Netflix has landed a sixth season of Cobra Kai – which will also be his last.
The streamer made the announcement on Friday with a video that teases what he calls the show’s “biggest…baddest” season. A premiere date has not been set; the video (watch it below) only says “coming soon”.
Creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg call the decision to end the series “bittersweet”, but one that allows them to bring Cobra Kai to an end as they wish.
“Rediscovering the world at The Karate Kid universe has been our humble honor,” the trio said in a statement. “Manufacturing Cobra Kai allowed us to join the same sacred dojo once inhabited by the great Robert Mark Kamen, John Avildsen, Jerry Weintraub, and all of the incredible original cast members. It also allowed us to play sensei, expand the original storylines, and spawn a new generation of underdogs. We never took this opportunity for granted.
“Our goal from day one with Cobra Kai has always been to end it on our terms, leaving the Valley when and where we always imagined. It is therefore with immense pride and gratitude that we are able to announce this achievement. The upcoming Season 6 will mark the conclusion of Cobra Kai.”
A sequel to the The Karate Kid film franchise – with original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles – Cobra Kai began as a YouTube series during the platform’s relatively brief foray into longer-form scripted programming. After two seasons on YouTube, it moved to Netflix in 2020.
The series has been a strong performer for Netflix, consistently making the company’s internal top 10 and Nielsen streaming charts when new seasons are released. Season five premiered in September and spent six weeks in the Nielsen top 10.
In six seasons and around sixty episodes, Cobra Kai will end as one of the longest running series on Netflix’s current slate. The crown (also directed in its sixth season) and anime series Big mouth are the only scripted shows currently in production for the streamer to have come this far.
Executive Product of Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg Cobra Kai through their Counterbalance Entertainment. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett are producing for Westbrook Entertainment, as well as Susan Ekins in association with Sony Pictures Television. Macchio and Zabka are also EPs.
Watch the final season announcement below.