- "The arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film face off 30 years later."
- ―YouTube Description
The First Season of 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 and was re-released on August 27, 2020 on Netflix.
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. The first season became wildly popular with fans and critics alike, receiving universal acclaim. On May 10, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season of ten episodes that is set to premiere in 2019.
The television series takes place thirty-three years after the original film and follows the reopening of the Cobra Kai dojo by Johnny Lawrence and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.
- Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso
- William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence
- Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz
- Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso
- Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene
- Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso
- Nichole Brown as Aisha Robinson
- Hannah Kepple as Moon
- Gianni Decenzo as Demetri Alexopoulos
- Jacob Bertrand as Eli Moskowitz
- Joe Seo as Kyler
- Bo Mitchell as Brucks
- Terayle Hill as Trey
- Jeff Kaplan as Cruz
- Susan Gallagher as Lynn
- Owen Morgan as Bert
- Dan Ahdoot as Anoush Norouzi
- Bret Ernst as Louie LaRusso, Jr.
- Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz
- Annalisa Cochrane as Yasmine
- Rosa Bianco as Rosa Diaz
- Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso
Special Guest Cast
- Candace Moon as Laura Lawrence
- Randee Heller as Lucille LaRusso
- Ken Davitian as Armand Zarkarian
- David Shatraw as Tom Cole
- Martin Kove as John Kreese
- "Ace Degenerate"
- "Strike First"
- "Cobra Kai Never Dies"
- "All Valley"
- "Different but Same"
Awards and Nominations
- All awards are from 2018.
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Show||Cobra Kai||Nominated|
|Choice Summer TV Star||Xolo Maridueña||Nominated|
|Imagen Awards||Best Young Actor - Television||Xolo Maridueña||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stun Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program||Hiro Koda||Nominated|
|Rotten Tomatoes||Golden Tomato (Best TV Drama)||Cobra Kai||Won|
- Cobra Kai was released on YouTube Premium with the first two episodes being available for free.
- In 2019, YouTube announced that all Cobra Kai episodes would now be available for free with ads.
- In 2020, it was announced that YouTube had dropped Cobra Kai and the rights were bought by Netflix