When it was announced that a sequel to the cult classic Karate Kid was in the works, many were skeptical about it. On May 2, YouTube Red released the 10-episode series, and it’s getting incredibly positive reactions.
The series, which stars Karate Kid original cast members Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, takes place 30 years after the infamous 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) seeks redemption by re-opening the Cobra Kai karate dojo, and finds himself once again at odds with Daniel LaRusso who is now a successful car dealership owner (Ralph Macchio).
— William Zabka (@WilliamZabka) May 6, 2018
The final episode leaves the door open for a potential second season, which definitely seems likely considering reactions seen online.
If Zabka doesn't win an Emmy or something for Cobra Kai, the awards are rigged.
— JE Snowden (@JESnowden) May 6, 2018
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) May 3, 2018
— Tim Geraci (@TimG311) May 8, 2018
I don't know how they pulled this off but this is literally The Karate Kid for a new generation. It manages nostalgia while moving the story forward into the future with new characters. Oh I'm having so much fun watching. It's a great sequel to a classic trilogy. #CobraKai
— Joseph Jackson (@Roninjoegenji85) May 4, 2018
Hear me now. I just finished binging #CobraKai & if you r not watching this u r missing out. Episode 9 for Karate Kid fans is one of the most rewarding half hours of TV I have ever seen. This is the summer binge. Go!!!! Wow. @ralphmacchio @WilliamZabka @jonhurwitz @healdrules 🙌 pic.twitter.com/jyF1OeEjhS
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 7, 2018
Needless to say, the series is a must-watch. Check out the trailer below if you need more convincing: