‘Cobra Kai‘ is a martial arts action-comedy series based on characters from the film series ‘The Karate Kid’. The series is set 34 years after the events depicted in the original movie. We see that Johnny Lawrence has given martial arts another chance in his life and has opened up a dojo called Cobra Kai. Here, he teaches his students several aggressive methods of karate, which land them in trouble. Soon after Lawrence sets up the new dojo, he again comes in contact with his bitter rival Daniel LaRusso. Daniel has lost the biggest support system in his life, Mr. Miyagi, and is now struggling to survive. However, when he sees Lawrence doing well with his dojo, Daniel starts one such school of his own.
‘Cobra Kai’ received critical acclaim upon release, with critics praising the show for its great action sequences and humor. If you are looking for more titles that explore similar ideas and themes, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Cobra Kai’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Cobra Kai’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Street Fighter: Resurrection (2016)
This show is inspired by the video game series ‘Street Fighter’ and it has acclaimed martial artist Charlie Nash as its main character. It was presumed by all that Nash is dead, but he suddenly reappears and starts killing numerous champions of Street Fight competitions. Now it is up to the two Street Fighters, Ryu and Ken, to figure out whether Nash is on their side or not. The series was met with poor critical acclaim and was later canceled after the first season.
7. Warrior (2019-)
The original concept of ‘Warrior’ was initially penned down by Bruce Lee himself. However, the show could not materialize in his lifetime and only saw the light of day in 2019. The story of ‘Warrior’ is set in 19th century San Francisco’s China Town. The events happen during the infamous Tong Wars in the United States where numerous members of these gangs got killed in violent attacks. The protagonist of the story is an immigrant named Ah Sahm. He is in San Francisco to look for his missing sister, but after he impresses members of the tong Hop Wei with his superior fighting skills, they decide to make him a member of their gang. This naturally leads Ah Sahm down a spiral of death and destruction. The series mainly received positive reviews from critics.