Season 5 of Cobra Kai has a lot going for it: cheesy one-liners, nostalgic '80s rock, and high school students belting out sophisticated karate moves. The new season premiered on Friday
and thus far, reviewers and viewers have given it a perfect score on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Los Angeles was under a cloud at the end of the fourth season of Cobra Kai
Terry Silver, a snake in the grass, swept the leg of John Kreese, a friend from the Vietnam War and one of the founders of Cobra Kai Karate, sending Kreese to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
As a result of their defeat at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament, Mr. Miyagi's prized pupil, Daniel LaRusso, and Cobra Kai's original bad boy, Johnny Lawrence, are forced to shut down their
respective dojos. The entirety of Season 5 debuted on Netflix this past Friday, and it has been met with universal praise from critics and average Joes alike. Season two begins with Lawrence
pursuing Miguel Diaz, one of his students, who has gone to Mexico to find his biological father. After returning to the Valley, Larusso finds himself face to-face with an old adversary.
In the meantime, high school students are continuing to fight with each other every 10–20 minutes. As Nina Metz of the Chicago Tribune put it, fans should "embrace the cheese," while John Nguyen of
Nerd Reactor called Season 5 "crazy, bigger, and wild." One audience member claimed the show took him back to his boyhood and offered a respite from the turmoil of the present day.
The series premiered on YouTube, where it ran for three seasons before the platform ceased production of original scripted content. In 2020, it was picked up by Netflix.
According to Netflix, the show's fourth season premiere on December 31, 2021, propelled it to the top spot, with over 120,000,000,000,000 hours viewed in its first week.