New To Netflix This Week: Stop What You're Doing And Watch Cobra Kai

The first two seasons of Cobra Kai land on the service next week.

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Typically, when covering what is coming out on Netflix for the upcoming week, we tend to highlight numerous movies or TV shows. However, this upcoming week is special, and we'll be spending most of the time on one item you need to watch because it's awesome. Here's what's coming to Netflix this weekend and next week.

Let's chat about one of the greatest shows in the era of streaming: Cobra Kai. Originally a YouTube Premium series--which was not a great home for it--the follow-up show to the classic Karate Kid movies sees the first two seasons land on Netflix on Friday, August 28. And Season 3 is coming in 2021.

The show takes place in present-day, following the events of the original Karate Kid trilogy. Daniel LaRusso is married with two children, still living in the San Fernando Valley, and he now owns a car used dealership chain. Johnny Lawrence, however, is having a rough go, trying to make ends meet as a handyman, but he ends up drinking the days away.

However, Lawrence busts out his old karate moves in order to help a kid who is being bullied, and that moment leads him to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. Of course, LaRusso catches wind of this, and their old rivalry ignites.

This show typically does everything many people disagree with when revamping a series. It takes a beloved property from the '80s and adds a young supporting cast as the next generation. However, Cobra Kai is the perfect continuation of that classic movie franchise, blending the old with the new, and everything about it works exceptionally well. There's a reason GameSpot's Chris E. Hayner and myself have fought for this show to be on the annual Best TV Shows lists for the past two years.

Did this weekly "What's coming to Netflix" piece just turn into a review essentially? Sure, but do yourself a favor; watch Cobra Kai, especially if you love the Karate Kid movies. Also, check out what's coming to Netflix for September while you're at it.

New to Netflix this weekend and next week:

August 21

  • Alien TV -- NETFLIX FAMILY
  • Fuego negro -- NETFLIX FILM
  • Hoops -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Lucifer: Season 5 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Rust Valley Restorers: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • The Sleepover -- NETFLIX FILM

August 23

  • 1BR
  • Septembers of Shiraz

August 25

  • Emily's Wonder Lab -- NETFLIX FAMILY
  • Trinkets: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 26

  • Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • La venganza de Analía -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Million Dollar Beach House -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Rising Phoenix -- NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

August 27

  • Aggretsuko: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ANIME
  • The Bridge Curse
  • The Frozen Ground

August 28

  • All Together Now -- NETFLIX FILM
  • Cobra Kai: Seasons 1-2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • I AM A KILLER: Released -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Orígenes secretos / Unknown Origins -- NETFLIX FILM
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