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"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.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Special Guest Cast

Episode List

  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"


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Awards and Nominations

All awards are from 2018.
Award Category Recipient(s) Result
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