TV shows to watch while waiting for season 5

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The Karate Kid’s unexpected sequel series Cobra Kai became a success story of epic proportions on Netflix. Now that Season 4 is over and there’s a bit of a wait until Season 5, we thought we’d put together some similar TV shows to watch while you wait.

If you are unfamiliar, Cobra Kai picks up 34 years after the events of the original film and finds Johnny Lawrence seeking redemption by opening his own karate dojo and inevitably reigniting his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.

For starters, it goes without saying that if you haven’t seen the Karate Kid movies that Cobra Kai is based on, be sure to check them out on Netflix. Once you’ve done that, here are some shows you Cobra Kai fans will definitely enjoy.

TV Shows You Should Watch If You Liked Cobra Kai

Kung Fu

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Martial arts take center stage Kung Fu, a modern adaptation of the 1970s Kung Fu TV shows. The series follows Nicky Shen, a Chinese American woman who drops out of college and embarks on a journey of self-discovery to a remote monastery in China.

When she returns home to San Francisco, she finds it overrun with crime and uses her new martial arts skills to clean it up. Kung Fu has plenty of epic fight sequences that will scratch that Cobra Kai itch.

look Kung Fu on Binge.

All American

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If it was high school teen drama that got you Cobra Kai may i draw your attention to All American?

The teen sports drama follows a rising football star from South LA who is recruited to play on a Beverly Hills high school team and finds himself bridging two very different worlds. All American is inspired by the true story of footballer Spencer Paysinger.

look All American on Stan.

In the Badlands

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If you like your martial arts action with a fantasy and sci-fi edge, then In the Badlands is for you. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where war has made society more reliant on melee and traditional weapons in combat than firearms.

A number of barons control the lands with their army of highly skilled warriors known as clippers. Searching for a way out of the badlands, a clipper saves a mysterious boy who might know the way.

look In the Badlands on Binge.

Kingdom

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Sitting a little darker than Cobra Kame, but with similar ideas, is Kingdom. Frank Grillo plays Alvey Kulina, a retired MMA fighter who runs his own fight room. Here, he helps fighters in his gym overcome their own issues, including his two sons.

Kingdom deals with heavy themes but is another television series which, like Cobra Kai, explores its challenges through martial arts.

look Kingdom on Amazon Prime Video or 7plus.

GLOW

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For other sports-focused comedy-dramas like Cobra Kai, look no further than GLOW. Alison Brie stars as a struggling actress who joins the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and begins to clash with the head director.

The series is set in the 80s, so you’ll get plenty of similar vibes to the original. Karate Kid, the more it deals with the personal and professional lives of those dedicated to their performance.

look GLOW on Netflix.

heels

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The struggle shows how GLOW and heels create some of the most interesting sports drama as the characters attempt to manage their identities both in and out of the ring. heels pushes this idea to the max by exploring the face and heel dynamics of the fight between two brothers.

Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig star as the Spade brothers who try to keep their father’s wrestling business alive in small-town America, but can’t keep all of their personal issues out of the ring.

look heels on Stan.

Bel-Air

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Ok, this one is a bit of a gamble because Bel-Air hasn’t even aired yet, but there are several reasons Cobra Kai fans should keep an eye on it.

Bel-Air revives another beloved piece of IP after more than 20 years and gives it a modern twist. The Fresh Prince’s origin story is rebooted with a darker, more dramatic version of Will’s story as he travels from a rough neighborhood in West Philadelphia to the prestigious mansions of Bel-Air.

If you fancy a new take on the nostalgic stories of your past, Bel-Air, Like Cobra Kai, hits the mark.

You can verify Bel-Air on Stan from February 14.


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