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The Best Martial Arts TV Shows 

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Updated August 8, 2019 4.3k votes 775 voters 62.4k views 51 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Martial Arts TV series.

The very best martial arts shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest martial arts shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular martial arts TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining martial arts show of all time is. Don't let your favorite martial arts television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of martial arts television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Shows on this list include Love at First Fight and A Fistful of Stances.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best martial arts show of all time?" and "What are the greatest martial arts shows?"
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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

Premiered: 1989

Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter ...more

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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Premiered: 2005

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more

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Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Nana Mizuki, Yukari Tamura, Kazuhiko Inoue

Premiered: 2007

Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend ...more

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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

Premiered: 2002

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and the ...more

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Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Hiromi Tsuru, Toshio Furukawa, Masako Nozawa

Premiered: 1986

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger

Premiered: 2015

Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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Cobra Kai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler
Cobra Kai (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Robert Mark Kamen, based on The Karate Kid film series. 34 years after being defeated by Daniel LaRusso ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin
Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more

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The Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino

Premiered: 2012

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Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Ip Man

Premiered: 2013

Ip Man is a 2013 Chinese television series romanticising the life of Ip Man, a Chinese martial artist specialising in Wing Chun. Directed by Fan Xiaotian, the series starred Hong Kong actor ...more
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Jackie Chan Adventures ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan

Premiered: 2000

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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

Premiered: 2001

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The Legend of Bruce Lee ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Michael Jai White, Ray Park, Mark Dacascos

Premiered: 2008

The Legend of Bruce Lee is a 2008 Chinese biographic martial arts television series based on the life story of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. The 50 episodes long series was produced and ...more
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Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Kaylyn Dicksion

Premiered: 1996

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Hajime no Ippo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
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Premiered: 2000

It follows the story of high school student Makunouchi Ippo, as he begins his career in boxing and over time obtains many titles and defeats various opponents.

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

Premiered: 2004-10-05

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Mortal Kombat: Konquest ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Kristanna Loken, Daniel Bernhardt, Paolo Montalbán

Premiered: 1998

Mortal Kombat: Konquest is an US-American martial arts television series that aired for one season from 1998 to 1999, and was based on the popular Mortal Kombat fighting game series. The program ...more
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Dragon Ball GT is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Stephanie Nadolny, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler

Premiered: 2003

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Jeri Ryan, Ryan Robbins, Ian Anthony Dale

Premiered: 2011-04-12

Mortal Kombat: Legacy is an American web series anthology adapted from the fictional universe of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. It debuted on Machinima.com's YouTube channel on April ...more
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Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
graser20 added Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

Premiered: 1992

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Wu Assassins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Iko Uwais, Katheryn Winnick, Byron Mann

Premiered: 2019

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How Bruce Lee Changed th... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
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Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Iron Fist Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham
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X-Men: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
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Premiered: 2000

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Martial Arts TV Shows
Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca

Premiered: 2010

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