The BEST Episodes of Cobra Kai

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019

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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.

No Mercy

#1 - No Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 8.46
888 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Luan Thomas, Joe Piarulli
Mercy (1)

#2 - Mercy (1)

Season 1 - Episode 10

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
1,491 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Different but Same

#3 - Different but Same

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 8.05
1,526 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
All Valley

#4 - All Valley

Season 1 - Episode 7

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
1,518 votes
Directors: Steve Pink
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Stacey Harman
Molting

#5 - Molting

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.97
1,515 votes
Directors: Steve Pink
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Stacey Harman, Michael Jonathan Smith
Counterbalance

#6 - Counterbalance

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.95
1,589 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Quiver

#7 - Quiver

Season 1 - Episode 6

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
1,569 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Joe Piarulli, Luan Thomas
Take a Right

#8 - Take a Right

Season 2 - Episode 6

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
911 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Pulpo

#9 - Pulpo

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.91
896 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan Smith
Fire and Ice

#10 - Fire and Ice

Season 2 - Episode 3

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
990 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Stacey Harman
Mercy (2)

#11 - Mercy (2)

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.85
1,067 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
The Moment of Truth

#12 - The Moment of Truth

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.82
935 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus
All In

#13 - All In

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.81
944 votes
Directors: Josh Heald
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Glory of Love

#14 - Glory of Love

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.81
902 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Luan Thomas, Joe Piarulli
Lull

#15 - Lull

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.76
894 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus
Back in Black

#16 - Back in Black

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.76
1,012 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Cobra Kai Never Dies

#17 - Cobra Kai Never Dies

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.75
1,660 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Esqueleto

#18 - Esqueleto

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.74
1,788 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Strike First

#19 - Strike First

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.73
1,570 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Ace Degenerate

#20 - Ace Degenerate

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.69
1,909 votes
Writers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg