Highly acclaimed series Cobra Kai is heading from YouTube to Netflix.
The Karate Kid saga series will be moving both its current seasons to Netflix later this year, with a plan to release season 3 on the streaming platform sometime after. The deal not only makes Netflix Cobra Kai‘s new home, but there’s also a big possibility that Netflix will house another chapter in the Karate Kid franchise. Whether it’s another series, or perhaps a movie, remains to be seen.
The Sony Pictures Television show was met with wide acclaim and big viewer numbers when it was released as a YouTube Original in 2018, named 2018’s Best Drama by Rotten Tomatoes with its first season and receiving two Emmy nominations. The first episode, which YouTube made available for free (watch it in full below), has passed a whopping 86.5 million views.
“The appeal of The Karate Kid saga is timeless, and Cobra Kai picks up right where it left off without missing a beat,” Brian Wright, Netflix Vice President of Original Series, said in a statement. “The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun. We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”
The series has the film’s stars, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles, along with Martin Kove as sensei John Kreese. The plot picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, where a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi. Meanwhile, his adversary, down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka), seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.