Premise: This is a revival of the 1984 coming-of-age action movie “The Karate Kid” and the subsequent film franchise. Netflix acquired the rights to the first two seasons (which debuted on YouTube) and added those seasons to the service in August 2020. This is the first season to debut on Netflix, where it has been at the top of the platform’s public popularity ranking since joining last week.
The show focuses on the two central rivals of “The Karate Kid” as adults, both washed up in different ways. They each revive dojos and mentor teenagers on the martial art of karate. The rivalry gets out of hand, and kids get hurt. This season features the longtime rivals teaming up together against a bigger foe.
Netflix descriptors: “Heartfelt,” “exciting” and “feel-good”
How it starts: The camera starts near the ground, focusing on feet bouncing up and down on a karate mat. The camera pedestals up while an announcer explains it’s Miguel Diaz, returning to defend his title. After the camera lingers on Miguel’s face, the camera cuts to a referee.
“Get ready, it’s karate time,” the announcer says.
Notable cast: Ralph Macchio and William Zabka
Runtime: 10 episodes of roughly 35 minutes
Bonus: Here’s a jokey clip of a fake commercial in the show that features Macchio’s character promoting his dealership.