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: 44


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User Ratings: 4118

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

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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
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Critic Reviews for Cobra Kai Season 1

All Critics (44) | 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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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By focusing on one of the original movies' bad guys and the fallout from the franchise's climatic moment, this smartly written and poignant drama is a surprisingly compelling watch.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

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…

It takes encounters with struggling teenagers to set them on better paths. If that sounds cheesy, it is - but Cobra Kai is aware of that, just as it's aware of pretty much everything it's doing. It's a funny, surprisingly thoughtful series.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cobra Kai: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2020
    This is the best freaking show ever my god I did not know how much I wanted/needed this!!!
  • May 20, 2020
    I loved the movie series as a kid, and how they were able to pick up the feel. The same attachment to Daniel I felt in the first movie, transferred to Johnny as soon as it cut to him.
  • May 17, 2020
    beautiful series, takes me back to the 80s with a look to the future, contrasting the naivety of those years with the sacredness of today's young people full of technological objects
  • Apr 09, 2020
    This is so good! I recomend it! Nostalgia, karate moves and the other side of the story! I LOVE IT!
  • Feb 03, 2020
    It's the show I didn't know I needed until I saw it. Once seen, it's become the show I've seemingly waited for my whole life. At least since 1990 anyway. But it's more than just nostalgia. It's deftly written, beautifully acted, very tongue in cheek with just a sprinkling of cheese, with a great soundtrack and an accurate homage to the original Karate Kid; but even if you've never seen the original, hell, even if you weren't born until 20 yrs after the original, the story here will still make for fantastic viewing. Overall, it's a tribute to the 80's, but never overly so, and still remains modern and fresh. But what I think I like most about it is, it poses that age old quandary that what's truly right and what's truly wrong can also depend on what side of the glass you're looking through, and where you're standing while doing the looking. As in life, it's not always an easy answer. And people are more than just the sum of their parts. People are COMPLICATED, and so is life. We're all just doing the best we can with what we have to work with, and some have more to work with than others. It's simply one of the best shows on any channel, streaming or otherwise. To whatever tv gods allowed us to have this gem of a show, with almost all of the original actors making at least an appearance, a heartfelt thank you. It's done so well, it's almost as if the creators lived the show, not just watched it in a theater in the 80's. And for that I will close with, thank you for giving me back a piece of my childhood. It's nice to visit for awhile. For season 3, I'm secretly wishing and hoping for that Elisabeth Shue cameo to bring it all full ⭕️ .
  • Jan 25, 2020
    At first me and my wife watch it for the old times sake ... It was worth it !!
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Love this show, and the characters. I like the way they didn't try to do some crappy reboot, and held true to the characters. Great job guys!
  • Jan 12, 2020
    It's amazing can't wait to watch
  • Dec 29, 2019
    This is nostalgia done right but also introducing new characters that are interesting.
  • Dec 26, 2019
    A rare gem family series that success bring opener to karate kid legacy

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