The fifth season of Cobra Kai, also known as Cobra Kai V, was released to Netflix on September 9, 2022, and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film. This is the third season to be released to Netflix.
The season has twelve starring roles, eleven of which returned from the previous season. Dallas Dupree Young was promoted to main cast after recurring in the previous season, and Gianni DeCenzo was demoted to a recurring cast member, being credited as a \"special guest star\".
All main cast members from the previous season returned for the fifth, with Gianni DeCenzo now being credited as a \"special guest appearance\". Sean Kanan and Robyn Lively guest starred as Mike Barnes and Jessica Andrews respectively, reprising their roles from The Karate Kid Part III. In addition to Kanan and Lively returning, Alicia Hannah-Kim joined the cast as Kim Da-eun. Dallas Dupree Young, who portrays Kenny Payne, was upped to a series regular role after recurring during the fourth season.
Filming for the fifth season began in September 2021 and finished in December. Like previous seasons, parts were filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, Marietta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. The Mexico scenes were filmed in Puerto Rico on a two-day filming block, just like the two-day filming block of Okinawa, Japan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, Japan for the third season.
The first teaser trailer for the season was released on May 5, 2022, which confirmed a September 9 release date. The official trailer was released on August 16. A home media release has yet to be confirmed, but is likely due to all previous seasons being released on DVD.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the season has received a 98% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.9 out of 10 based on 44 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: \"Deftly managing an expanded roster of punchy personalities, Cobra Kai graduates to a black belt proficiency in heartfelt melodrama and sly humor\". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it has received a rating of 78 out of 100, based on seven reviews, indicating \"generally favorable reviews\".
Per our renewal prediction, Netflix has renewed Cobra Kai for a final season. In a statement on Twitter, the showrunners expressed their heartfelt gratitude to fans and promised a big final season to close out the story.
Using external demand, we can also see that while the show is still popular, we see diminishing returns over time. Google Trends suggests that interest in season 5 was below that of season 4, when the series was at an all-time high.
Where key characters in Cobra Kai previously felt stuck in a rut, unable to develop because the plot demanded certain rivalries, the new episodes offer some very welcome leaps forward with the main cast. Peyton List's Tory has an excellent storyline that makes her more multifaceted than ever. Her unease over Silver rigging the All Valley, coupled with the newfound responsibility of a mentor-mentee relationship with Oona O'Brien's Devon, turns Tory into one of the season's most interesting characters. List gives a strong performance that nails the warring emotions of a champion who's out of her depth. This really is Tory's season.
And Silver is a formidable foe. He enlists a raft of menacing senseis to work across his dojos, as well as newcomer Alicia Hannah-Kim as the knife-sharp Kim Da-Eun. Hannah-Kim brings a vicious edge to the character which spices up the already delightfully evil Cobra Kai action. The dojo is still a force to be reckoned with, which heightens everything. Silver is truly unleashed in his villainous glory, and Griffith again plays him as a real, nuanced person rather than a cartoonish bad guy, making him all the more sinister. Then, lurking in the wings is Kreese, imprisoned after Silver framed him for a violent assault during last season's finale. Despite this more diminished role, he still casts a long shadow thanks to some brilliant interactions with certain characters.
Cobra Kai's fifth season breaks tradition with the last two outings, which have premiered at year's end, with a September debut and a conclusion that, for the first time, feels like default closure should the series not return for another run. It's because of things feeling a little too neat and tidy come the finish line that Season 5 feels a little less organic than what's preceded it. That being said, in true Cobra Kai fashion, there are still plenty of crowd-pleasing moments, an abundance of heart-melting sentiment, and some joyous usage of franchise legacy characters that help make these 10 \"summer break\" episodes most triumphant.
This is the first post-All-Valley Tournament storyline since the show's second season so, much like that year, there's aftermath to deal with, regrouping and recouping to contend with, and healing in need of happening. Thomas Ian Griffith's wealthy and malevolent Terry Silver is now in charge of Cobra Kai and has grand plans for the expansion of the dojo. Meanwhile, Peyton List's Tory and Mary Mouser's Sam are both distraught from their championship bout, even though it was Tory who claimed victory.
Just to be at a point now where Daniel and Johnny can operate as full friends, and see the actual benefits in each others' style (this season has a fun element where the two seem to switch roles for a while), is incredible. The same can be said for Daniel and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), and it's actually Chozen's role this season that shines the brightest. Whether he's serving the drama or the comedy, Chozen becomes a much more rounded character in Season 5 as Daniel's bizarre \"ride or die\" against Terry Silver. Though this year's offering is firmly rooted in the events of The Karate Kid Part III (there's even a new villain brilliantly sprung from a throwaway line in that film) Chozen remains a lingering part of the second movie that still feels worthy of exploring here.
IGN's Amelia Emberwing gave the previous season of Cobra Kai a 7/10, writing that it \"most certainly has Netflix DNA for better and for worse. Still, the heart and soul of what makes the series what it is, is still present.\" Read the full review here.
Five seasons into Cobra Kai and there's a definite pattern at play, though it still has room for twists and turns. As Martin Kove's Kreese spends his days in prison (framed by Silver for the beating of Stingray), we're left guessing whether or not this will finally be the time he does some actual soul-searching. And just like Season 4 gave Robbie a bullied kid to mentor in Kenny, Season 5 allows Oona O'Brien's Devon to emerge from the ashes of the All-Valley, ready to make Tory's life exponentially more complicated. There's still so much gold to mine here, in what feels like a penultimate season, that it's hard to fault Cobra Kai too much for short-sheeting the finale of this batch of episodes.
From left to right: William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi in Cobra Kai. The hit series' new season premiered Friday and already has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. /Curtis Bonds Baker/NETFLIX hide caption
Cheesy one-liners, nostalgic '80s rock and high schoolers busting out advanced karate moves are just a few reasons for viewers to love Season 5 of Cobra Kai. The new season kicked off Friday and already has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and audiences.
A dark cloud loomed over the city of Los Angeles at the end of Cobra Kai's fourth season. Snake in the grass Terry Silver swept the leg on his Vietnam War buddy and Cobra Kai Karate co-founder John Kreese, landing him in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Meanwhile, Mr. Miyagi's prized pupil Daniel LaRusso and Cobra Kai's original bad boy Johnny Lawrence are forced to close the doors to their dojos after losing the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament.
All 10 episodes of Season 5 were released Friday on Netflix, and have already raked in top-shelf reviews from critics and viewers alike on Rotten Tomatoes. The new season picks up with Lawrence going after his student, Miguel Diaz, who went to Mexico in search of his real father. Back in the Valley, LaRusso confronts another foe from his past. And all the while, emotionally charged high schoolers continue beating each other up every 10 to 20 minutes.
The show got its start on YouTube, which produced three seasons before it stopped making original scripted programming, and was then picked up by Netflix in 2020. The show kicked its way to the top when Season 4 dropped on Dec. 31, 2021, with over 120,000,000 million hours viewed in its first week, according to Netflix.
Each season brings back new heroes and villains from the Karate Kid trilogy, which first hit theaters in 1984. The original, which has an 82% audience score and 89% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, was lauded by critics, including Roger Ebert, who had lackluster expectations for the film.
When season one aired, it was impossible to predict what direction the creators would take Cobra Kai. However, as season one progressed, it was clear that this follow-up to the origin story was one of redemption. Audiences found an older Johnny still reeling from the impact of his final stand-off with Daniel. While on the other hand, a successful Russo lives a life of leisure, a byproduct of his successful bout against Johnny under the direction of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). However, in this tale, misunderstood Johnny seeks to seize control of his life with the reopening of Cobra Kai.
With one creative concept, Cobra Kai reinvigorated something and three other unforgettable seasons followed. After four seasons of the expressive drama, the show is set to return for a fifth, and here is everything we know about Cob