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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Critic Ratings: 44

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Air date: May 2, 2018
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The arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film face off 30 years later.

Cast

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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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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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 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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Cobra Kai: Season 1

  • Oct 30, 2019
    Perfect! This is how you come back to characters after not seeing them for so many years.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    A fun and refreshing take on an old classic.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    I loved it. The true Karate Kid Sequel
  • Oct 24, 2019
    To Daniel Larusso I hope you guys could settle with your feelings without fighting only self-defense tell you your wife karate has been your life she has no right to take it away from you get a divorce and go back to Miyagi dojo karate
  • Oct 20, 2019
    great show, second season not as good as the first but still decent...wondering why we cant rate season 2
  • Oct 16, 2019
    A little something for everyone 10/10
  • Oct 10, 2019
    Amazing series pls do watch it especially karate fans
  • Oct 04, 2019
    This show is better than any show deserves to be. Literally a perfect show that actually utilizes the source material for all its worth and pays respect to one of the most iconic movies of all time.
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Cobra kai takes place 34 years after the events of 1984 karate kid. We see returing characters like Daniel and Johnny . With whole new characters in the franchise with great solid story telling and with a great shocking suprise ending in the last episode this is great karate tv show to watch.
  • Sep 28, 2019
    Cobra Kai is phenomenally well done on so many levels. My wife and I both can't wait for more episodes. It could, of course, like many series, overstay its welcome, but season 1 (and so far 2) don't disappoint. Cobra Kai is the 'sequel' to the 1984 movie Karate Kid, a pretty good film about karate and bullying. 30 years later, where are the characters? This show works on multiple levels: 1) as nostalgia for the 80s and the original film. They keep bringing back original characters, and you keep going 'isn't that...?' Cool. Ralph Macchio is decent, but Zabka steals the show doing his shtick as the ex-bully living in his past and at rock bottom. Replete with old cars, music and disdain for modern culture - like he was an unfrozen 80s Encino Man. Funny and sad and mostly fun to watch. 2) But Karate Kid is merely the framework and the hook to lure in viewers. Unlike some other franchise reboots that flopped miserably trying to cash in on viewers' fond memories, 'Cobra Kai' presents a fresh set of insights into characters - Zabka is not just a cardboard bully from the movie. He was bullied himself, and struggled to be the best and please his elders. He is scarred, and actually trying to do something positive with his life - where his students, especially Miguel, teach HIM about doing the right thing. Macchio, despite good intentions, is scarred by his experience with the original Cobra Kai, and bullies and cajoles to end Zabka and Kai. 3) The 'next generation' - the children and students of Macchio and Zabka, are not just thrust into the limelight to replace the wheezing geezers as they are shown the door (Star Wars, anyone?). They are organically brought in to the story for their own angsty reasons - they don't just show up because. Then the generations start to influence each other - Zabka turns his students into the same old stormtroopers the old Kai was (Hawk!) while realizing at the same time maybe he is doing them a disservice because he actually CARES about them like he failed to do with his own son. Macchio likewise tries to compete with Cobra Kai on its own terms, realizing finally that it is not all about himself and that there is a different path Miyagi tried to teach him. The kid's stories are equally compelling, although perhaps a bit more teen soapish. Their motivations and actions interweave with the main storylines as much as the teachers. Miguel especially, in season 1, is the fresh, upbeat inspiration Zabka doesn't know he needs. And his naivete is hilarious. OK, some of the dialog is cheesy, and some of the fight scenes maybe lack polish, but that can more than be forgiven in what I can only describe as the best TV series reboot ever.

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