number 10 Warrior.

  • This relatively recent Siri's from Cinemax proves that even in the modern day, the influence of Bruce Lee continues to be felt throughout the martial arts world.

  • Warrior is actually based upon original treatment and idea from Li.

  • Co produced with his daughter Shannon, the Siri's possesses no shortage of action and feels indebted to kung fu and spaghetti western cinema from the 19 sixties and seventies while simultaneously possessing a contemporary execution.

  • Yeah, Warrior may take place during 18 70 San Francisco, but the choreography and style on display feel totally timeless.

  • Right?

  • All right.

  • Number nine.

  • Black Dynamite The original black dynamite film from 2009 may have been a fun and kitschy homage to classic blaxploitation cinema from the 19 seventies, but the updated adult swim continuation of that franchise clearly had Boulder intentions in mind.

  • Sure, the show still captured the film's outrageousness and funky humor like Kind of like What Are you doing?

  • Just Staying behind you sucker.

  • But the martial arts action here is less Dolomite and mawr enter the Dragon E.

  • Black Dynamite's action sequences are fun but exquisitely animated, while the actual plots possessed tons of biting satire and social commentary that makes this almost like UM, or violent and extreme companion piece to something like The Boondocks.

  • Did you take a wow number eight into the Badlands?

  • Sure, the AMC Network may be best known for its hit zombie Siri's The Walking Dead, but we got to give it up for Into the Badlands for delivering some incredible martial arts action for three seasons.

  • The idea of a post apocalyptic world full of sword play and full contact ass kicking held onto a devoted cult fan base, thanks to some stellar choreography and a strong ensemble cast.

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  • Oh, into the Badlands is a whole lot of stylish fun from a network that was able to take some chances, thanks to bankrolling all of that zombie money.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

  • Number seven Cobra Kai.

  • The idea of continuing the tale of Daniela Russo and Johnny Lawrence from the Karate Kid franchise could have been a losing proposition.

  • But thankfully, Cobra Kai doesn't just bank on nostalgia.

  • It builds something new from that base.

  • Oh, the skin booth.

  • Siri's balances a comedic and dramatic tone with themes of personal accountability, revenge and redemption.

  • Not to mention how the past can sometimes hold us prisoner to our memories.

  • I don't need the paint.

  • I'm sorry.

  • I'll just take the gum here, and but that guy's beer on my tab looks like he's had a rough day.

  • Beyond this, the martial arts on Cobra Kai are honestly superior to its source material, taking the innocents of the Ogi karate kid and mixing it with pathos and production values.

  • For a modern audience, it's not lame ass karate It's Cobra Kai, number six Daredevil.

  • We're all used to the big budget spectacle of superhero blockbusters at this point, not to mention the wealth of comic book adaptations on television.

  • Netflix's Daredevil was something a bit different, however.

  • Ah, show that took one of Marvel's most beloved and unique characters and gave him a look that was grounded and approachable.

  • Although we did enjoy the martial arts on display with the channels ill fated depiction of Iron Fist, they're daredevil.

  • Siris was even more successful at bridging fantastic comic book stories with gritty inner city living and Matt Murdock's deadly fighting abilities.

  • Oh, one need only look at the incredible hallway sequence from Season one to be a true believer.

  • That daredevil was the real deal.

  • Oh yeah, Number five Samurai Jack.

  • The martial arts doesn't always translate well to the animated medium, but thankfully, there are also shows like Samurai Jack, that air clearly placed in the proper hands.

  • Theo Siri's is poetic in its visuals, showcasing an animation style that was groundbreaking for the time and made the show popular with fans of all ages.

  • There's a wealth of heritage behind the themes and stylistic choices of Samurai Jack from the episodic, long form storytelling influenced by the seventies kung fu Siri's to the cinema of Japanese filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa.

  • At the same time, it's ability to transcend these influences with its own heart and passion.

  • Make Samurai Jack one of the finest animated martial arts programs of all time before Right Number four, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers What do you get when you hijack giant monster battles from a long running Japanese program?

  • And Inter cut it with fresh faced teenagers?

  • And they're hokey hijinks.

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  • You get one of the most popular and enduring franchises of the 19 nineties.

  • The martial arts sequences on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers program were surprisingly decent, especially for a weekday afternoon program, and provided for many their first taste of Japanese.

  • Kaiju action from the Super sent I.

  • Siri's Theo ass kicking credibility of the Rangers also received a boost when real life mixed martial artist Jason David Frank joined the cast as the Green Ranger, ensuring that this kid's hit wasn't just a flash in the pan.

  • Number three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  • Okay, so it's established right from the get go that the teenage mutant Ninja Turtles have been taught their superior skills by Master Splinter, a radical rap.

  • But what the original animated show also did well was depicting how there since I was a moral compass.

  • The family structure has always been central to the turtles universe, and this show held onto that while at the same time showing off plenty of action and fun.

  • Don't deny your destiny.

  • Join me.

  • Does the phrase go suck a lemon?

  • Hold any meaning for you?

  • And this has honestly been the case throughout most of the turtles.

  • Appearances in the media, a tightly knit group of brothers who know that the martial arts is a philosophy of the body and mind.

  • Come on, Chrome Dome Hit me with your best shot.

  • You bet I will.

  • E Oh, no Number two Avatar.

  • The Last Airbender.

  • Speaking of philosophy, the next TV show on our list also brings with it plenty of heavy moral lessons and emotional weight.

  • We're talking about Avatar The Last Airbender, possibly one of the most beloved animated programs of all time, despite only running for about three years.

  • All right, Team Avatar is back.

  • Air, water, earth, fire, fan and sword.

  • The show made tons of impact in that time, however, telling great stories and creating memorable characters right alongside some amazing animated set pieces.

  • This'll is perhaps where Avatar, as well as its sequel, The Legend of Cora, truly stands out its ability to elevate a martial arts story way above the physical element.

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  • Here are a few honorable mentions Wu assassins because Wu Tang is for the Children and for asking and television Hong Kong phooey for that lovable nostalgia.

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  • Oh, come on, fella.

  • Those guys must have taken the same course I did Walker, Texas Ranger Because Chuck Norris would kick us really hard if he wasn't on this list.

  • Oh, Highlander, the Siri's because who said there could be only one kung fu panda?

  • Legends of awesomeness For that feel good TV Take on a big screen franchise.

  • I gotta make them remember me, or I'm gonna lose my friends forever.

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  • Number one.

  • Kung Fu.

  • We've got to give respect for a nog with our number one pick.

  • For many, the 19 seventies kung Fu Siris was their first taste of the martial arts in any form.

  • Never mind on network television.

  • I intend to shoot now.

  • Oh, today.

  • The idea of David Carradine's Grasshopper Kwai Chang Caine has been parody to death, but the show's philosophical nature and dreamy slow motion cinematography made it a huge hit with fans.

  • Master, do you not know poems in that book by memory?

  • Yes, Grasshopper.

  • But can any man afford such arrogance?

  • Kane search for his half brother, continually placed him as a defender of the innocent and oppressed, despite the grasshoppers resistance to violence leading kung fu to run for three original seasons, the show would eventually spin off into a number of television movies as well as a sequel in the nineties titled Kung Fu.

  • The legend continues.

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Top 10 Best Martial Arts TV Shows Ever

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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