Here are the best alternative TV shows for fans of Into The Badlands that guarantee the same level of action as well as compelling storylines.
The AMC series Into The Badlands became popular for its impressive action sequences that only involved a combination of hand-to-hand combat and use of melee weapons. This is because the society in which the series revolves around shunned advanced weapons like bombs and guns.
The series ended after three seasons and if you liked it, you’ve probably been looking for something similar. There are a couple of good options to choose from. Here are the best alternative TV shows for fans of Into The Badlands that guarantee the same level of action as well as compelling storylines.
Brendan Fehr mostly finds himself in supporting roles, but in this ABC series, he had an impressive lead role. The plot revolves around a woman named Heaven. She was given the name by the press after surviving a plane crash that killed everyone when she was a six-month-old baby.
The wealthy Kogo Family adopted her and gave her the best life. Sadly, tragedy struck when unknown men attacked her wedding and murdered her brother Ohiko. She soon discovered that the Yakuza were involved so she escaped and trained to become a samurai in order to get revenge.
A Fist Within Four Walls
After its release, A Fist Within Four Walls became the most-watched series in China and Hong Kong. The series is set in the Kowloon Walled City with events taking place between 1960 and 1965. It follows a martial arts enthusiast named Chor Au-kuen who gives himself the responsibility of protecting the city against evildoers.
The series not only stands out foe r its fight choreography but also for its humor. Violence is blended with laughs on a regular basis, thus creating an addictive viewing experience. There are also plenty of Hong Kong cultural references that might hard for viewers from the outside world to get. However, this doesn’t ruin the experience.
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues is a continuation of a 1970s series titled Kung Fu. It follows the Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine. Chang was in charge of a temple that was destroyed by a rogue priest who wanted all priests to be mercenaries.
Chang believed his son had died after the destruction so he went to set up a new life. Meanwhile, his son grew to become a police officer. More than a decade later, the two get reunited when they find themselves in a Chinese neighborhood of a fictional American city. They thus work together to solve crimes.
The Netflix historical drama series follows the legendary Venetian explorer Marco Polo as he goes on adventures in the 13th-century and gets captured in China. Polo is imprisoned by the ambitious Kublai Khan who sees him as someone he can use to further his goals.
Polo adapts to life in China and learns details about their culture. He also learns about politics while living in Kublai Khan’s court. Khan has plans to conquer the world but Polo is conflicted about whether he should help him. Unfortunately, the series was canceled. Netflix revealed that it gave the company a loss of $200 million.
Swordsman was adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Jin Yong wuxia. The series follows Linghu Chong who is a member of the Hua Shan Chinese sect. He falls in love with a woman named Yue Ling Shan, who happens to be the daughter of his master. Forbidden territory?
The two also happen to be childhood friends. She sees him as a brother figure at first but falls in love too. Their love gets threatened when a new and ambitious trainee joins the sect after his family gets massacred. There is plenty of action that involves swords, first and kicks.
The critically acclaimed series is a sequel to the movie Karate Kid. Events take place 30 years later, with the story revolving around the same main characters. The series has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
In it, Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence meet again as adults after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament fight. Their rivalry is ignited and they find themselves kicking the sense out of each other while still trying to make everything look less serious.
The Marvel show has fight scenes that are as good as those in the best martial arts movies. Unfortunately, it was canceled together with all Marvel shows that were streaming on Netflix. Hopefully, it will be revived on Disney + soon.
The series follows a man named Danny Rand who survived a plane crash when he was 10-years-old. Unfortunately, his rich parents died. Danny was then saved by warrior monks who raised him in the city of K’un-Lun and trained him to be a warrior. Many years later, he decided to return to New York but he is met with many challenges than he expected.
This first-ever Netflix South Korean original series is more than brilliant. It was adapted from the comic series The Kingdom Of The Gods. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a score of 93%. It currently has two seasons and a third is said to be in development.
Events take place during Korea’s Joseon period which was right after the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598), The plot revolves around the Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who decides to investigate a mysterious illness and uncovers a major political conspiracy.
Wu Assasins stars Iko Uwais, the popular Indonesian actor known for his work in The Raid. Uwais plays a chef in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood named Kai Jin. He encounters mystical powers and is given the task of being a Wu Assassin.
The Wu Assasins are selected people who bear the responsibility of killing the five Wu Warlords. These are men who have supernatural powers that make them able to manipulate fire, earth, wood, metal, and water. Wu Assassins are able to change their appearance and survive deadly attacks.
The series was developed from an idea that legendary actor and martial arts expert Bruce Lee had. Lee had intended to create the series back in 1971 but failed to agree with studio executives. Years later, his daughter Shannon Lee made his father’s dream a reality by teaming up with Cinemax.
The series has plenty of intense action scenes as well as the usual explicit scenes that Cinemax shows are known for. It follows a martial arts prodigy named Ah Sahm who moves from China to San Francisco’s China Town neighborhood in the 1870s in search of his sister but he is soon thrown into a world of violence and mayhem.