Cobra Kai: Season 1

Cobra Kai: Season 1

Cobra Kai: Season 1

Taking place 30 years after The Karate Kid, this sequel series follows a middle-aged Johnny Lawrence looking to clean up his act and revive the Cobra Kai dojo. However, this respectable restart doesn't go down well with his old rival Daniel LaRusso...

2018USA
ActionComedyMartial Arts

Streaming (2 Providers)

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Ace Degenerate

Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley... More 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.”

EPISODE 1.2

Strike First

Present day Daniel LaRusso lives a charmed life. That is,... More until he sees that the Cobra Kai dojo, the source of his teenage angst and rivalry, has been reestablished by Johnny Lawrence. Struggling to launch the business, Johnny starts teaching karate to his teenage neighbor Miguel. Daniel faces his former opponent and old offenses are quickly reignited.

EPISODE 1.3

Esqueleto

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

EPISODE 1.4

Cobra Kai Never Dies

When Daniel’s car dealership billboard is sprayed with lewd graffiti,... More 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.

EPISODE 1.5

Counterbalance

Daniel tries to strike a shady deal to undermine Johnny’s... More dojo. Meanwhile, Johnny expands his enrollment ranks in the dojo. Miguel puts his karate practice into reality as Samantha faces rejection in school.

EPISODE 1.6

Quiver

Johnny’s dojo class attracts a group of misfits while his... More 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.

EPISODE 1.7

All Valley

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

EPISODE 1.8

Molting

Johnny prepares his Cobra Kai students for the next All... More 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.

EPISODE 1.9

Different But Same

Despite Johnny’s efforts to move forward, he confronts Daniel about... More 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.

EPISODE 1.10

Mercy

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

Cobra Kai: Season 1 | Reviews

100%49 reviews

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

All reviews on Rotten Tomatoes
IndieWire

IndieWire

The energetic if not terribly sophisticated martial arts choreography is entertaining, and a fight sequence that takes place in the school cafeteria is fun in a completely unrealistic way. Perhaps because of its throwback vibe, “Cobra Kai” is able to get away with some of its more problematic issues.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The thing you don't expect is for Cobra Kai to be pretty decent and to fill its entire first season with enough homages, twists and reversals to be much more consistently entertaining than it has any right to be.

Full review
Collider

Collider

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.

Full review
Variety

Variety

This show gets a lot of things right from the perfect amount of references and music from the original and the acid-washed 1980s where the movie reigned supreme to the impressive casting and acting. .... That said, Cobra Kai relies on coincidence far too often even for a show spawned from the decade of decadence.

Full review
Vulture

Vulture

Even if Cobra Kai is a little too in love with its evocations of the movie, there is still something compelling about seeing Johnny and Daniel back together, particularly because both men haven’t changed in key ways and have different ways of grappling with and denying that.

Full review
CNN

CNN

For the most part, it's an extremely clever revival, an overachiever that knowingly plays off the title's kitsch factor while evolving the characters and augmenting the cast in savvy ways.

Full review
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying this show as much as those of us who grew up on the original.

Full review