When Cobra Kai made his debut on YouTube last year and Ralph Macchio and William Zabka repeated their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, of course I had low expectations. Extremely low. These restarts never work. Everyone will look old and crazy, the story will come to life and feel senseless.
Imagine my surprise when Cobra Kai turned out to be a damn good show. Of course, I only saw the first two episodes that YouTube offers for free. I did not plan to subscribe to another streaming service just to watch a series.
Good news: As promised earlier this year, the first season of Cobra Kai can now be streamed for free. A YouTube Premium subscription is not required. The only catch: they do not stream ad-free. (Use the time during the ad to practice your waxing and wiping movements.)
Of course you can watch the show anywhere on YouTube: PC, phone, tablet, streaming stick and so on.  YouTube Premium subscribers already have access to season two. For everyone else, the first episode is now available. Other episodes will appear weekly after September 11th (see: Going Free). However, these episodes are only available for a limited time for free to a YouTube press release. It is unclear whether there is a time limit for Season 1.
Need a refresher course in everything to do with Karate Kid? This is the perfect time to re-acquaint yourself with the young Daniel, the young Johnny and the revered Mr. Miyagi. So you can watch the original movie of Karate Kid online. (My two cents: you really only have to look at the first one to prepare everything that happens in Cobra Kai, but if you want to go through the three sequels, they're also available.) Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue from the sale of the products presented on this page.
Check out the first Karate Kid for free, with free advertising or for 4 USD.
Unfortunately, the movie is currently unavailable through HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, or any other streaming service that you may already be paying for – with one exception: you can view it as part of your CBS All Access subscription. (Disclosure: CBS owns CNET.)
If you're new to this service, you can try the Commercial Free Plan for a week for free. After that, it's $ 9.99 a month. And for what it's worth, All Access has not just the original, but The Karate Kid: Part II, The Karate Kid: Part III and The Next Karate Kid.
The movies are also "free with ads" (ie you need to browse through some commercials) at the following services:
Of course, you can also rent the movies. The Karate Kid costs $ 3.99 for most major services: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and so on.
If you've found a better deal or an alternative way to watch Daniel performing his kicks in the cheap way, read the comments!
Note: This entry was previously published and updated to show Cobra Kai's availability at no cost.
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