How to watch 'Cobra Kai' on Netflix — season 3 is now available to stream

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  • The third season of "Cobra Kai" is now available to stream on Netflix.
  • The series picks up three decades after the events of "The Karate Kid" movie series, and features the return of franchise stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.
  • A Netflix Basic subscription costs $8.99 a month, while the Standard plan costs $13.99 per month, and the Premium plan costs $17.99 per month.
  • See also: How to watch select Netflix movies and shows for free

Netflix has released the third season of "Cobra Kai." The series continues the story that originated in 1986's "The Karate Kid," offering an entertaining blend of action, drama, comedy, and '80s nostalgia. Though the first two seasons debuted on YouTube Premium, all new episodes of "Cobra Kai" will now stream exclusively on Netflix.

"Cobra Kai" stars William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, a middle-aged handyman who decides to open a karate dojo like the one he trained in as a teenager. Johnny's politically incorrect teaching style catches the attention of his former high school classmate Daniel LaRusso, reigniting their decades' old rivalry. Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Jacob Bertrand, Nichole Brown, and Martin Kove also star.

"Cobra Kai" season one premiered on YouTube Premium in 2018, and a second season followed in 2019. YouTube has since decided to shift its focus to unscripted content. As a result, the show's third season and all future episodes have moved to Netflix.

Updated on 1/1/2021 by Steven Cohen: This article has been revised to include season three premiere details for "Cobra Kai." 

How to watch 'Cobra Kai'

"Cobra Kai" season three is now available to watch exclusively on Netflix. Meanwhile, the show's first two seasons are available on Netflix and the YouTube Premium service. 

A Netflix Basic plan costs $8.99 a month, and offers standard definition (SD) streaming on one device. A Netflix Standard plan costs $13.99 a month, and includes high definition (HD) streaming with support for two devices at the same time. Finally, a Netflix Premium plan costs $17.99 a month, and steps things up to 4K HDR streaming with support for up to four devices at the same time.

The first two seasons of "Cobra Kai" are also still currently available to stream through YouTube Premium, and the first two episodes of season one are available to stream for free on YouTube. A YouTube Premium subscription costs $11.99 a month.

With that said, the new third season of "Cobra Kai" is not available on YouTube and is instead exclusive to Netflix. If you're deciding between the services and your decision is primarily based on watching "Cobra Kai," we recommend going with Netflix so you can tune into every episode.

Beyond subscription streaming services, "Cobra Kai" season one and season two are also available to buy or rent digitally through a variety of streaming retailers, including Amazon. HD episodes of the show currently cost $2.99 each on Amazon, while full seasons cost $9.99.

'Cobra Kai' season 3 release date

The third season of "Cobra Kai" premiered on Netflix on January 1, 2021. The season was originally set to debut on January 8, but Netflix pushed up the release date. Season three includes 10 episodes.

A fourth season of "Cobra Kai" is also in development.

How to watch 'The Karate Kid' movies

If you're interested in catching up on the story of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence before streaming "Cobra Kai," you can now watch the first three "Karate Kid" movies on AMC+.

An AMC+ subscription is available as an add-on to Sling, Prime Video, The Roku Channel, DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, and more. The service ranges in price from $4.99 a month to $8.99 a month depending on which platform it's bundled with. 

"The Karate Kid" and its sequels are also available to rent or buy digitally through a variety of streaming retailers, including Amazon, Vudu, FandangoNow, Google Play, and Apple TV.

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