Cobra Kai: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Cobra Kai

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 43


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3972
User image


Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018
Air date: May 2, 2018

Cobra Kai: Season 1 Videos

Tv Season Info

The arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film face off 30 years later.


Ralph Macchio
as Daniel LaRusso
William Zabka
as Johnny Lawrence
Courtney Henggeler
as Amanda LaRusso
Xolo Mariduena
as Miguel Diaz
Tanner Buchanan
as Robby Keene
Mary Matilyn Mouser
as Samantha LaRusso
Mary Mouser
as Samantha LaRusso
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Cobra Kai: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Cobra Kai Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14)

But if we must reboot our beloved old favorites, it's much better to see it done like this, using the passage of time as an asset and a way into a different story about the same people, than as a cheap rehash...

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series should appeal to savvy teens who delight in mildly transgressive content and to those nursing their nostalgia like Daniel and Johnny do.

May 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

This series has an underdog spirit of its own, even if it's not quite the triumphant crane kick it could be.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The main reason it succeeds is that all involved had a vision for why they wanted to revisit The Karate Kid more than three decades later.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

As Miyagi famously taught, Cobra Kai finds a balance, and it's between nostalgia and sacrilege. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

You might have a good idea of how all of these pieces are going to intersect, but the real fun is in watching these characters come together in interesting ways.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If Cobra Kai shows us anything it's that just because some characters are dated, it doesn't mean that they don't still have valuable stories left to tell - and when they're this good, they should be told.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

This could all fall apart pretty easily... but right now I like the harsh tone and unsparing assessment of misguided men stumbling into something bigger than either of them.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I struggled with the premise of middle-aged white dudes reigniting their rivalry, but while I doubt I'll binge the first season, my interest has definitely been piqued.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What the series does to strike balance is not provide a real "Good vs. Bad" plot, but a more complex, realistic look into familiar characters, and backstory behind some new faces.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cobra Kai: Season 1

  • Aug 09, 2019
    Absolutely loved this. Best thing i watched in 2018. Perfect combination of legit drama, comedy and respectful an funny references to the original. Don't doubt this show, it is so much better than you might expect. Great family show - watched it with my kids, we all loved it, as did all the other dads in the neighborhood!
  • Aug 04, 2019
    Binged the first and second season. Even when it's corny it's still great, and when it's emotional it actually hits.
  • Jul 19, 2019
    I signed up for YouTube Premium solely for this show. I loooove that they brought back the original actors, and their chemistry working together hasn't skipped a beat. Cobra Kai is AMAZING and a must watch series for fans of the original Karate Kid. Well done, YouTube, well done...
  • Jul 10, 2019
    We needed a show like this in a long time! Definitely not an ordinary reboot if that's what most of you guys are worried about. If you've been waiting for a show that dissects every possible character to the core, this is it!
  • Jun 30, 2019
    I cannot believe how good this is..
  • Jun 15, 2019
    Casually watched episode 1 last night. Ive officially binged all of season 1 now. This is the smartest show I've seen since Crazy Ex-girlfriend. The characters are intelligent, complex and endearing. And the nostalgia is done cleverly and humorously. I mean, dude, Johnny Lawrence is obsessed with Iron Eagle!!
  • Jun 13, 2019
    Cobra Kai's first season builds upon the legacy of the Karate Kid. The action, humor, and drama blend nicely. The characters have depth and the plot twists are unpredictable. Cobra Kai season one will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
  • Jun 01, 2019
    Phenomenal ! It ia not just nostalgic it ia fun. The karate kid is back and brought a whole lot of humor.
  • May 31, 2019
    This show brings back nastolgia in the right way in bringing back the world of the karate kid. When making remakes tips should definitely be taken from Cobra Kai.
  • May 14, 2019
    I have seen the first season. I admit I'm completely baffled by its popularity. Certainly all entertainment is subjective but both lead characters are written to be as unlikeable as possible. Johnny speaks like he's at a Trump rally and Daniel is an arrogant, terrible father. To each their own I guess.

News & Features