The BEST Episodes of Cobra Kai

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2019

Network: YouTube

Cobra Kai takes place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and finds Johnny Lawrence on the hunt for redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his old rivalry with the successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been working to maintain the balance in his life without mentor Mr. Miyagi.

Mercy (1)

#1 - Mercy (1)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 2, 2018

The highly-anticipated All Valley Karate Tournament brings Johnny and Daniel on opposite sides again, except this time, the new generation of karate students are the combatants. Who will pay the price for ultimate victory?

star 8.42
1,526 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
No Mercy

#2 - No Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

It’s the first day of school at West Valley High but tensions between the two dojos have not cooled with the end of summer. And the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny comes to a head.

star 8.36
936 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Joe Piarulli, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Luan Thomas
Different but Same

#3 - Different but Same

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 2, 2018

Despite Johnny’s efforts to move forward, he confronts Daniel about the assault on his property. An attempt to appease Johnny makes them revisit the past together. Miguel senses Samantha is lying to him. The dojo students try to intimidate the popular kids at a party.

star 8.01
1,564 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
All Valley

#4 - All Valley

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 2, 2018

Daniel takes on teaching his new pupil using the unconventional techniques from Mr. Miyagi. Robby is tempted to return to his delinquent ways. Johnny helps Miguel with his first date.

star 7.98
1,555 votes
Directors: Steve Pink
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Stacey Harman
Counterbalance

#5 - Counterbalance

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 2018

Daniel tries to strike a shady deal to undermine Johnny’s dojo. Meanwhile, Johnny expands his enrollment ranks in the dojo. Miguel puts his karate practice into reality as Samantha faces rejection in school.

star 7.97
1,626 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
Molting

#6 - Molting

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 2, 2018

Johnny prepares his Cobra Kai students for the next All Valley Karate Tournament and in turn, he is inspired to clean up his life. Daniel is still unaware of his new pupil’s background. But as events unfold, it seems nothing has changed between Daniel and Johnny in 30 years.

star 7.95
1,550 votes
Directors: Steve Pink
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Michael Jonathan Smith, Stacey Harman
Pulpo

#7 - Pulpo

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Johnny cautiously takes a stab at love, while Daniel and Amanda enjoy a romantic date night. An attempt to bring the students of the two dojos together backfires as hostilities between the teens escalate.

star 7.94
942 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Michael Jonathan Smith
Quiver

#8 - Quiver

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 2, 2018

Johnny’s dojo class attracts a group of misfits while his son Robby, who harbors ulterior motives, lands a new job. Samantha makes a new friend in science class. Daniel inspires interest in karate from an unlikely person.

star 7.92
1,604 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Joe Piarulli, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Luan Thomas
Take a Right

#9 - Take a Right

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Daniel’s students are given a lesson in overcoming their grudges. Johnny spends some time away from the dojo, while Kreese exerts his influence.

star 7.91
952 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
Fire and Ice

#10 - Fire and Ice

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Daniel pulls out all the stops in an effort to recruit new students to Miyagi Do. Johnny reflects on some of the major relationships in his life - and responds to Daniel’s promotional efforts with his own.

star 7.86
1,034 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Stacey Harman
Mercy (2)

#11 - Mercy (2)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

In the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s win at the Under 18 All Valley Karate Championships, Johnny questions his dojo’s philosophy and deals with a figure from his past. Daniel searches for the right way to respond to Cobra Kai’s dominance.

star 7.84
1,090 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
All In

#12 - All In

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Daniel struggles to help a new student learn. Miguel makes a new connection, while Johnny tries to repair a relationship. Tensions between the two dojos build to a breaking point.

star 7.80
956 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
The Moment of Truth

#13 - The Moment of Truth

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Daniel makes another attempt to promote Miyagi Do, and receives guidance in a familiar form. Johnny grows suspicious about Kreese’s backstory. A new Cobra Kai student challenges Miguel and befriends Aisha, while Robby revisits a past he’d rather forget.

star 7.80
977 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus
Glory of Love

#14 - Glory of Love

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Daniel works to make amends with Amanda, while Johnny is introduced to the world of dating apps. Complications arise when Miguel, Samantha, Robby and Tory cross paths.

star 7.76
948 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Joe Piarulli, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Luan Thomas
Cobra Kai Never Dies

#15 - Cobra Kai Never Dies

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 2, 2018

When Daniel’s car dealership billboard is sprayed with lewd graffiti, it consumes Daniel and escalates tensions against a rival. Robby, Johnny’s delinquent son, is embarrassed about his father and his new dojo. The bullying escalates against Miguel and motivates Johnny in a surprising way.

star 7.74
1,696 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
Lull

#16 - Lull

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

To prepare his students, Daniel gives some new training methods a shot. Miguel puts a new lesson into practice. Johnny makes a tough but pivotal decision that affects Cobra Kai.

star 7.74
933 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus
Strike First

#17 - Strike First

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 2, 2018

Present day Daniel LaRusso lives a charmed life. That is, until he sees that the Cobra Kai dojo, the source of his teenage angst and rivalry, has been reestablished by Johnny Lawrence. Struggling to launch the business, Johnny starts teaching karate to his teenage neighbor Miguel. Daniel faces his former opponent and old offenses are quickly reignited.

star 7.74
1,604 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
Back in Black

#18 - Back in Black

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

When Daniel starts teaching his first karate students, he questions whether he can fill Mr. Miyagi’s shoes. Johnny invents some unorthodox training methods with help from an unlikely source.

star 7.73
1,051 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
Esqueleto

#19 - Esqueleto

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 2, 2018

Johnny tries to recruit more students to join the dojo. Troubled by his daughter’s friends, Daniel chaperones her high school costume dance. Johnny takes Miguel’s training seriously and starts creating a badass.

star 7.73
1,826 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald
Ace Degenerate

#20 - Ace Degenerate

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 2, 2018

Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny Lawrence’s life has taken a rocky turn as he tries to forget a past that constantly haunts him. He seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. But the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry of yesteryear is reignited when their lives become intertwined with the next generation of “karate kids.”

star 7.72
1,953 votes
Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald