Many fans wonder how the characters in their favorite movies might be doing decades into the future. Cobra Kai is a TV series that is an elaborate and ongoing answer to such questions. Set 30-something years after the events of Robert Mark Kamen’s The Karate Kid films, Cobra Kai takes viewers back into the world of competition and martial arts through the perspective of a now 55-year-old Johnny Lawrence.
Cobra Kai is about the different lives of Johnny Lawrence and his boyhood competitor Daniel LaRusso. Traumatized by his loss to Daniel and his coach’s assault, Johnny is now a depressed alcoholic who went from living in the lap of luxury to being unemployed. Picked up for a fifth season, Cobra Kai has quite the fan following and there are plenty of other hit TV shows that are similar.
10 A Good Teacher Makes All The Difference (Mr. Iglesias)
Starring Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias in the titular role, Mr. Iglesias is an American television sitcom centered on Gabe Iglesias, a history teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. A textbook good guy, Mr. Iglesias tries his best for his students, saving them from being “counseled out” by a ratings-hungry Vice-Principal.
Although Mr. Inglesias was canceled after two seasons, it has made a lasting impression on viewers and has received a lot of praise. Filled with heartwarming moments and a sense of belonging, Mr. Inglesias is an absolute treat for those who love Cobra Kai.
9 Teenage Struggles In High School (Euphoria)
Euphoria stars Zendaya in a teen drama series based on an Israeli miniseries of the same name. Euphoria takes viewers into the world of high school students who try to navigate their way through the overwhelming experience of being a teenager with problems caused by love, sex, friendship, drugs, and more.
Sam Levinson’s Euphoria is narrated by Zendaya’s Rue Bennett, a teenage girl looking to make a new start in life and find where she belongs as she struggles with addiction. Viewers of Euphoria will appreciate the take on teenage relationships which is also a major theme in Cobra Kai.
8 Clay Struggles In The Aftermath Of Hannah’s Death (13 Reasons Why)
Based on Jay Asher’s book of the same title, 13 Reasons Why is set in the aftermath of high school student Hannah Baker’s suicide. Before ending her life, she leaves behind a box of tapes for Clay Jensen (portrayed by Dylan Minnette) that discuss what led her to end her life and who she deems responsible for her untimely demise.
From bullying to rape, 13 Reasons Why addresses some of the most horrendous acts that Hannah and other characters are victims to. Like Cobra Kai, 13 Reasons Why takes a dive into the lengths people, especially teenagers, go to save face and avoid embarrassment.
7 Exploring Alternate Marvel Universes (What If…?)
Based on the Marvel comics anthology series of the same name, What If…? is a TV series that explores the multiverse as created in the season finale of Loki. Following the Watcher, whose sole purpose is to observe the multiverse, What If…? explores some of the major events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in an alternate universe. Curious Cobra Kai fans may appease their “what if” curiosities via this show.
Picked up for a nine-episode second season, What If…? is set to follow the Guardians of the Multiverse formed with the help of the Watcher as he continues to observe and protect the alternate timelines.
6 Nazi Hunters In NYC (Hunters)
Starring Al Pacino, Hunters is an American conspiracy drama that began airing in 2020. David Weil’s Hunters is set in 1977’s New York City, following a group of Nazi Hunters from all walks of life. Like the bullying of a kid awakens the inner karate martial artist in Johnny Lawrence, a rumor about the formation of the Fourth Reich in the US forces these Hunters out of their slumber.
Parallelly, a conspiracy about the States’ involvement in protecting Nazi scientists comes to light. An action-packed series with themes of family, betrayal, violence, and more, Hunters has been renewed for a second season.
5 Disbanding Isn’t The End (Titans)
Based on the DC comic team Teen Titans, Titans is an American superhero TV series created by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti. Titans follows a group of up-and-coming young heroes who put their strengths together to defeat and conquer evil and other threats. Strength, individually and as a group, can be the feather that tips the scale, much like what fans see in Cobra Kai.
Titans begins with the Titans disbanded, following their reformation with old and new members, of whom Dick Grayson (portrayed by Brenton Thwaites) is the first to appear. Despite a hot-and-cold reception of the first season, fans and critics alike have praised the second season.
4 A Mad Scientist’s Adventures With His Grandson (Rick And Morty)
Co-created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Rick And Morty is an adult sci-fi animation series with themes of absurdity and family. A misfit at school, Morty spends most of his time going on adventures with his grandfather, Rick Sanchez. Rick and Morty’s student/teacher-esque relationship draws excellent parallels to that of Johnny and his students in Cobra Kai.
Rick And Morty follows the duo on inter-galactical adventures, dealing with alien allies, monsters, and world-threatening catastrophes. Critically and commercially acclaimed, Rick And Morty has enjoyed immense popularity among viewers.
3 Superhero Siblings Investigate Their Adopted Father’s Death (The Umbrella Academy)
Adapted from Gerard Way’s comic book series of the same name, The Umbrella Academy follows a family of adopted siblings with superhuman powers. The siblings set out to investigate the death of their adopted father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (portrayed by Colm Feore), and end up discovering the threat of an imminent apocalypse.
Dysfunctional family dynamics, sibling rivalry, and romance are some of the major themes explored by The Umbrella Academy, making it a perfect watch for fans of Cobra Kai. Picked up for a third season which is set to release this year, The Umbrella Academy has fans eagerly waiting.
2 The Dark Side Of Superheroes (The Boys)
Adapted from the comics created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a superhero TV show that follows a vigilante ragtag team of individuals who fight against corrupt superheroes who abuse their powers for selfish gain. An absolute treat for anyone who can stomach gore and violence, The Boys became an instant fan favorite.
A critical take on celebrity culture, The Boys exposes the appalling behind-the-scenes of the superhero group called the Seven who are controlled by Vought International. Death, betrayal, and blackmail are at the forefront of The Boys. In-group dynamics on both sides reflect that of the rival dojos in Cobra Kai.
1 The Struggles Of The Orphaned Baudelaire Children (A Series Of Unfortunate Events)
Adapted from Lemony Snicket’s book series, A Series Of Unfortunate Events follows the perils faced by the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, after the untimely death of their parents. A Series Of Unfortunate Events stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, an unsuccessful actor who wants to put his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. Like Count Olaf, Cobra Kai’s Robby will go to any lengths to supposedly avenge his father.
As the Baudelaire children are passed from one home to another, they attempt to get out of the most troublesome situations. Eccentric, funny, and at times emotional, A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a modern-day masterpiece.