Cobra Kai

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Cobra Kai
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Genre
Created by
Based on The Karate Kid
by Robert Mark Kamen
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Katrin L. Goodson
  • Bob Wilson
Production locations Atlanta, Georgia
Los Angeles, California
CinematographyCameron Duncan
Editors
  • Nicholas Monsour
  • Jeff Seibenick
  • Ivan Victor
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time22–48 minutes
Production companies
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network
Picture format 4K (UHDTV)
Audio format
Original releaseMay 2, 2018 (2018-05-02) 
present (present)

Cobra Kai is an American martial arts comedy-drama television series and a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films by Robert Mark Kamen. [2] The series was created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The series was released on YouTube Red / YouTube Premium for the first two seasons, before moving to Netflix starting with the third. The series stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film The Karate Kid and its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989).

Contents

The first and second seasons launched on YouTube Red/Premium in May 2018 and April 2019. Netflix acquired the series in June 2020 after YouTube decided to stop producing scripted original programming. The third, fourth and fifth seasons were released in January 2021, December 2021, and September 2022, respectively. In January 2023, the series was renewed for a sixth and final season.

Cobra Kai begins in the fall of 2017, and re-examines the "Miyagi-verse" narrative from Johnny's point of view, beginning with his decision to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel. [3] Cobra Kai also stars Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo, Peyton List, Vanessa Rubio and Dallas Dupree Young, with Martin Kove and Thomas Ian Griffith also reprising their roles from the films.

The series attained high viewership on both YouTube and Netflix, and has received critical acclaim for its writing, performances, action sequences, humor, character development, and homage to the previous films. It has received numerous awards and nominations, with the third season being nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Summary

Over three decades after being defeated by Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament in The Karate Kid (1984), Johnny Lawrence, now in his 50s, works as a part-time handyman and lives in an apartment in Reseda, Los Angeles, having fallen far from the wealthy lifestyle in Encino that he had been accustomed to growing up, due to suffering from depression and alcoholism after being traumatized by John Kreese's assault against him in The Karate Kid Part II (1986). He has an estranged son named Robby from a previous relationship, whom he has abandoned.

During the 2017-2018 school year, the first season follows a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence who now lives in a small apartment in Reseda, and works odd jobs. He eventually uses karate to defend his new teenage neighbor Miguel Diaz from a group of bullies, and finally agrees to train Miguel in karate (who had been pleading with him to do so). This decision also leads Johnny to resurrect Cobra Kai karate dojo as a chance to recapture his past; however, this act reawakens his rivalry with Daniel, who was a 2-time All Valley champion and is now the owner of a highly successful car dealership chain, is married to co-owner Amanda, and has two children: Samantha and Anthony. Daniel is finally living the wealthy lifestyle he envied as a kid when he lived in Reseda. However, after his friend and mentor Mr. Miyagi died, Daniel's struggle to meaningfully connect with his children has disrupted the balance in his life. Meanwhile, Johnny's dojo attracts a group of bullied social outcasts who find camaraderie and self-confidence under his tutelage, a marked contrast to the kind of students Johnny and his friends were when training in the original Cobra Kai run by Kreese. Johnny develops a bond with Miguel in a manner that resembles the relationship between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. Cobra Kai's philosophy, however, remains mostly unchanged, though Johnny tries to infuse it with more honor than Kreese did. On the other hand, Robby gets a job at Daniel's car dealership to get back at Johnny for abandoning him. Later, he develops a rivalry with Miguel reminiscent of the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny, and on May 19, he coaches Miguel towards a win at the 2018 All-Valley Karate Tournament (which also led to a loss for Robby).

The second season takes place during the summer of 2018, following Cobra Kai's victory at the 2018 All-Valley Karate Tournament, Kreese returns and his efforts to restore the dojo to its former glory begin to interfere with Johnny's attempts to reform it. Meanwhile, Daniel reopens the Miyagi-Do dojo with Robby and Sam as his students in response to Cobra Kai's success, sparking a massive rivalry between the two dojos. Johnny also briefly reunites with original Cobra Kai members, Tommy, Bobby, and Jimmy. After a brutal school brawl on the first day of school at the end of season two, Johnny is kicked out of the Cobra Kai dojo by Kreese, and agrees to partner with Daniel to bring down the dojo.

The third season takes place during the fall of 2018, and showcases the return of characters such as Ali, Chozen and Kumiko. Next, the fourth season takes place between January to May 2019, and revolves around their to decision to finish off Kreese once and for all by preparing for the next All-Valley Karate Tournament. However, things are complicated when Kreese brings in Terry Silver, his old partner and friend from The Karate Kid Part III (1989), who proves to be a more dangerous and insidious enemy than Kreese himself.

The fifth season continues in 2019, and showcases Daniel and Johnny's efforts to bring down Cobra Kai, which is now run by Silver following a cheated victory at the 2019 All-Valley Karate Tournament and Kreese being arrested after Silver frames him for attempted murder. Daniel also brings in his former rivals Chozen and Mike Barnes for help. Jessica Andrews also returns as Amanda's cousin.

Cast and characters

Main cast

CharacterActorSeasons
1 2 3 4 5
Daniel LaRusso Ralph Macchio Main
Johnny Lawrence William Zabka Main
Amanda LaRusso Courtney Henggeler Main
Miguel Diaz Xolo Maridueña Main
Robby Keene Tanner Buchanan Main
Samantha LaRusso Mary Mouser Main
Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz Jacob Bertrand Recurring Main
Demetri Alexopoulos Gianni DeCenzoRecurringMainRecurring [lower-alpha 1]
John Kreese Martin Kove Guest [lower-alpha 1] Main
Tory Nichols Peyton List Does not appearRecurring [lower-alpha 2] Main
Carmen Diaz Vanessa RubioRecurringMain
Terry Silver Thomas Ian Griffith Does not appearMain
Kenny Payne Dallas Dupree Young Does not appearRecurringMain

Supporting cast

Archival footage

The following characters only appear via archival footage from the film series:

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally releasedNetwork
1 10May 2, 2018 (2018-05-02) YouTube Red
2 10April 24, 2019 (2019-04-24) YouTube Premium
3 10January 1, 2021 (2021-01-01) Netflix
4 10December 31, 2021 (2021-12-31)
5 10September 9, 2022 (2022-09-09)

Production

The thematic genesis for Cobra Kai began with a few works of pop culture. First, the 2007 music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings stars William Zabka (who also directed the video) as a caricature of himself as Johnny, and features references to The Karate Kid, including cameo appearances by Zabka's former Karate Kid co-stars. [5] [6] In a 2010 interview, Zabka jokingly discussed this video in the context of his vision that Johnny was the true hero of the film. [7] Next in June 2010, Macchio appeared in Funny or Die's online short, "Wax On, F*ck Off", in which his loved ones stage an intervention to turn the former child star from a well-adjusted family man into an addict besieged with tabloid scandal in order to help his career (with frequent references to The Karate Kid. [8] A recurring joke in the sketch is that Macchio is confused for an adolescent. The short was lauded by TV Guide's Bruce Fretts, who referred to the video as "sidesplitting" and "comic gold". [9] Finally, in 2013, Macchio and Zabka made guest appearances as themselves in the television sitcom How I Met Your Mother ("The Bro Mitzvah"). In the episode, Macchio is invited to Barney Stinson's bachelor party, leading to Barney shouting that he hates Macchio and that Johnny was the real hero of The Karate Kid. Towards the end of the episode, a clown in the party wipes off his makeup and reveals himself as Zabka. [10] This influenced the launch of Cobra Kai, which gives a balanced perspective for Johnny, Daniel, and other characters. [11] Zabka continued to be a recurring character throughout the ninth season of the show.

Development

Cobra Kai was greenlit in August 2017, with ten half-hour episodes, written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. Although the series received offers from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and AMC, it ultimately ended up on the subscription service YouTube Red. [12] [13] The trio was joined by executive producers James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett of Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television. [14] YouTube Premium released the first season on May 2, 2018, and the second season on April 24, 2019. The creators of the series explored moving to another platform ahead of the season two premiere, but the deal did not go through. [15]

The third season was produced for YouTube and was initially set for a 2020 release, [16] [17] but in May 2020, the series left YouTube and moved to another streaming platform, ahead of its third-season premiere. As YouTube was not interested in renewing the series for a fourth season, the producers wanted to find a streaming venue that would leave that option open. [18] The show moved to Netflix in June, taking the third season with them. [19] Netflix released the first two seasons from YouTube on August 28, 2020, and the new third season on January 1, 2021. [20] A fourth season was renewed, prior to season 3 being released, [21] and was released on December 31, 2021. [22] [23] The fifth season premiered on September 9, 2022. [24] [25] In January 2023, the series was renewed for a sixth and final season. [26]

Miyagi-verse

Characters from the original four films The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), The Next Karate Kid (1994) comprise the Miyagi-verse that shapes Cobra Kai. Thus, after the launch of season 1, Elisabeth Shue (Ali Mills) from The Karate Kid, [27] [28] Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko) and Yuji Okumoto (Chozen Toguchi) from The Karate Kid II, [28] and Robyn Lively (Jessica Andrews), [29] Thomas Ian Griffith (Terry Silver), and Sean Kanan (Mike Barnes) [30] from The Karate Kid III, all discussed their interest in the series. [31] [32]

Since 2019, there has been a discussion about the potential involvement of Hilary Swank (Julie Pierce, The Next Karate Kid ) in Cobra Kai. When asked about her involvement, she said that it would be a chance to have a "showdown" with Ralph Macchio. [33] In 2020, the writers added that they spoke about every character appearing in the Miyagi-verse, including Julie Pierce, but they were not sure whether she will return or not in the franchise. [34] Later in 2022, when again asked about her potential involvement, Swank stated that she is "not in Cobra Kai, no one's asked me to be in Cobra Kai...no one's called me!...but it's so funny, isn't it, that's the one thing I get asked the most and no one's called me?" [35] A few weeks later, Ralph Macchio responded to questions about her comments by stating that "most of this rests on Jon (Hurwitz), Josh (Heald), and Hayden (Schlossberg) who create the show, and the writing staff. And we're always very collaborative and we always talk through things. They are great listeners and that's why, like I said, they care, and I care. So, I think that's why everything's working. I think there's certainly room in the Miyagi-verse...You would imagine that Julie Pierce and Daniel LaRusso knew each other even though we don't have those scenes and I'm not a part of that specific film. These guys just amaze me all the time with what they're able to create, and the fact that they just don't create it for fan service. They really create stories that work and enhance characters. And then the fact that it's fan service as well is why I think it's working on all cylinders. So, there's my long answer to the short question that I really don't know, but I expect if there's an opportunity it will be taken up on." [36]

Jon Hurwitz has also clarified that The Karate Kid animated series is not part of the Miyagi-verse canon, but an Easter egg from it appears in the season 3, in response to the question about its status within the Karate Kid franchise. [37] The Easter egg was the Miyagi-Do shrine, briefly seen at Chozen Toguchi's dojo in Okinawa halfway through the season. The artifacts were recovered by Daniel LaRusso and Mister Miyagi in the short-lived Karate Kid animated series, which ran for thirteen episodes in 1989. [38] Furthermore, the writers have also said that they will not be using characters from the 2010 film The Karate Kid , as they are not a part of the "Miyagi-verse": "We've ruled that out completely. Jackie Chan is mentioned in season 1 of the show as an actor, so I think in our world, Jackie Chan is an actor and a performer. If the characters on our show have seen a movie called The Karate Kid, they've seen that one." [39]

Casting

In season 1, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprised their respective Karate Kid roles of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. Additional Karate Kid actors included Randee Heller, who reprised her role as Lucille LaRusso (Daniel's mother), [40] and Martin Kove, who revived his role as John Kreese. [41] The cast list for season 1 included Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, and Courtney Henggeler. Ed Asner was cast in a guest role as Johnny's verbally abusive step-father, Sid Weinberg. [42] [43] Vanessa Rubio joined the cast as Miguel's mother. [44]

In season 2, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Mariduena, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, and Courtney Henggeler all returned, [41] with Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo, and Martin Kove being promoted to series regulars and newcomers Paul Walter Hauser and Peyton List joining the cast. [45] [46] Actors from The Karate Kid, Rob Garrison (Tommy), Ron Thomas (Bobby), Tony O'Dell (Jimmy), and Randee Heller (Lucille LaRusso) made guest appearances during this season.

In season 3, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Mariduena, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, and Courtney Henggeler all returned. Actors from The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid II, Elisabeth Shue  (Ali Mills), Ron Thomas (Bobby), Tamlyn Tomita  (Kumiko), Traci Toguchi (Yuna), and  Yuji Okumoto  (Chozen Toguchi) all made guest appearances during this season.

In season 4, Vanessa Rubio and Peyton List were promoted to series regulars, [47] while Dallas Dupree Young and Oona O'Brien were cast in recurring roles. [47] In addition, Thomas Ian Griffith reprised his role as Terry Silver from The Karate Kid III , [48] and actors from The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid II, Yuji Okumoto  (Chozen Toguchi) [49] and Randee Heller (Lucille LaRusso), made guest appearances.

In season 5, Yuji Okumoto had a recurring role as Chozen Toguchi. [50] In addition, Sean Kanan reprised his role as Mike Barnes and Robyn Lively reprised her role as Jessica Andrews from The Karate Kid III. [51] Alicia Hannah-Kim also joined the cast as Kim Da-Eun. Dallas Dupree Young, who joined the show in season four as Kenny Payne, was upgraded to a series regular. [52]

Filming

Principal photography for the first season began in October 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Filming took place at various locations throughout that month at places including Union City, Marietta, and the Briarcliff Campus of Emory University. [53] In November, shooting moved to locales such as the North Atlanta Soccer Association Tophat fields in East Cobb. [54] In December, the production was working out of Marietta and Conyers. [55] Various exterior shots were also filmed in parts of Los Angeles such as Tarzana and Encino. [56] Exterior locations included Golf N' Stuff in Norwalk and the South Seas Apartments in Reseda, both of which were originally featured in The Karate Kid. [57]

Principal photography for the second season began in September 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. In October, production continued around Atlanta with shooting also occurring in Marietta. [58] In November, the series was filming in Union City. [59] In December, shooting transpired at the closed Rio Bravo Cantina restaurant in Atlanta. [60]

Principal photography for the fourth season began in February 2021 and ended in April in Atlanta, Georgia. [61]

Filming for the fifth season began in September 2021 and finished in December. [62]

Release

Marketing

The series was promoted at the annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour held in January 2018, when YouTube's global head of original content Susanne Daniels described the show: "It is a half an hour format but I would call it a dramedy. I think it leans into the tone of the movies in that there are dramatic moments throughout. I think it's very faithful really in some ways to what the movie set about doing, the lessons imparted in the movie if you will. It's next generation Karate Kid." [63]

Several trailers for the show were released from February [64] [65] [66] to March, before the premiere date was revealed to be May 2. [67]

YouTube Premium released a six-minute commercial parodying ESPN's 30 for 30 in April 2019, featuring the main cast members and select ESPN personalities analyzing the 1984 match between Daniel and Johnny. [68] [69] It was nominated for a Clio Award. [70]

Premiere

The series held its world premiere on April 24, 2018, at the SVA Theatre in New York City, New York, during the annual Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, a discussion was held with writers, directors, and executive producers Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, and Josh Heald, in addition to series stars and co-executive producers William Zabka and Ralph Macchio. [71]

YouTube partnered with Fathom Events for special screenings of the first two episodes of the series at around 700 movie theaters across the United States. The event also included a screening of the original film. [72] [73]

Reception

Critical response

Critical response of Cobra Kai
Season Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1100% (49 reviews)72 (11 reviews)
290% (31 reviews)66 (7 reviews)
390% (51 reviews)72 (15 reviews)
495% (37 reviews)70 (8 reviews)
5100% (35 reviews)78 (7 reviews)

All five seasons of Cobra Kai have received positive critical reviews. At the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the entire series received a 95% approval rating. [74] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series holds an average rating of 71 out of 100. [75]

The first season had a positive response from critics. At Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 100% approval rating, with an average score of 7.5 out of 10 based on 49 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads: "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." [76] Cobra Kai was 2018's best-reviewed TV drama on Rotten Tomatoes. [77] Metacritic assigned the season a score of 72 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [78]

The second season had a positive response from critics. At the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an 90% approval rating with an average score of 7.4 out of 10, based on 31 reviews. Its critical consensus reads: "While Cobra Kai's subversive kick no longer carries the same gleeful impact of its inaugural season, its second round is still among the best around – no amount of mid-life crisis and teenage ennui's ever gonna keep it down." [79] Metacritic's weighted average assigned the second season a score of 66 out of 100, based on seven critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [80]

The third season of the series had a positive response from critics. At the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an 90% approval rating, with an average score of 8 out of 10 based on 51 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads: "By pairing its emotional punches with stronger humor, Cobra Kai's third season finds itself in fine fighting form." [81] On Metacritic with its weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [82]

The fourth season had a positive response from critics. It received a 95% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating, with an average score of 7.9 out of 10 based on 37 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads: "Cobra Kai still delights in a fourth season that mines great fun from shifting alliances, chiefly the uneasy truce between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso." [83] [84] Metacritic's weighted average assigned the fourth season a score of 70 out of 100, based on eight critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [85]

The fifth season has received a positive response from critics. It has received a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 100%, with an average rating of 8 out of 10 based on 33 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Deftly managing an expanded roster of punchy personalities, Cobra Kai graduates to a black belt proficiency in heartfelt melodrama and sly humor." [86] On Metacritic, it has received a weighted score of 78 out of 100, based on seven critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [87]

Viewership

YouTube

The first episode, which was posted on YouTube for free along with episode two, had been viewed 5.4 million times within the first 24 hours. [88] While it was noted that the response had been, in part, a result of YouTube releasing the episode for free, it was noted by Cinema Blend's Britt Lawrence that YouTube Red's new series debuted to numbers that made rival streaming services take notice. [89] By October 30, 2018, ahead of the second-season premiere, YouTube was promoting the report that the first episode had then been viewed over 50 million times. [90] The first episode was No. 8 on YouTube's list of ten top-trending videos of 2018. [91]

According to market research company Parrot Analytics, the first season of Cobra Kai was the world's most in-demand streaming television show during May 2018. [92] Parrot Analytics later reported that the second season of Cobra Kai was the world's most in-demand digital television show during April [93] and through May 2019. [94] As of September 2020, the season 1 premiere has over 90 million views, [95] and the season 2 premiere has over 86 million views. [96]

Netflix

After the series moved to Netflix in August 2020, season 1 and season 2 of Cobra Kai became the most-watched series on the platform. [97] It was the most-watched show on streaming media in the United States between August 29 and September 6, according to Nielsen ratings. During the week, the show's 20 episodes drew nearly 2.2 billion streaming minutes in the United States. [98] The first season was watched on Netflix by 50 million member households in its first four weeks, [99] making Cobra Kai the most-streamed show on Netflix during the month of September 2020. [100] [101]

In February 2021, after the release of season 3, Forbes announced that it "kicked off 2021 as one of most viewed original series on a streaming platform". During the period of December 28, 2020 January 3, 2021, it came in "second only to Netflix's Bridgerton", with over 2.6 billion viewing minutes. [102] Cobra Kai then moved to first place during the period of January 4–10, 2021. [103] Critics also offered cultural commentary in response to season three. Jen Yamato of Los Angeles Times stated that by the end of season three, there are three white men at the center of Cobra Kai, a franchise rooted in and deeply indebted to Eastern tradition. [104] Gustavo Arellano of Los Angeles Times suggested that Cobra Kai offers a "way forward for all of us during these tumultuous times", as he saw this uplifting season 3 finale the weekend before the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol invasion. [105] The Hollywood Reporter , former NBA champion and student of martial arts Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested that his friend and teacher, the late Bruce Lee, was linked to the influence of the original Karate Kid films. [106] Finally, Albert Wu and Michelle Kuo of the Los Angeles Review of Books argued that while the original Karate Kid "film functioned as a post-Vietnam critique of American empire, staking its position explicitly: pacifism over violence, peace over war, an admittedly romanticized version of Eastern wisdom over the macho bravado of jock culture", Cobra Kai "models" the "unending appeal" of the "American Empire". [107]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV ShowCobra KaiNominated [108] [109]
Choice Summer TV StarXolo MaridueñaNominated
Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – TelevisionXolo MaridueñaNominated [110] [111]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Hiro KodaNominated [112]
2019 Shorty Awards Best Web SeriesCobra KaiNominated [113]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Hiro KodaNominated [112]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV ShowCobra KaiNominated [114]
Clio Awards Television/Streaming: Social Media-30 for 30 Cobra KaiNominated [70] [69] [68]
2021 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Family TV ShowCobra KaiNominated [115]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Show Cobra KaiNominated [116]
Best Fight "Finale House Fight"Nominated
Best Musical Moment "I Wanna Rock"Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series Cobra KaiNominated [117]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Streaming Series, ComedyCobra KaiNominated [118]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Caleeb Pinkett, Susan Ekins, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Luan Thomas, Joe Piarulli, Michael Jonathan Smith, Stacey Harman, Bob Dearden and Bob WilsonNominated [119]
[120]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation Patrick Hogan, Jesse Pomeroy, Daniel Salas, Ryne Gierke, AJ Shapiro, Andres Locsey, Shane Bruce and Mitchell Kohen (for "December 19")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation Joe DeAngelis, Chris Carpenter, Mike Filosa and Phil McGowan (for "December 19")Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Performance Jahnel Curfman, Julia Maggio, John Cihangir and Marc Canonizado (for "December 19")Nominated
People's Choice Awards The Show of 2021Cobra KaiNominated [121]
The Drama Show of 2021Nominated
The Bingeworthy Show of 2021Nominated
2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series Cobra KaiNominated [122]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Family TV ShowCobra KaiNominated [123]
People's Choice Awards The Drama Show of 2022Cobra KaiNominated [124]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and AnimationPatrick Hogan, Daniel Salas, Jesse Pomeroy, Gary DeLeone, Nick Papalia, Andres Locsey, and Mitchell Cohen (for "The Rise)Nominated [125]
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Ken BarefieldNominated
Saturn Awards Best Action/Adventure Television Series (Streaming) Cobra KaiNominated [126]

Home media

During the show's time on YouTube Red, Cobra Kai was not released on DVD, [127] but once the show made its move to Netflix, Sony Pictures released the first and second seasons in a "Collector's Edition" DVD set on November 24, 2020 in the United States. [128] In 2022, Sony Pictures released the third season in January [129] [130] and the fourth in September, both in the United States. [131]

Key
  = Available only on DVD
  = Available only on Blu-ray
  = Available on both DVD & Blu-ray
SeasonRelease date
Region 1 [132] Region 2/B [133] Region 2/B
(Germany) [134]
Region 4/B [135]
1 & 2November 24, 2020May 4, 2020 (DVD)
December 21, 2020 (Blu-ray)
January 14, 2022 (LE)No release
1No releaseNo releaseDecember 17, 2020August 14, 2019
2No releaseNo releaseDecember 17, 2020May 7, 2020
3January 11, 2022January 17, 2022July 10, 2022 (LE)January 12, 2022
4September 13, 2022October 17, 2022TBANovember 9, 2022

Soundtracks

Cobra Kai: Wax Off – EP

Cobra Kai: Wax Off – EP
EP by
Leo Birenberg
& Zach Robinson
ReleasedJuly 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
Genre Soundtrack
Length13:45
Label Madison Gate Records
Leo Birenberg
& Zach Robinson chronology
Cobra Kai: Season 3 (Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)
(2021)
Cobra Kai: Wax Off – EP
(2021)
Cobra Kai: Season 4, Vol. 1 "All Valley Tournament 51" (Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)
(2022)

Madison Gate Records released an extended play entitled Cobra Kai: Wax Off – EP on July 23, 2021, featuring extended versions of four previously released tracks from the first two seasons soundtracks. [136]

Track listing

All music is composed by Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson.

No.TitleLength
1."Quiver – Extended"3:51
2."Cobra Guy – Extended"2:31
3."A Badass Name for a Dojo – Extended"3:02
4."Sam and Robby – Extended"4:20
Total length:13:45

Video games

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues, a video game based on the series, was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2020, and for Microsoft Windows on January 5, 2021. [137]

A mobile game entitled Cobra Kai: Card Fighter was released on March 19, 2021, on iOS and Android devices. [138]

Book

In 2022, Ralph Macchio published the memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me (Dutton), in which he reflects upon the making of and legacy of the Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai. [139]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ralph Macchio</span> American actor (born 1961)

Ralph George Macchio Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for playing Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid films and in Cobra Kai, a sequel television series. He also played Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Jeremy Andretti in Eight Is Enough, Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, and Archie Rodriguez in Ugly Betty, and had a recurring role as Officer Haddix in The Deuce.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">William Zabka</span> American actor (born 1965)

William Michael Zabka is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and the TV series Cobra Kai (2018–present). In 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing and producing the short film Most.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Martin Kove</span> American actor (born 1947)

Martin Kove is an American actor. He is best known for his role as John Kreese, the main antagonist of The Karate Kid (1984). He reprised the role in The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), and the television series Cobra Kai (2018–present). Kove also appeared as Nero the Hero in Death Race 2000 (1975), and afterward as Clem in White Line Fever (1975). He was a regular on the TV series Cagney and Lacey (1982–1988), portraying Police Detective Victor Isbecki. He appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

<i>The Karate Kid Part III</i> 1989 American martial arts drama film

The Karate Kid Part III is a 1989 American martial arts drama film, the third entry in the Karate Kid franchise and a sequel to The Karate Kid Part II (1986). It stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, and Thomas Ian Griffith in his film debut. As was the case with the first two films in the series, it was directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, with stunts choreographed by Pat E. Johnson and music composed by Bill Conti. In the film, the returning John Kreese, with the help of his best friend Terry Silver, attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi which involves hiring a ruthless martial artist and harming their relationship.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mary Mouser</span> American actress (born 1996)

Mary Mouser is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Samantha LaRusso in the Netflix series Cobra Kai, and Lacey Fleming on the ABC series Body of Proof. She also took over the role of Karen Grant, Fitz & Mellie's daughter on Scandal in Season 4.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Daniel LaRusso</span> Protagonist of The Karate Kid franchise

Daniel LaRusso is a fictional character in the Karate Kid franchise. He is the main protagonist of the Karate Kid film trilogy and one of the main characters in its spin-off series Cobra Kai. He is portrayed by Ralph Macchio.

The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama franchise created by Robert Mark Kamen. The series follows the journey of various coming-of-age teenagers who are taught in the ways of martial arts by an experienced mentor in order to stand up for themselves after being bullied, or assert their dominance towards others.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jacob Bertrand</span> American actor

Jacob Bertrand is an American actor who began his career as a child actor appearing in the 2009 film Duress and playing guest roles on television series such as The Cape and The Middle. He is known for playing the titular character in the 2014 Disney XD series Kirby Buckets, and Jack Malloy in the 2016 Disney Channel Original Movie The Swap. Since 2018, Bertrand has played the series regular role of Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz in the YouTube Premium and Netflix series Cobra Kai.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Johnny Lawrence (character)</span> Fictional character from the Karate Kid franchise

Johnny Lawrence is a fictional character of the Karate Kid media franchise. Played by William Zabka, he appears in the films The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III, and the sequel television series Cobra Kai.

Courtney Healy Henggeler is an American actress known for her starring role as Amanda LaRusso in the Netflix comedy-drama television series Cobra Kai. She is also known as playing the adult version of Sheldon Cooper's twin sister, Missy, in The Big Bang Theory.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rob Garrison</span> American actor (1960–2019)

Robert Scott Garrison was an American actor known for his role as Tommy in the 1984 film The Karate Kid and the second season of its spinoff Cobra Kai.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Susanne Daniels</span>

Susanne Lieberstein Daniels is an American entertainment executive, producer, and author. She developed TV shows such as Dawson's Creek, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, and Cobra Kai, and YouTube livestream events with artists including Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Paul McCartney.

<i>Cobra Kai</i> (season 1) Season of television series

The first season of Cobra Kai was released on YouTube Red on May 2, 2018 and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film.

<i>Cobra Kai</i> (season 2) Season of television series

The second season of Cobra Kai, stylized as COBRA KAII, was released on YouTube Premium on April 24, 2019, and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film. This is the final season to be originally released on YouTube's streaming service as Netflix would acquire the streaming rights to Cobra Kai following YouTube's decision not to renew the series past a third season.

<i>Cobra Kai</i> (season 3) Season of television series

The third season of Cobra Kai, stylized as COBRA KAIII, was released on Netflix on January 1, 2021, and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film. This is the first season to be released on Netflix after YouTube decided to sell the series following the first two seasons. YouTube ordered the season in 2019 and initially set a 2020 release date which was delayed after Netflix's acquisition.

<i>Cobra Kai</i> (season 4) Season of television series

The fourth season of Cobra Kai, also known as Cobra Kai IV, released on Netflix on December 31, 2021, and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film. It is the second season to be released in 2021 and second to initially release on Netflix after the first two seasons released on YouTube. The season was also released on DVD on September 13, 2022, a few days after the premiere of the show's fifth season.

<i>Cobra Kai</i> (season 5) Season of television series

The fifth season of Cobra Kai, also known as Cobra Kai V, was released to Netflix on September 9, 2022, and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film. This is the third season to be released to Netflix.

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Notes

  1. 1 2 Credited as a "Special Guest Star".
  2. Despite being credited as a recurring guest star, List was frequently listed alongside other starring cast members in promotional material for the third season. [4]
  3. Despite being credited as a recurring guest star, Brown appeared in every episode of the second season.
  4. Despite having appeared in several episodes of the first season, Morgan remained uncredited until the episode "Different but Same".
  5. Despite being credited as a recurring guest star, Okumoto appeared in every episode of the fifth season.
  6. Despite having appeared in several episodes of the fifth season, Woodley remained uncredited until the episode "Head of the Snake".
  7. Despite having appeared in several episodes of the fifth season, Thompson remained uncredited for all his appearances.