Cobra Kai (2018– )
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34 years after losing the All Valley Karate Championship, Johnny Lawrence decides to reopen the Cobra Kai Dojo while his school adversary, Daniel LaRusso, runs a successful auto business.


Robert Mark Kamen (based on characters created by), Josh Heald (created for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel LaRusso
William Zabka ... Johnny Lawrence
Courtney Henggeler ... Amanda LaRusso (credit only)
Xolo Maridueña ... Miguel Diaz
Tanner Buchanan ... Robby Keene (credit only)
Mary Mouser ... Samantha LaRusso
Joe Seo ... Kyler
Annalisa Cochrane ... Yasmine
Bo Mitchell ... Brucks
Bret Ernst ... Louie LaRusso, Jr.
Edward Asner ... Sid
Hannah Kepple ... Moon
Dan Ahdoot ... Anoush
Dawson Towery ... Rory
Jonathan Mercedes Jonathan Mercedes ... A.J.


34 years after losing the All Valley Karate Championship, Johnny Lawrence decides to reopen the Cobra Kai Dojo while his school adversary, Daniel LaRusso, runs a successful auto business.

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport




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2 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Johnny is fighting the punks outside the convenience store, he says to the last guy he grabs by the throat "What's the matter? Having trouble breathing?". Mike Barnes said this same line to Daniel in their All Valley match in The Karate Kid Part III (1989). See more »


There was never any argument in the original movie over whether Daniel's winning kick was legal or not. Neither Johnny, nor Kreese, nor the judges of the tournament ever expressed any doubt over it. Furthermore, the kick hit Johnny under his chin, which is a perfectly legal move. See more »


Daniel LaRusso: Banzai! Daniel LaRusso here from LaRusso Auto bringing you specials on all of our inventory. We have an excess of Jeep Grand Cherokees priced to go. Get a lease, or own it...
[a caption saying '$439/month' appears]
Daniel LaRusso: Nah. Make that...
[Daniel chops the caption to '$339/month']
Daniel LaRusso: Yes, we are chopping prices on all of our Hondas, Nissans, Acuras, and Audis.
[Daniel chops and punches the price captions]
Daniel LaRusso: So come visit any of our locations in Tarzana, Woodland Hills, North Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks. And ...
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Features The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


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Written by Bobby Dall, C. C. Deville, Bret Michaels, and Rikki Rockett
Performed by Poison
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Ace Degenerate
16 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Well I was not expecting sequel television series to The Karate Kid films set over 30 years later.

The first episode centres on Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) the antagonist from the original film and the films reminds of the characters from 35 years back as we get flashbacks to the events of the original movie.

Lawrence is a gruff loser, a low level racist, doing menial jobs. He is definitely put out each time he sees a billboard or an advert featuring Daniel LaRusso's (Ralph Macchio) beaming smile as he advertises his car showroom.

When his new neighbour, high school kid Miguel is bullied by some thugs, Johnny springs into action using his karate moves. Migues asks Johnny to teach him karate. At first he says no but later, Johnny decides to resurrect Cobra Kai, his old karate school.

It looks like this might be the reversal of the plot of The Karate Kid, especially now it is LaRusso who is rich and successful.

The Karate Kid was a rather cheesy movie with enough fun factor. The first episode of Cobra Kai bathes on nostalgia but delivers a fun comedy drama.

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