Martial Law is an American/Canadian crime drama that aired on CBS from 1998 to 2000, and was created by Carlton Cuse. The title character, Sammo Law, portrayed by Sammo Hung, was a Chinese law officer and martial arts expert who came to Los Angeles in search of a colleague and remains in the US.

The show was a surprise hit, making Hung the only East Asian headlining a prime-time network series in the United States. At the time, Hung was not fluent in English, and he reportedly recited some of his dialogue phonetically. In many scenes, Hung did not speak at all, making Martial Law perhaps the only US television series in history that featured so little dialogue from the lead character.

  1. Carlton Cuse


Series Cast

  1. Sammo Hung

    Sammo Hung

    Sammo Law

    44 Episodes

  2. Kelly Hu

    Kelly Hu

    Chen Pei Pei

    44 Episodes

  3. Louis Mandylor

    Louis Mandylor

    Det. Louis Malone

    44 Episodes

  4. Tom Wright

    Tom Wright

    Capt. Benjamin Winship

    44 Episodes

  5. Gretchen Egolf

    Gretchen Egolf

    Amy Dylan

    44 Episodes

  6. Arsenio Hall

    Arsenio Hall

    Terrell Parker

    23 Episodes

  7. Tammy Lauren

    Tammy Lauren

    Det. Dana Dickson

    22 Episodes

  8. Johnny Nguyen

    Johnny Nguyen

    Street Thug

    22 Episodes

  9. Darryl Chan

    Darryl Chan

    Yakuza Henchman (uncredited), Drug Dealer (uncredited), Thug (uncredited)

    5 Episodes

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Last Season

Martial Law

Season 2

1999 | 22 Episodes

Season 2 of Martial Law premiered on September 25, 1999.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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