Cobra Kai will be saying goodbye to YouTube as it has found a new home on Netflix. This makes it the final scripted TV series to leave YouTube amidst its shift to more unscripted programmes.
As such, YouTube’s flagship scripted series based on The Karate Kid film series will soon be a Netflix Original from its third season onwards in fact. The first and second season of the show will also be available on Netflix for fans to catch up on.
Cobra Kai studio Sony Pictures TV had been shopping the series after it was informed by YouTube that it had no plans to pursue a fourth season. According to Deadline, both Netflix and Hulu were leading among the contenders but it was ultimately “Netflix’s financial commitment, massive subscriber base, global reach and passion for the material” that secured them the show.
“The appeal of the Karate Kid saga is timeless, and Cobra Kai picks up right where it left off without missing a beat,” said Brian Wright, Vice President of original series on Netflix. “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.”
Cobra Kai sees Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles as Daniel and Johnny respectively and is a continuation of The Karate Kid film franchise. Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg served as executive producers to the show.
“We are so proud of Cobra Kai and are overwhelmed by the massive fan response to the series. Josh, Jon, Hayden, Ralph, William and the entire cast have done such a brilliant job with this sensational series and the huge audience reaction and sentiment for it is a testament to that,” said Sony TV president Jeff Frost. “We are very thankful to our partners at Netflix and couldn’t be more elated that they have become the new home for this epic saga.”
Cobra Kai has been well received since the release of its first season in 2018, with the first season holding a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and surpassing 20 million views in less than a week.
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