Cobra Kai: Season 1 (2018)

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Cobra Kai

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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.

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny Lawrence's life has taken a rocky turn as he tries to forget a past that constantly haunts him. He seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. But the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry of yesteryear is reignited when their lives become intertwined with the next generation of "karate kids." -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Daniel LaRusso leads a comfortable life until he learns that his rival old has returned, reopening the dojo that housed so much of his teenage issues. Meanwhile, Johnny begins coaching his neighbor, a teen boy named Miguel, in karate.

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Johnny tries to recruit more students to join the dojo. Troubled by his daughter's friends, Daniel chaperones her high school costume dance. Johnny takes Miguel's training seriously and starts creating a badass. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

When Daniel's car dealership billboard is sprayed with lewd graffiti, it consumes Daniel and escalates tensions against a rival. Robby, Johnny's delinquent son, is embarrassed about his father and his new dojo. The bullying escalates against Miguel and motivates Johnny in a surprising way. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Daniel tries to strike a shady deal to undermine Johnny's dojo. Meanwhile, Johnny expands his enrollment ranks in the dojo. Miguel puts his karate practice into reality as Samantha faces rejection in school. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Johnny's dojo class attracts a group of misfits while his son Robby, who harbors ulterior motives, lands a new job. Samantha makes a new friend in science class. Daniel inspires interest in karate from an unlikely person. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Daniel takes on teaching his new pupil using the unconventional techniques from Mr. Miyagi. Robby is tempted to return to his delinquent ways. Johnny helps Miguel with his first date. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Johnny prepares his Cobra Kai students for the next All Valley Karate Tournament and in turn, he is inspired to clean up his life. Daniel is still unaware of his new pupil's background. But as events unfold, it seems nothing has changed between Daniel and Johnny in 30 years. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Despite Johnny's efforts to move forward, he confronts Daniel about the assault on his property. An attempt to appease Johnny makes them revisit the past together. Miguel senses Samantha is lying to him. The dojo students try to intimidate the popular kids at a party. -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Air date: May 2, 2018

The highly-anticipated All Valley Karate Tournament brings Johnny and Daniel on opposite sides again, except this time, the new generation of karate students are the combatants. Who will pay the price for ultimate victory? -- (C) YOUTUBE

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Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the "Karate Kid" films.

Cast & Crew

William Zabka
Johnny Lawrence
Ralph Macchio
Daniel LaRusso
Courtney Henggeler
Amanda LaRusso
Tanner Buchanan
Robby Keene
Mary Mouser
Samantha LaRusso
Joe Seo
Kyler
Bret Ernst
Louie LaRusso, Jr.
Hannah Kepple
Moon
Griffin Santopietro
Anthony LaRusso
Nichole Brown
Aisha Robinson
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Audience Reviews for Cobra Kai: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    This is my favorite season of any tv show ever. The Karate Kid also happens to be my favorite movie ever. I have nothing bad to say about this season. The story and the acting are great. It's also very funny and it has some genuinely touching moments. The character arcs for the main characters play out beautifully. Everything was very well thought out. This season is an absolute crowd pleaser.
  • 2d ago
    At first, I was not sure about this.. after all it is a 'reboot' on Netflix.. but holy smokes, this show quickly drew me in. It is far more complex than This is the Bad Guy and this is the Good Guy like in the Karate Kid movies. There is real character development and growth through out the series. Both the two male leads are complex with great facets and flaws, which makes this show compelling to watch!
  • 2d ago
    Although it did feel like another conventional teen drama type of show at times, Johnny and Daniel's rivalry kept it interesting especially towards the end. Almost mirroring Johnny and Daniel's rivalry was Robby and Miguel's rivalry which they executed pretty well.
  • Jul 16, 2021
    In this century, we have seen a lot of sequels/reboots of beloved classics fall short or fail completely. Cobra Kai could do wrong. Set 34 years after the events of The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai reintroduces you to the badass karate and the fan favourite characters, while introducing an interesting new generations of Karate Kids, each bringing their own style to the show. William Zabka and Ralph Machhio shine in their returning roles as rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, with the pair slipping back into these characters flawlessly, particularly Zabka.
  • Jul 14, 2021
    Fantastic series. If you loved the original Karate Kid movies and are a fan of 1980's nostalgia, you'll get a kick out of Cobra Kai. With an 80's style soundtrack and riveting storylines this is worth binge watching over a rainy weekend.
  • Jul 10, 2021
    Loved all three seasons. Really looking forward to season four. So cool to see all the original characters and the cliffhangers just make you want to binge watch. Love it!
  • Jul 03, 2021
    After 30 years of the beloved ‘80s classic, 2018 brings us back the franchise the we have been longing for a long time. Cobra Kai has a top-notch script, and some idiosyncratic yet zealous characters. While the swearing does make the show much more darker than the original three, Cobra Kai still delivers what we saw in The Karate Kid.
  • Jun 12, 2021
    Cobrai Kai is fun, enthusiastic and brimming to the rim with nostalgia.
  • Jun 12, 2021
    Yeah, everything great about this series is 100% accurate! This show is awesome! Characters are great, all the individual plots are great, it's all just great! If I had one complaint, some of the teenagers are just the stereotypical bullies or popular girls, which can be a little bit disappointing. That and how all the plots intertwine is a little Forced. However, that's really the only complaint I have. This show so far has saved Johnny (easily the worse part of the original movie), and made the two other subpar films more important (not good, but important). Please, go watch it, don't wait as long as I did to watch this surprise from 2018. Netflix TV is truly back, take that Disney+! (Don't worry I like Disney+ too, calm down)
  • Jun 09, 2021
    Cobra Kai is an amazing series that is one of my personal favorites to watch...every season was strong and very well done!

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