‘Cobra Kai’ Heads To Netflix For Third Season, With Eyes On A Potential Franchise

It’s official: Cobra Kai will be getting its kicks at Netflix from now on.

Last month, we learned that after two seasons on YouTube Red (now YouTube Premium), The Karate Kid spinoff show Cobra Kai was likely to be headed to a new streaming platform. And now today it’s been confirmed that Netflix has secured the rights to the series, which has developed quite the loyal audience, despite the limitations of its previous home. Let’s be real, most of the YouTube Premium offerings haven’t been great.

Netflix will not only develop a third season, but there’s a chance of expanding into a franchise with other shows linked to The Karate Kid.

I can see the “young Mr. Miyagai” headlines already, can’t you?

Cobra Kai returns Ralph Macchio and William Zabka to their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively, with Martin Kove also appearing as sensei John Kreese.   It takes place 30 years after the 1984 film, which ended  with the All Valley Karate Tournament that saw LaRusso pull off the infamous Crane Kick on his way to victory. That moment turned out to be a seminal one for everybody.

Here’s the synopsis: Cobra Kai takes place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, where a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi, and must face his previous adversary, down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.

Netflix will begin streaming the first two seasons of Cobra Kai next year with the third season at a later date.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.