Cobra Kai is an American action comedy-drama web television series, presented in an episodic storytelling format, and based on The Karate Kid film series. Cobra Kai is set 34 years after the original Karate Kid film, and re-examines the narrative from Johnny Lawrence 's point of view placing it within the "minor-character elaboration" genre. In , Netflix acquired the first two seasons which will be released on August 28, , and will release season three at "a date to be determined.
Thirty-four years after his defeat in the All-Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny Lawrence , now in his 50s, works in construction and lives in an apartment in Reseda , Los Angeles , having fallen far from the wealthy lifestyle in Encino that had been enabled by his verbally abusive step-father, Sid Weinberg. He has a son, Robby Keene , with ex-girlfriend Shannon Keene , but he abandoned them both the day Robby was born after Johnny's mother Laura died the same day.
Johnny, self-admittedly, has never recovered from the breakup with his high school girlfriend, Ali Mills. After losing his job, a down-and-out Johnny rescues his teenage neighbor Miguel Diaz from a gang of bullies using karate. Miguel, an asthmatic child raised by his Ecuadorian single mother Carmen , asks Johnny to teach him. Initially reluctant, Johnny finally agrees and decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo as a chance to recapture his past; however, this act reawakens his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso. Daniel, now the owner of a highly successful car dealership, is married to Amanda and has two children: Samantha and Anthony.
Daniel is finally living the wealthy lifestyle he envied as a child when he lived in Reseda. However, after his friend and mentor Mr. Miyagi died, Daniel's struggle to meaningfully connect with his children has disrupted the balance in his life.
Meanwhile, his mother Lucille , his other source of support, has a complicated relationship with his wife Amanda. Johnny's dojo attracts a group of bullied social outcasts who find camaraderie and self-confidence under his tutelage, a marked contrast to the kind of students Tommy , Bobby , Dutch , Jimmy and Johnny were when training in the original Cobra Kai run by John Kreese.
Johnny develops a bond with his first and best student, Miguel, in a manner that resembles the relationship between Daniel and Mr. Cobra Kai's philosophy, however, remains mostly unchanged, though Johnny tries to infuse it with more honor than Kreese did. Thus, Miguel develops into a very different kind of student than Daniel, or even Johnny, was; he also begins dating Samantha. As a means of revenge against his estranged father, Robby convinces Amanda to hire him for a position at the LaRusso Auto dealership and develops a close friendship with Daniel although Daniel is unaware of Robby's lineage.
He even studies Mr. Miyagi's form of Karate with Daniel and becomes friendly with Samantha. She eventually joins her father's dojo, which ultimately leads to her breaking up with Miguel. Miguel later begins dating another Cobra Kai student, Tory who is Sam's rival. The developing story revolves around these primary relationships, which lead to conflicts that are ultimately the product of Daniel and Johnny's inability to move away from the past.
Miyagi , Ali Mills , and Terry Silver , respectively. The thematic genesis for Cobra Kai began with two works of pop culture. First, the music video for the song " Sweep the Leg " by No More Kings stars William Zabka who also directed the video as a caricature of himself as Johnny, and features references to The Karate Kid , including cameo appearances by Zabka's former Karate Kid co-stars.
In the episode, Macchio is invited to Barney Stinson 's bachelor party , leading to Barney shouting that he hates Macchio and that Johnny was the real hero of The Karate Kid. Towards the end of the episode, a clown in the party wipes off his makeup and reveals himself as Zabka. Cobra Kai was greenlit on August 4, , with ten half-hour episodes, written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz , and Hayden Schlossberg. It renewed the third season for a release. On May 28, , Deadline Hollywood announced that the series would be leaving YouTube and moving to another streaming platform, ahead of its third-season premiere.
As YouTube was not interested in renewing the series for a fourth season, the producers wanted to find a streaming venue that would leave that option open. It will release Season 3 at "a date to be determined.
Randee Heller also reprised her role as Daniel's mother. Hilary Swank who appeared in the fourth film as Julie Pierce , has neither confirmed nor denied her interest. Ed Asner was cast in a guest role as Johnny's verbally abusive step-father, Sid Weinberg. Principal photography for the first season began in October in Atlanta , Georgia.
Filming took place at various locations throughout that month at places including Union City , Marietta , and the Briarcliff Campus of Emory University. Principal photography for the second season began in September in Atlanta, Georgia. In October , production continued around Atlanta with shooting also occurring in Marietta. In January , the series was promoted at the annual Television Critics Association 's winter press tour where YouTube's global head of original content Susanne Daniels described the show saying, "It is a half an hour format but I would call it a dramedy.
I think it leans into the tone of the movies in that there are dramatic moments throughout. I think it's very faithful really in some ways to what the movie set about doing, the lessons imparted in the movie if you will. It's next generation Karate Kid. The first trailer was released on February 15, ,  the second on March 1, ,  and the third a week later.
Following the screening, a discussion was held with writers, directors, and executive producers Hayden Schlossberg , Jon Hurwitz , and Josh Heald, in addition to series stars and co-executive producers William Zabka and Ralph Macchio.
On April 25, , YouTube partnered with Fathom Events for special screenings of the first two episodes of the series at around movie theaters across the United States. The event also included a screening of the original film.
The first season of the series had a positive response from critics upon its premiere. The website's critical consensus reads: " 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.
Its critical consensus reads: "While Cobra Kai 's subversive kick no longer carries the same gleeful impact of its inaugural season, its second round is still among the best around — no amount of mid-life crisis and teenage ennui's ever gonna keep it down. YouTube has reported that the first episode, which was posted for free along with episode two, had been viewed 5.
By October 30, , ahead of the second-season premiere, YouTube was promoting the report that the first episode had then been viewed over 50 million times. According to market research company Parrot Analytics, the first season of Cobra Kai was the world's most in-demand streaming television show during May Additionally, the first season also received an official Blu-ray release in Australia, however, it is not available via any online retailers including JB Hi-Fi , Sanity or EzyDVD ; instead, it is only available to purchase through eBay and Amazon.
The second season was released on DVD-only format in Australia in and it is currently not known if it will become available on Blu-ray. Madison Gate Records released the official soundtrack on May 4, Madison Gate Records also released a second official soundtrack on April 24, , to accompany the second season. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American web television series.
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