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The best episodes of Cobra Kai

Explore the comprehensive ranking of Cobra Kai episodes, meticulously evaluated through thousands of fan votes. Uncover the top-rated moments that define the brilliance of Cobra Kai!

This Karate Kid sequel series picks up 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.
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The Rise
9.0

#1 - The Rise

Season 4, Episode 10, 12/31/2021
The tournament comes to a shocking end, with the aftermath leaving its participants reeling – and two champions facing uncertain futures.
No Mercy
8.9

#2 - No Mercy

Season 2, Episode 10, 4/24/2019
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.
December 19
8.9

#3 - December 19

Season 3, Episode 10, 1/1/2021
Old wounds begin to heal at a country club holiday party, but a brutal assault by Kreese's students leads to new betrayals and alliances.
The Fall
8.9

#4 - The Fall

Season 4, Episode 9, 12/31/2021
The annual All Valley Karate Tournament kicks off as several competing dojos vie for the grand championship – and settle some personal scores.
Head of the Snake
8.9

#5 - Head of the Snake

Season 5, Episode 10, 9/9/2022
A fight night erupts in the Valley as Johnny, Daniel, Chozen and their students summon all their skills and strength to expose Terry and take him down.
Mercy
8.8

#6 - Mercy

Season 1, Episode 10, 5/2/2018
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?
Match Point
8.7

#7 - Match Point

Season 4, Episode 5, 12/31/2021
Johnny and Daniel's dojo — and their fragile alliance — teeter on the brink of collapse when they agree to a winner-takes-all sensei showdown.
Counterbalance
8.5

#8 - Counterbalance

Season 1, Episode 5, 5/2/2018
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.
Let's Begin
8.5

#9 - Let's Begin

Season 4, Episode 1, 12/31/2021
Johnny and Daniel combine dojos but their opposing styles immediately clash. Kreese tries to persuade a former partner to rejoin him at Cobra Kai.
Party Time
8.5

#10 - Party Time

Season 4, Episode 8, 12/31/2021
Miguel and Sam are excited about attending the junior prom until another couple unexpectedly shows up. Terry lures Johnny to a familiar location.
Different But Same
8.4

#11 - Different But Same

Season 1, Episode 9, 5/2/2018
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.
Take a Right
8.4

#12 - Take a Right

Season 2, Episode 6, 4/24/2019
Daniel’s students are given a lesson in overcoming their grudges. Johnny spends some time away from the dojo, while Kreese exerts his influence.
Aftermath
8.4

#13 - Aftermath

Season 3, Episode 1, 1/1/2021
Miguel's fighting for his life, Robby's missing, and Daniel and Johnny's reputations are in tatters as the community reacts to the West Valley brawl.
Then Learn Fly
8.4

#14 - Then Learn Fly

Season 4, Episode 3, 12/31/2021
Kenny tries to become a student of Cobra Kai with some encouragement from Robby, while Johnny urges Sam to take a leap of faith – in herself.
Bicephaly
8.4

#15 - Bicephaly

Season 4, Episode 4, 12/31/2021
Kreese brings Terry back to Cobra Kai, but his former partner isn't interested in repeating history. Johnny grows envious of Daniel mentoring Miguel.
Survivors
8.4

#16 - Survivors

Season 5, Episode 9, 9/9/2022
Tory pays a price for defiance. Stingray does battle with his conscience. A celebratory night on the town takes a turn for Johnny, Daniel and Chozen.
Strike First
8.4

#17 - Strike First

Season 1, Episode 2, 5/2/2018
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.
All Valley
8.3

#18 - All Valley

Season 1, Episode 7, 5/2/2018
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.
Pulpo
8.3

#19 - Pulpo

Season 2, Episode 9, 4/24/2019
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.
Miyagi-Do
8.3

#20 - Miyagi-Do

Season 3, Episode 5, 1/1/2021
In Okinawa, Daniel spends time with an old friend — and an old enemy, who has much to teach him. The dueling dojos' rivalry comes to a nasty head.
Feel the Night
8.3

#21 - Feel the Night

Season 3, Episode 9, 1/1/2021
It's Christmastime in the Valley, and romance is in the air. Daniel and Miguel find unexpected common ground, and the Cobra Kai recruits go on a mission.
Ouroboros
8.3

#22 - Ouroboros

Season 5, Episode 6, 9/9/2022
Terry recruits an expert in the way of the fist. Daniel walks away from a fight, and Johnny and Chozen pick one. In prison, Kreese confronts old demons.
First Learn Stand
8.2

#23 - First Learn Stand

Season 4, Episode 2, 12/31/2021
Johnny picks up defensive strategies while Daniel learns how to go on the offensive. Amanda confronts Tory. New kid Kenny is bullied at school.
Minefields
8.2

#24 - Minefields

Season 4, Episode 7, 12/31/2021
Daniel invites Anthony to join Miyagi-Do and discovers he doesn't know his son as well as he thought. Miguel learns the truth about Johnny and Carmen.
Molé
8.2

#25 - Molé

Season 5, Episode 2, 9/9/2022
Chozen and Daniel hatch a risky plot against Terry. In Mexico, Robby and Johnny look for Miguel, who discovers the truth about his dad.
Molting
8.1

#26 - Molting

Season 1, Episode 8, 5/2/2018
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.
The Right Path
8.1

#27 - The Right Path

Season 3, Episode 4, 1/1/2021
Following an important meeting in Japan, Daniel revisits Mr. Miyagi's hometown on Okinawa. Johnny attempts to reconnect with Robby.
Long, Long Way From Home
8.1

#28 - Long, Long Way From Home

Season 5, Episode 1, 9/9/2022
Daniel’s new ally-turned-housemate tests Amanda’s patience. Miguel searches for his father in Mexico. Terry starts to transform Cobra Kai.
Taikai
8.1

#29 - Taikai

Season 5, Episode 8, 9/9/2022
A coveted spot in an elite international tournament ignites a fight between dojos. Tory’s loyalties are tested. Sam struggles to let Miguel go.
Esqueleto
8.1

#30 - Esqueleto

Season 1, Episode 3, 5/2/2018
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.
Ace Degenerate
8.0

#31 - Ace Degenerate

Season 1, Episode 1, 5/2/2018
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.”
Back in Black
8.0

#32 - Back in Black

Season 2, Episode 2, 4/24/2019
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.
King Cobra
8.0

#33 - King Cobra

Season 3, Episode 6, 1/1/2021
Miguel helps Johnny craft the perfect social media message. Kreese scouts new recruits while Daniel and Amanda try to shut down Cobra Kai.
The Good, the Bad, and the Badass
8.0

#34 - The Good, the Bad, and the Badass

Season 3, Episode 8, 1/1/2021
Informed that this year's All Valley Karate Tournament is being canceled, the three competing sensei attend a city council meeting to save it.
Fire and Ice
7.9

#35 - Fire and Ice

Season 2, Episode 3, 4/24/2019
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.
All In
7.9

#36 - All In

Season 2, Episode 5, 4/24/2019
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.
Extreme Measures
7.9

#37 - Extreme Measures

Season 5, Episode 5, 9/9/2022
Daniel leans on a friend – and frenemy. Tensions come to a head for Miguel and Robby. A familiar face returns.
The Moment of Truth
7.8

#38 - The Moment of Truth

Season 2, Episode 4, 4/24/2019
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.
Nature Vs. Nurture
7.8

#39 - Nature Vs. Nurture

Season 3, Episode 2, 1/1/2021
Daniel and Johnny team up to find Robby. Miguel faces an uncertain future. Kreese tries to bring Tory back to Cobra Kai.
Downward Spiral
7.8

#40 - Downward Spiral

Season 5, Episode 4, 9/9/2022
Johnny and Carmen’s romance flies high while Daniel and Amanda are rattled by Terry's schemes. The teens’ feuds spill over at the waterpark.
Bad Eggs
7.8

#41 - Bad Eggs

Season 5, Episode 7, 9/9/2022
Terry and Kim issue a brutal challenge while Chozen teaches his students a different kind of lesson. Johnny and Daniel demand answers from Kreese.
Cobra Kai Never Dies
7.7

#42 - Cobra Kai Never Dies

Season 1, Episode 4, 5/2/2018
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.
Mercy (2)
7.7

#43 - Mercy (2)

Season 2, Episode 1, 4/24/2019
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.
Kicks Get Chicks
7.7

#44 - Kicks Get Chicks

Season 4, Episode 6, 12/31/2021
A major change to the upcoming tournament sends Johnny scrambling to find a new recruit for Eagle Fang. Tory must ask a favor of the LaRussos.
Quiver
7.6

#45 - Quiver

Season 1, Episode 6, 5/2/2018
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.
Lull
7.6

#46 - Lull

Season 2, Episode 7, 4/24/2019
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.
Glory of Love
7.6

#47 - Glory of Love

Season 2, Episode 8, 4/24/2019
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.
Now You're Gonna Pay
7.6

#48 - Now You're Gonna Pay

Season 3, Episode 3, 1/1/2021
Daniel's tarnished public image takes a toll on his sales, leading to a takeover offer. Johnny tries to raise money for Miguel's surgery.
Obstáculos
7.6

#49 - Obstáculos

Season 3, Episode 7, 1/1/2021
Daniel spends some father-daughter time with a traumatized Sam. Johnny plans to form a new karate dojo but struggles to come up with a cool name.
Playing With Fire
7.3

#50 - Playing With Fire

Season 5, Episode 3, 9/9/2022
Another enemy from Daniel’s past resurfaces. After a spa day and some soul-searching, Sam comes to a decision about her future with Miguel.

Summary

The best rated episodes are:
S4E10 - The Rise - 9.0
S2E10 - No Mercy - 8.9
S3E10 - December 19 - 8.9
S4E9 - The Fall - 8.9
S5E10 - Head of the Snake - 8.9
S1E10 - Mercy - 8.8
S4E5 - Match Point - 8.7
S1E5 - Counterbalance - 8.5
S4E1 - Let's Begin - 8.5
S4E8 - Party Time - 8.5

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