The popular martial arts comedy-drama “Cobra Kai” just had its season 5. So far, the season has received universally positive critical reception, earning a 100% perfect score on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus reads, “Skillfully managing an expanded roster of hard-hitting personalities, Cobra Kai graduates a black belt in heartfelt melodrama and sly humor.”
Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the series follows on from the original “The Karate Kid” films directed by Robert Mark Kamen. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.
The series is praised for its action, writing, performance, and heart. Here are some reviews.
CNN’s Brian Lowry wrote in his review, “Five seasons later, the show has already exceeded all reasonable expectations, developing a life of its own that proves it wasn’t just about ‘The Karate Kid’.”
James Jackson of The Times wrote, “As always, Zabka provides the humor, Macchio the seriousness, with various annoying teenage subplots.”
IGN’s Matt Fowler wrote, “Cobra Kai is still filled with heart, humor, and a staggering amount of love for the franchise, as if the entire series was designed to help us understand and forgive all the bullies of 80s movies while taking stock of our own actions.”
Jasmine Blu of TV Fanatic wrote, “The series remains fresh and exciting with the carefully crafted blend of nostalgia with new plot points and storylines.”
Season 5 of “Cobra Kai” debuted on Netflix on September 9.