A Tweet featuring the main characters, including original film star Ralph Macchio, generated a huge buzz online. The tweet touts the success of the online series, which just had its first episode (released free) pass the 50 million views mark on YouTube. The second season of the subscription service series on YouTube Premium will return early in 2019 for ten episodes.
Cobra Kai follows Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka), the main antagonist from the original film who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This sets the stage for a renewed rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who is struggling after the death of his mentor Mr. Miyagi and decides to join the venture as a way to find himself. The show focuses on the two men trying to work out their pasts through karate.
Interspersed in that drama are the story arcs of the Cobra Kai students who have their own dramas involving karate and outside the dojo.