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People Are Loving Karate Kid Follow-Up Cobra Kai On Netflix

People Are Loving Karate Kid Follow-Up Cobra Kai On Netflix

It was one of the most iconic martial arts movies ever made, but have you ever wondered what happened to Jonny Lawrence after he got his ass kicked in Karate Kid? Well, Cobra Kai looks to set the record straight and it has gone down a storm with fans.

The series is set over 30 years on from the famous showdown between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Lawrence (Billy Zabka).

And while LaRusso now leads an enviable life as a family man who lives in an affluent area and runs a successful string of car dealerships, time has not been so kind to his former nemesis, who works as a part-time handyman.

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But things quickly take a turn when Lawrence defends a young teenager being picked on by a group of bullies and agrees to become his sensei.

The series originally landed on YouTube a couple of years ago but has since made the move to Netflix. And it is a veritable smash hit, with most people already having binged both series.

Sharing their thoughts on Twitter, one fan said: "My favorite part about Cobra Kai is the random karate breaks. People's living rooms, mall food courts, the hallway at school. Nowhere is safe."

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A second wrote: "I'm so addicted to Cobra Kai that it's actually unhealthy."

"Wife and I binge watched the whole of season 1 of the magnificent #CobraKai last night. What a show! I love the fact they have used the original cast from Karate Kid. We get both sides of the story. At turns funny and poignant," put a third.

While another added: "Call me insane but watching #CobraKai gives me the same excitement as when I watched #BreakingBad for the first time."

The firstl Karate Kid film came out way back in 1984 and followed the trials and tribulations of LaRusso who moves to Southern California with his mum, Lucille (Randee Heller), but ends up becoming the target for a bunch of bullies down at Cobra Kai dojo.

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Or does he? From what we've seen of Cobra Kai, it doesn't look like Lawrence saw things the same way.

The original movie was then followed up by parts two and three in 1986 and 1989, as well as The Next Karate Kid in 1994. Then, of course, not forgetting the 2010 reboot with wee Jayden Smith as the titular warrior - but the less said about that the better.

Thankfully, Cobra Kai is much, much better than anyone could have expected.

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Topics: UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Netflix

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