A Spinoff of the 80’s Favorite Karate Kids

Cobra Kai was released on Netflix on Sept. 28, 2020 and hit the top watched show in the first two weeks of its release.  It focused on standing up to your enemies through karate and finding your place in the world.

Cobra Kai was released on Netflix on Sept. 28, 2020 and hit the top watched show in the first two weeks of its release. It focused on standing up to your enemies through karate and finding your place in the world.

Allison Potpora, Print Staff

The Youtube Red original show, Cobra Kai, debuted on Netflix on Aug. 28, 2020.  With two seasons and 10 episodes each, this Karate Kid spinoff took off and rose to most-watched in the first week of its arrival.  The show follows the lives of Danny LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence after their famous crane kick and leg-sweeping match.  While LaRusso seems to have his life together, Lawrence is trying to turn his life around and teach his new neighbor the ways of karate. 

The show takes place in Atlanta and starts when teenager Miguel Diaz and his family move into the apartment next to Lawrence.  After Lawrence defends Miguel against a group of high school students, Diaz asks for karate lessons but is rudely ignored.  However, once Lawrence runs into LaRusso for the first time in years, he sees the reopening of Cobra Kai and his karate past as a way to turn his and Diaz’s life around.  

Throughout the later episodes, Diaz learns to stand up for himself in front of bullies and gain more attention towards the new dojo.  LaRusso’s daughter is also seen as she struggles to find her place in high school.  Lawrence’s son also struggles many times as he tries to find his place in the world without the help of his parents.  As for Lawrence and LaRusso, they go face-to-face many times while facing family conflicts and money problems.    

 I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a nostalgic 80s sitcom to binge watch, whether it be a kid or adult.  I would also suggest watching the Karate Kid movie before starting this show to recognize the characters’ reasons for doing something and their background.  The ending will leave you on your seat waiting anxiously for the third season.