Cobra Kai
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Film information

Genre

Comedy-drama
Martial arts
Action comedy

Created by

Josh Heald
Jon Hurwitz
Hayden Schlossberg

Based on

The Karate Kid series by Robert Mark Kamen

Starring

Ralph Macchio
William Zabka
Martin Kove

Country of origin

United States

Original language(s)

English

No. of seasons

2

No. of episodes

20

Executive producer(s)

Ralph Macchio
William Zabka
Will Smith
James Lassiter
Caleeb Pinkett
Susan Ekins
Josh Heald
Jon Hurwitz
Hayden Schlossberg

Producer(s)

Katrin L. Goodson
Bob Wilson

Editor(s)

Nicholas Monsour
Jeff Seibenick
Ivan Victor

Production company(s)

Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions
Overbrook Entertainment
Heald Productions (Season 2)
Sony Pictures Television

Distributor

Sony Picture Television

Original network

YouTube Red (Season 1–2)
Netflix (Season 1 - 3)

Picture format

4K (UHDTV)

Original release

May 2, 2018 – present

For the organization, see Cobra Kai Dojo.

Cobra Kai is an American comedy-drama web television series based on The Karate Kid film series created by Robert Mark Kamen that premiered on May 2, 2018 on YouTube Red. The television series takes place 34 years after the original film and follows the reopening of the Cobra Kai karate dojo by Johnny Lawrence and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso. The series was created by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the films respectively.

On May 10, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season of ten episodes that premiered in 2019. On May 2, 2019, YouTube renewed the series for a third season[1] and on June 22, 2020, it will move to Netflix with the first two seasons being available on August 28, 2020, and a third sometime in 2021.

Premise

Set 34 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, when a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. The move reignites his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his now-deceased mentor Mr. Miyagi.[2] The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate."

Running parallel to the conflict are the story arcs of Johnny and Daniel's students. Johnny opens a new Cobra Kai dojo that attracts a group of bullied nerds and social outcasts who find a camaraderie and self-confidence under his tutelage, but who take his aggressive philosophy too far, in particular his star pupil, Miguel Diaz. In contrast, Johnny's estranged son, Robby Keene, comes under the wing of Daniel, who hires the boy at his car dealership, initially not knowing that Johnny is his father. Daniel eventually proves a positive influence to the boy, teaching him Mr. Miyagi's philosophy of balance. Meanwhile, Daniel's daughter, Samantha, is caught in the middle of these conflicts as she learns who her true friends are and a better path to follow.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guest

Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue appear via archive footage from the first film as Mr. Miyagi and Ali Mills, respectively.

Episode List

For full article, see List of Cobra Kai Episodes

Season 1

  1. Ace Degenerate
  2. Strike First
  3. Esqueleto
  4. Cobra Kai Never Dies
  5. Counterbalance
  6. Quiver
  7. All Valley
  8. Molting
  9. Different but Same
  10. Mercy

Season 2

  1. Mercy Part II
  2. Back in Black
  3. Fire and Ice
  4. The Moment of Truth
  5. All In
  6. Take a Right
  7. Lull
  8. Glory of Love
  9. Pulpo
  10. No Mercy

Reception

The series has been met with highly positive critical acclaim from both critics and the public at large . On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 7.29 out of 10 based on 22 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Cobra Kai continues the Karate Kid franchise with a blend of pleasantly corny nostalgia and teen angst, elevated by a cast of well-written characters." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 72 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Cobra Kai has been praised for combining throwbacks to the original films with fresh, new storylines, combining different generations and time periods as well as dealing with dark and serious themes.

References

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