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The Master

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The Master
Premiere January 20, 1984
Finale August 31, 1984
Creator Michael Sloan
Network/Provider NBC
Style 60-minute adventure drama
Company Michael Sloan Productions,
Viacom Productions
Seasons 1
Episodes 13
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

The Master is an adventure drama program that aired on NBC.

The Master tells the story of John McAllister, the only occidental American to take up the discipline of a Ninja. He settles in Japan and joins a Ninja sect for 30 years, but discovers he has a daughter living in America. He decides to leave his sect but finds out that doing so would be dishonorable, and he will be marked for death if he does. So one night he leaves anyway. Ninja Master Okasa has been given the job of finding and killing McAllister, which becomes a running theme in the series. Upon reaching the US, he meets a drifter Max Keller, who decides to travel with McAllister and look for his daughter with him, while picking up a Ninja trick or two along the way.

Viacom Productions produced the series. CBS Television Distribution owns the distribution rights to the show, although it has not re-aired since its original 1984 run.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Lee Van Cleef John Peter McAllister
Timothy Van Patten Max Keller
Sho Kosugi Okasa


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One January 20, 1984 August 31, 1984 13


DVD and Blu-Ray Releases


Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series February 20, 2018 purchase 4


Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region A)
The Complete Series February 20, 2018 purchase 3

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