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  • Summary: 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is running a successful car dealerships business while his old rival Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is seeking to turn his life around by reopening the Cobra Kai dojo.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Apr 25, 2018
    83
    Cobra Kai manages to give Karate Kid fans exactly what they want, while using the template of the original to launch new characters aimed at younger viewers. ... But it’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying this show as much as those of us who grew up on the original.
  2. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    May 2, 2018
    75
    All the trite talk of nerds and mean girls feels like it’s from a forgettable teen soap. But the foundation of Cobra Kai is solid: Not only does it deliver on the ’80s retro fun we expect--yes, Johnny and Daniel do face off across a karate mat once again--but it goes beyond that, forcing us to grapple with exactly why we want to see Johnny and Daniel face off again so badly.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 2, 2018
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 1, 2018
    70
    It’s compulsively watchable, emotionally engaging, and almost always one step ahead of where you think it’s going.
  5. Reviewed by: Mekeisha Madden Toby
    May 2, 2018
    70
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Trumbore
    May 2, 2018
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Rafer Guzmán
    May 1, 2018
    63
    This series has an underdog spirit of its own, even if it's not quite the triumphant crane kick it could be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  1. May 2, 2018
    10
    Cobra Kai is poised to be the sleeper hit of the television season. Its a show that in theory should be a cringe-inducing second stab at earlyCobra Kai is poised to be the sleeper hit of the television season. Its a show that in theory should be a cringe-inducing second stab at early 80's nostalgia. The series tells the story of 2 50 year old's from the point of view of both characters. Maybe the most surprising element of Cobra Kai is how funny it is without losing the original film's sense of heart. Its the kind of show you watch and when it ends you realize you've been smiling for half an hour. Its also the kind of series that shouldn't be nearly as good as it is. Clearly someone put a lot of thought in to how they could make this ballsy idea work. Give the pilot a shot and you'll be hooked. Expand
  2. May 4, 2018
    10
    Honestly, I went in with extremely low expectations as this show was something that looked epic but was produced by youtube red. SomethingHonestly, I went in with extremely low expectations as this show was something that looked epic but was produced by youtube red. Something that I had no experience with. Even though I was biased from the beginning, I figured I would give it a chance since the first two episodes were free. I also should mention that I don't like when series reboot something from a long time ago, stuff like Ghost Busters being remade did nothing but make me angry honestly and I wish that had never happened. This was an exception though, I was so surprised to see something like this do so well, It was enough to get me to buy youtube red. The series had me so attached that I actually felt conflicted with who I should cheer on as the good guy. Everything really has changed and it's cool to see them reference the original karate kid so much. I didn't expect much but I was so impressed and can't wait to see if they do this again with another series soon, I really hope so. Or turning this into a full movie would be really cool. Expand
  3. May 4, 2018
    10
    I grew up watching the Karate Kid film series and I have very fond memories of how the main character progressed and realized himself and theI grew up watching the Karate Kid film series and I have very fond memories of how the main character progressed and realized himself and the larger story. I love this new series, it just feels so right and having two original characters come back with great writing and other new characters was a blast. Really, this is special and brings back a lot of childhood feelings. I highly recommend you watch this series, very well done. Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2018
    9
    Excellent series, dama, action with touches of comedy; character development after 34 years is great, new characters are good as well; goodExcellent series, dama, action with touches of comedy; character development after 34 years is great, new characters are good as well; good plot and script; great choreaography that remind us the saga; tribute to Rocky. This show is made with love. Expand
  5. May 14, 2018
    9
    I enjoyed it more than it is good if that makes any sense. I'd rank it about a solid 8, but my enjoyment level was more like a 9 or 10.I enjoyed it more than it is good if that makes any sense. I'd rank it about a solid 8, but my enjoyment level was more like a 9 or 10. Sequels are never what you want them to be, but is it good is the question, and in this case yes it is. Season 2 can't come soon enough. Expand
  6. May 14, 2018
    8
    Was worried it would be awful, but watched it anyways with YTR's one-month free trial. I actually really liked it. Maybe it's because myWas worried it would be awful, but watched it anyways with YTR's one-month free trial. I actually really liked it. Maybe it's because my expectations were a bit low, but I thought it was fun and got into the melodrama.

    What really impressed me, I guess, is how it scratches the nostalgia without being a complete retread of the original, or without trying to intentionally blow up the spirit of the original, unlike "some" popular movies of late. Cobra Kai felt a lot like a natural continuation... pleasantly surprised.

    I'm cancelling my YTR trial because I can't find anything worth watching on it, but when season two comes out I might pay for a month to see what follows.
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  7. May 5, 2018
    3
    The story of two middle aged, washed up men who use children to settle old scores from their pasts. Johnny is a deadbeat, while Daniel seemsThe story of two middle aged, washed up men who use children to settle old scores from their pasts. Johnny is a deadbeat, while Daniel seems to be suffering from some sort of hero syndrome.

    What makes the show even more frustrating is the fact that it completely ignores the fact that Daniel was bascially a psychopathic bully who harassed Johnny and his friends in school.

    Let's be clear here, in the original movie, Daniel was the one who provoked Johnny. So when as adults Daniel starts harassing Johnny all over again, it feels absolutely absurd.

    Daniel is a successful buisnessman , he lives in utmost comfort with his beautiful wife and his spoiled children in what is essentially a mansion. Johnny meanwhile lives alone in a run down apartment complex and is fired from his dead end job in the very first episode.

    The moment Daniel meets Johnny, you can tell he is lording his good fortune over Johnny. And as soon as Daniel realizes that Johnny is teaching karate, he goes on the defensive to make every attempt to squash his old enemy.

    Frankly, if YouTube wanted me to pay for Red, this was possibly one of the worst shows they could have used to try and lure me in.
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