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Universal acclaim- based on 232 Ratings

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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: 55 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  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
    One word- AWESOME!! I didn't know what to expect but holly cow after binge watching the entire 10 episodes this was absolutely the best!! TheOne word- AWESOME!! I didn't know what to expect but holly cow after binge watching the entire 10 episodes this was absolutely the best!! The character and story developmen is just amazing!! I literally signed up to watch the entire series in one night it was that good!!! Anyone who loved Karate kid the orginal will absolutely love this new show!!!! This is a must watch! It's so good you will be hooked!!! Expand
  3. May 3, 2018
    10
    I was hooked and binge watched all 10 episodes. I really enjoyed it; maybe it was the nostalgia factor, but it was much better than II was hooked and binge watched all 10 episodes. I really enjoyed it; maybe it was the nostalgia factor, but it was much better than I expected. The episodes left me wanting more! Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2019
    9
    Cobra Kai brings the great 80's nostalgia and meshes it perfectly with new, modern, characters and stories. It's great to see the originalCobra Kai brings the great 80's nostalgia and meshes it perfectly with new, modern, characters and stories. It's great to see the original actors reprise their roles with talented young actors that make the series worth watching. What makes this series standout is one thing, while you may be overjoyed to see Ralph and William back, you find yourself more invested in the younger characters. You realize that the story you're following is not Danial and Johnny's rivalry, but how the teach these new kids their ways of karate. This was the biggest surprise of 2018 and was well worth it in every way, fun with great comedy and just enough nostalgia to keep you happy that the franchise is in good hands. Expand
  5. May 3, 2018
    9
    A worthy sequel for the original saga, perfect for the people who grew up with this series, clever and never gets slow or boring. It deliversA worthy sequel for the original saga, perfect for the people who grew up with this series, clever and never gets slow or boring. It delivers very well Expand
  6. May 23, 2018
    8
    Great series. A great Emotional ride. Started slowly and as the episodes go up, it gained pace and the finale is absolute killer. Excited for season 2
  7. Jan 8, 2019
    0
    'How I Met Your Mother' floated the joke that Daniel was the bully of the Karate Kid films and Johnny, the real hero, was his victim. That'How I Met Your Mother' floated the joke that Daniel was the bully of the Karate Kid films and Johnny, the real hero, was his victim. That joke becomes the foundation for Cobra Kai, a satire of the original 80s movies.

    If you like the original films, you will probably hate how they have been corrupted. Daniel has retained none of the values he learned from Miyagi. Johnny has zero self esteem and his life is a dumpster fire. The series follows these two middle aged idiots as they torment each other and the teenagers that they use in their feud.

    Pure crap. Nothing worth watching this for.
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