Netflix renews Cobra Kai for Season 5
Netflix has already renewed Cobra Kai for a fifth season, before the fourth had even premiered.
The series, a sequel to The Karate Kid, sees Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles from the 1980s sports classic as arch-rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence – along with Martin Kove as sensei John Kreese. Several decades older, with the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament a distant memory, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) lives with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships, and Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, promising to teach local kids how to fight with “a method of fighting your pansy-ass generation desperately needs”.
Written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the show was a hit for YouTube’s original programming, before jumping to Netflix for a third season, which saw Kreese driving up the tension between La Russo and Lawrence. Later this year, another wave of toxic masculinity is on the cards, as the stakes rise and the All Valley Karate Tournament returns in Season 4 – featuring Thomas Ian Griffith reprising his role as Terry Silver from The Karate Kid Part III.
The renewal comes after the series picked up four Emmy nominations this summer, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy, Outstanding Stunt Performance and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy.