What are the best Wuxia TV series?

Wuxia is a compound word of "wu", meaning marital and "xia", meaning hero. A martial artist who follows the code of xia is often referred to as "xiake", meaning follower of xia. Depending on the translations, a martial artist is also referred to as a swordsman, even if he does not wield an actual sword. It is a genre of Chinese fiction about the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. It's considered a part of popular culture in many of the Chinese-speaking communities all across the world. The heroes in wuxia fiction typically do not serve a lord nor do they belong to any aristocratic class, or have any military power. In this regard, they are similar to a ronin of feudal Japan who also doesn't serve a master. In the same way, they also follow a code of chivalry. The wuxia must always live righteously, fight oppression, and correct or bring retribution for misdeeds.

The earliest Wuxia films date back to the 1920s that feature sophisticated action choreography. They did so with the use of wires, trampolines, and sped-up camera tricks. Today's movies and TV shows use many of the same methods with some slight modern improvements. If you're new to this genre and wondering what top Wuxia series to watch first, check our list below. We have listed some of the best Wuxia TV series, both new and classic ones that you can check out today. Let us know what you thought of them in the comments section.

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    #1The Legend of Condor Heroes

    The Legend of Condor Heroes

    The Legend of Condor Heroes is a top Wuxia series set during the Jin-Song Wars. It follows Guo Jing and Huang Rong's rivalry, their adventures, and their encounters with the Five Greats.

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    Mariana Herrera
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "For a remake, this drama was PHENOMENAL. I did not expect it to be this GOOD. Everything from the story to the acting was spot-on. This will now remains as one my top wuxia dramas."
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    #2Chinese Paladin

    Chinese Paladin

    Chinese Paladin is one of the best Wuxia shows that was adapted from a Chinese RPG, The Legend of Sword and Fairy. It tells the story of a young man who sets out on an epic journey in order to save his ill aunt.

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    Sunny Wu
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "I watched this drama as a child but I didn't really understand the story then but I remember being interested in it nonetheless. A decade later, I decided to revisit this drama and watch it from my much older self's perspective and I was blown away, it brought back memories I didn't know existed and for some reason it made me really emotional. "
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    #3The Vigilantes in Masks

    The Vigilantes in Masks

    The Vigilantes in Masks in one of the best Wuxia series today and was based on the folktales of Robin Hood. It tells the story of a group of martial artists who steal from the rich and corrupt to give to the poor.

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    Ashley Chapman
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "For some reason, I've been bingewatching chinese dramas lately and somehow this came up as one of the must-watch's so i gave it a try. The storyline was so poignant and brilliant to the point that I felt what the characters were feeling. The first few eps are kinda draggy but please keep watching because sooner than later you'll be invested in their lives and you'll be watching nonstop! "


Martial art is a term that can refer to a broad range of activities that involve fighting techniques, physical exercises, and other various applications. Martial arts originated in the ancient cultures of Asia, and are used today around the world for self-defense, exercise, health, spiritual growth, law enforcement, and athletic competition.


It's universally known that martial artists are cool. A karate chop here, a roundhouse kick there, and a judo throw mixed in between. There's just something awesome in watching someone display such level of strength and athleticism. Martial arts, as we know it today, is prevalent in movies and as a form of sport but even before that, martial arts were used for spiritual and practical purposes.

When talking about the practice of martial arts, you cannot exclude the art of meditation as it has always been an integral part of it and is believed to aid in attaining spiritual enlightenment or awakening. In connection to this, martial arts have also been used to promote discipline in its practitioners by having them follow a strict daily routine as part of their duties and responsibilities. Applied to modern day sensibilities, the practice of martial arts along with the proper tools is a good way to maintain a healthy body and be fit.

Knowing the martial arts is not just for show or to pick fights with anyone who looks at you funny. The core foundation which it was built upon was for it to be used to defend ourselves from harm or danger and to protect those who cannot defend themselves from the same."

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    #4The Return of the Condor Heroes

    The Return of the Condor Heroes

    The Return of the Condor Heroes is a top Wuxia series that was adapted from a novel by Louis Cha. It follows a young orphaned boy from living in the streets to meeting the girl who will become his martial arts master and the love of his life.

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    Nancy Bell
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "I really love wuxia dramas and usually, they revolve around action and adventure. This was a breath of fresh air simply because more than anything, it revolved around a man and a woman and their love story in ancient times. Idk, i'm quite the sap so I enjoyed that element of the story. This drama's amazing. "
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    #5Nirvana in Fire

    Nirvana in Fire

    Nirvana in Fire is one of the best Wuxia TV series that was based on a novel by Hai Yan. It follows the adventures of Lin Shu, who seek justice for a conspiracy that labeled his family as traitors and restore their name.

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    Xu Yang
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "This drama gives me so much pain I LOVE IT. I honestly haven't been watching dramas lately so I was searching for Asian dramas I could watch and I came upon Nirvana in fire. I laughed at the cheesy name but man the drama took my breath away! There were moments wherein I would just hold my chest tight because there are scenes that make my heart go crazy. INTENSE."
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    #6Xuan Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky

    Xuan Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky

    Xuan Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky is a 2012 Chinese TV series produced by ‎Lee Kwok-lap and Karen Tsoi. The action adventure stars Hu Ge, Juang Jin Fu, Cecilia Liu, Tiffany Tang, and Bextiyar Gülnezer.

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    Cynthia Reed
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "I'm a HUGE fan of Hu Ge (see what I did there wink wonk), anyway, my goal is to watch all his dramas and this show came up a lot and I don't regret watching it in the span of a week. His acting was phenomenal and the story of this drama was awesome!"
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    Swordsman or Xiao Ao Jianghu is a 2013 Chinese historical drama produced by Yu Zheng. The series is adapted from Jin Yong's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer and it stars Wallace Huo, Joe Chen, and Mabel Yuan.

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    Amy Feng
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "Joe Chen is the reason why I started watching this drama, I loved her from Fated to Love You so I wanted to explore her other dramas. Normally, I don't watch historical dramas because I automatically assume that theyre boring BUT BOY WAS I WRONG when I started Swordsman! Joe Chen was the bait and the storyline kept me hooked. I have to admit, it was draging at times but overall it was worth my time!"
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    #8A Step into the Past (2001)

    A Step into the Past (2001)

    A Step Into The Past is a 2001 Hong Kong TV series based on Huang Yi's novel of the same Chinese name. The historical drama stars Raymond Lam, Joyce Tang, Sonija Kwok, Kwong Wa, Jessica Hsuan, and Louis Koo.

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    Lu Sun
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "If you love historical wuxia dramas, this something I highly recommend."
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    #9Laughing in the Wind

    Laughing in the Wind

    Laughing in the Wind or Xiao ao Jiang Hu is a 2001 Chinese TV series produced by Zhang Jizhong. The 40-episode historical drama stars Yapeng Li, Qing Xu, and Lifeng Chen.

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    Daniel Anderson
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "Best wuxia martial arts drama I've ever watched. Hands down."
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    #10The Four

    The Four

    The Four or Shao Nian Si Da Ming Bu is a 2017 Chinese Wuxia TV series based on the wuxia series by Wen Ruian. The historical romance drama stars Zhang Han, Willian Chan, Mao Zi Jun, Yang Yang, Janine Chang, and Emma Wu.

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    Debra Henry
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "I fell in love with the characters, especially Janine Chang's portrayal of Chu limo. I will rewatch this drama again and again!"
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    #11KO One

    KO One

    KO One or Chung Chi Yi Pan is a 2005 Taiwanese TV series produced by Comic Internation Productions. The show features actors Jiro Wang, Aaron Yan, Calvin Chen, and Danson Tang.

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    Yi Tan
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "Jiro wang will always be my childhood crush! Watching him on ko one made me fall in love with him all over again, he's just so charming and cute. If you're a fan of Jiro, you must watch this!!! If not, watch it for the funny quips at least. "


Best What are the best Wuxia TV series
1The Legend of Condor HeroesTV Shows 19 Paid
2Chinese PaladinTV Shows 19 Paid
3The Vigilantes in MasksTV Shows 18 Paid
4The Return of the Condor HeroesTV Shows 18 Free
5Nirvana in FireTV Shows 17 Paid
6Xuan Yuan Sword: Scar of SkyTV Shows 13 Free
7SwordsmanTV Shows 11 Free
8A Step into the Past (2001)TV Shows 10 Free
9Laughing in the WindTV Shows 9 Paid
10The FourTV Shows 4 Free

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