Season Five of ‘Cobra Kai’ Due on DVD Sept. 12

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release season five of “Cobra Kai” on DVD Sept. 12.

“Cobra Kai,” which streams on Netflix, takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament depicted in the original Karate Kid, returning to the personal rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Season five finds Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffin) expanding the Cobra Kai empire following its victory at the latest All-Valley competition, and trying to make his “No Mercy” style of karate the only game in town. With Kreese (Martin Kove) behind bars and Johnny setting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he’s caused, Daniel must call on an old friend for help.

The cast includes Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Peyton List, Dallas Dupree Young and Vanessa Rubio.

DVD Extras include deleted and extended scenes, and a blooper reel.

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‘Cobra Kai’ Returning for Sixth and Final Season

Netflix has renewed “Cobra Kai” for a sixth season, which will serve as final chapter of the “Karate Kid” sequel series.

Series producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg said the conclusion would be the “biggest season of ‘Cobra Kai’ yet.”

“Our day one goal with ‘Cobra Kai’ has always been to end it on our terms, leaving the Valley in the time and place we’ve always imagined. So it is with immense pride and thankfulness that we are able to announce that achievement,” the trio wrote in a letter to fans.

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“Cobra Kai” takes place 30 years after the events of 1984’s Karate Kid and its sequels, continuing the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as their dojos battle for the soul of karate in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

“While this may be a bettersweet day for the fandom, the Miyagiverse has never been stronger. This fandom is the best on the planet and we hope to be telling more ‘Karate Kid’ stories with you down the line,” the show’s creators wrote. “Because as we all know, Cobra Kai Never Dies.”

The first five seasons of “Cobra Kai” are streaming now on Netflix. The first four are available on DVD as well. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ Ups Weekly Minutes Viewed to More Than 1.9 Billion

The fifth season of Netflix original series “Cobra Kai” continues to resonate with household streamers, generating more than 1.9 billion minutes viewed across 50 episodes to top Nielsen’s weekly top 10 streaming chart through Sept. 18.

The sequel to the “Karate Kid” movies held off high-powered competitors such as Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” with 988 million minutes across four episodes, and HBO Max’s “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon,” with 960 million minutes across five episodes.

The original “Thrones” continues to generate viewers, tracking 700 million minutes across 73 episodes.

Notably, Netflix’s weekly domination of the Nielsen chart, which shrunk to 50% share last week (ended Sept. 11), inched back up to 60%. Nielsen tracks the viewership minutes of content from Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Prime Video, Hulu and Apple TV+.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix Cobra Kai 50 1,918
2 Prime Video “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” 4 988
3 HBO Max “House of The Dragon” 5 960
4 Netflix “In the Dark” 51 825
5 Netflix “The Crown” 40 796
6 Netflix “Cocomelon” 18 785
7 HBO Max “Game of Thrones” 73 700
8 Netflix “Sins of Our Mother” 3 661
9 Netflix “NCIS” 354 635
10 Disney+ Thor: Love and Thunder 1 621

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ Topped Weekly Household TV Streaming Through Sept. 11

The debut of the fifth season of Netflix’s original “Cobra Kai” helped the series top all streamed content across household televisions for the week ended Sept. 11, according to new data from Nielsen.

All 50 episodes of the “Kai” franchise generated more than 1.7 billion minutes viewed, easily topping runner up, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder (1.5 billion minutes), eight episodes of “Devil in Ohio,” three episodes of Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which once again bested four episodes of HBO Max’s rival series “House of the Dragon,” with 1 billion minutes.

The “Game of Thrones” prequel held off Disney+ movie access to Pinocchio (930 minutes), and 73 episodes of the original “Game of Thrones” at 805 million minutes.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name Number of Episodes Minutes Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix Cobra Kai 50 1,737
2 Disney+ Thor: Love and Thunder 1 1,500
3 Netflix Devil in Ohio 8 1,377
4 Prime Video The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power 3 1,203
5 HBO Max House of The Dragon 4 1,016
6 Disney+ Pinocchio (2022) 1 930
7 HBO Max Game of Thrones 73 805
8 Netflix NCIS 354 747
9 Netflix Cocomelon 18 701
10 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 622

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

‘Stranger Things’ Tops ‘Cobra Kai’ on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart Through Sept. 23

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Sept. 23. The series had a 2.1% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 74 times the demand of an average series. “Stranger Things” was No. 4 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Another Netflix series, “Cobra Kai,” remained No. 2 with 65.3 times average demand after a 5.8% drop in demand expressions now that all 10 episodes from the fifth season of the “Karate Kid” sequel series have been available for a few weeks. “Cobra Kai” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose two spots to No. 3, with a 17.7% rise in demand expressions and 39.1 times average demand as its fifth season continues.

Netflix ‘s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” took No. 4 on the digital originals chart with 37.4 times average demand.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” slid to No. 5 on the digital originals chart with a 13.4% drop in demand expressions and 35.5 times average demand.

Netflix’s “The Crown” slipped a spot to No. 6 after a 14.5% drop in demand expressions to give it 33.6 times average demand. The series, which got a boost following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose early years on the throne are dramatized by the show, returns for its fifth season Nov. 9.

The biggest jump into the top 10 for the week was Netflix’s “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners,” an anime series inspired by the Cyberpunk 2077 video game that premiered Sept. 13. It had a 148% rise in demand expressions to give it 29.3 times average demand and push it to No. 9, up from No. 71 the previous week.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “Game of Thrones,” with 103.9 times average demand, getting a boost from of prequel series “House of the Dragon,” which was No. 7 with 54.3 times average demand.

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This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Paravision Dreams’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcasts, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley turn back time to the 1950s and cover Scott Marks’ reviews for Sangaree, Those Redheads From Seattle, and Jivaro. What’s interesting about these films is they were shot in 3D, which was a brief craze in the so-called “Atomic Age” some 50 years before it popped up again a decade or so ago. Those Redheads From Seattle, as it turns out, has a claim to fame as the first 3D musical. Also covered is John Latchem’s review of the latest season of “Cobrai Kai” on Netflix, yet another fun excursion to a universe where karate street fights are a fun, everyday occurrence.

At the box office, The Woman King exceeded its projected opening, yet overall the close of the summer continues to be devoid of any blockbusters. Pearl and See How They Run debuted to just over $3 million each. It will be interesting to see what happens when the theatrical release of bigger movies picks up again.

Cobra Kai: Season 5

STREAMING REVIEW:

Netflix;
Comedy;
Not rated.
Stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Peyton List, Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, Thomas Ian Griffith, Dallas Dupree Young, Paul Walter Hauser, Yuji Okumoto, Robyn Lively, Sean Kanan.

The “Cobra Kai” creative team continues its efforts to rehabilitate The Karate Kid Part III with a thoroughly entertaining fifth season that brings multiple storylines to a head while weaving together several disparate threads from the “Karate Kid” mythology into a grand saga.

The season kicks off with the maniacal Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) expanding Cobra Kai dojos throughout Los Angeles. But he has bigger plans in motion and won’t let anything stand in his way, even his old partner Kreese (Martin Kove), who he frames for a crime to have him locked away in prison.

Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), refusing to surrender to Silver’s ambitions, and haunted by Silver’s torment of him the 1980s, enlists the help of his old adversary Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) from Karate Kid Part II, to bring down Cobra Kai once and for all.

Meanwhile, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) heads to Mexico to find Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who has run away south of the border to find the father he has never met.

As for the rest of the newer generation of Karate Kids, both Daniel’s daughter Sam (Mary Mouser) and her main rival, Tory (Peyton List), are troubled by their match in the finals of the All-Valley Tournament — Sam because she can’t understand how she lost, and Tory because she learns that Silver bribed the referee to guarantee her win.

A few timely appearances from even more Karate Kid III characters bring all the storylines into alignment and set the emotional stakes for an epic final confrontation with Silver.

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Obviously the idea of the youth of the San Fernando Valley being so swept up in karate that they take to brawling at public swimming pools is pretty absurd, but that’s the fun of the series. We love the characters, and we love the strange world they inhabit, so it’s easy to invest in their development.

It’s a lot like pro-wrestling in that regard, in that there are heel turns and face turns (i.e. characters switching sides), clearly defined stakes for the characters, and showdowns that reset the cycle of confrontation. It doesn’t need to be taken too seriously beyond the core lessons of right vs. wrong, and good vs. evil.

And for “Karate Kid” fans in particular, the writers pay such attention to detail that even the most obscure references from the films become salient plot points for the show.

Though a lot gets resolved in season five, there are still several dangling plot threads to tie up in a potential season six, not to mention plenty of ways to bring The Next Karate Kid into the fold as well.

Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Cobra Kai’ Still Sit Atop Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Sept. 16. The series had a 7.5% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 75.8 times the demand of an average series. “Stranger Things” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Another Netflix series, “Cobra Kai,” remained No. 2 with 69.5 times average demand after a 57.1% uptick in demand expressions the week following the Sept. 9 premiere of all 10 episodes from the fifth season of the “Karate Kid” sequel series. “Cobra Kai” was No. 5 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” rose to No. 3 on the digital originals chart with a 25.2% rise in demand expressions and 41.1 times average demand. A trailer for the upcoming third season was made public at Disney’s D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim Sept. 10.

Netflix’s “The Crown” jumped back into the top 10 at No. 4, with a 129.5% rise in demand expressions following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose early years on the throne are dramatized by the show. It was No. 33 the previous week. “The Crown” had 39.5 times average demand. The fifth season is expected in November.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose eight spots to No. 5, with a 30.5% rise in demand expressions and 33.29 times average demand after the premiere of its fifth season Sept. 14. The dystopian drama has been renewed for a sixth and final season as well.

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” rose five spots to No. 6, gaining a 26.4% rise in demand expressions and 33.27 times average demand after the show took home several Emmy wins Sept. 12, including a second-consecutive trophy for Best Comedy Series.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “Game of Thrones,” with 111.6 times average demand, getting a boost from of prequel series “House of the Dragon,” which was No. 7 with 55.4 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

 

Netflix: ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘End of The Road’ Top Weekly Streaming

Netflix’s adopted original series “Cobra Kai” made a big comeback as season five returned with 106.7 million hours streamed across 83 countries from Sept. 5-11, making it the most viewed English-language title, according to the SVOD pioneer. Starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, the highly anticipated season introduced a new class of stars who are ready to take their place at the dojo. 

“The Devil in Ohio” limited series pulled in an additional 70.81 million hours streamed across 84 countries. “The Imperfects” made a strong debut with 24.07 million hours viewed and appeared in the top 10 in 42 countries. Viewers tuned into reality show “Dated & Related,” which generated 19.8 million hours viewed.

“The Sandman” continues to generate strong viewership. The DC Comics dark fantasy series saw 19.59 million hours viewed, followed by legal romantic comedy “Partner Track,” which generated 18.21 million. Streamers revisited season one of “The Crown,” which finished No. 7 with 17.57 million hours viewed, followed by “Stranger Things” season four with 16.56 million hours viewed. Limited series “Echoes” saw 14.26 million hours, followed by season one of “Manifest,” with 12.41 million hours viewed.  

Among English-language movies, End of the Road, starring Queen Latifah and Chris Bridges, a.k.a. Ludacris, entered the English-language movies chart at No. 1 with 30.21 million hours viewed across 80 countries. Love in the Villa continued to capture hearts as the movie came in No. 2 with 29.53 million hours streamed. Dark thriller I Came By tallied 26.8 million hours and was in the top 10 in 84 countries. The Kevin Hart-Mark Wahlberg buddy comedy Me Time realized another 20.66 million hours streamed across 77 countries. 

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For the non-English-language TV show list, perennial chart topper Korean drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” realized 31.64 million hours viewed across 35 countries. The series was followed by Mexican drama “High Heat” (26.99 million hours streamed across 45 countries), Korean drama “Alchemy of Souls” (16.84 million/24 countries), Polish drama “Family Secrets” (7.11 million hours), Mexican thriller “Diary of a Gigolo” (27.98 million hours viewed across 45 countries), Korean thriller “Narco-Saints” (20.6 million), drama “Little Women” (9.97 million), and Scandinavian mystery “Entrapped” with 7.9 million hours streamed in its debut. 

On the non-English-language movies list, newcomers included French drama No Limit (13.5 million hours streamed across 55 countries), Spanish comedy Hollyblood and Turkish drama The Festival of Troubadours. In its third week, Danish thriller Loving Adults had 12.59 million hours viewed and entered the all-time list in the 10th spot with 60.02 million hours viewed total in its first 28 days of release. Brazilian comedy Fenced In (9.8 million hours across 10 countries), Spanish thriller Under Her Control (6.5 million hours across 15 countries) and Korean action-adventure Seoul Vibe (3.7 million hours across eight countries) returned to the list. 

‘Stranger Things’ Still No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart, ‘Cobra Kai’ No. 2

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Sept. 9. The series had a 3.5% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 82.4 times the demand of an average series. “Stranger Things” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Another Netflix series, “Cobra Kai,” moved up four spots to No. 2 with 44.5 times average demand after a 49% uptick in demand expressions with the Sept. 9 premiere of all 10 episodes from the fifth season of the “Karate Kid” sequel series.

The Disney+ series “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” slid a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chart. The latest Marvel Comics adaptation stars Tatiana Maslany as the cousin of Bruce Banner, who accidentally gains his Hulk powers, which has major effects on her career as an attorney. The series had an 8.4% drop in demand expressions for the week of its fourth episode to give it 35.5 times the demand of an average series.

Appearing in the top 10 for the first time was Prime Video’s new fantasy prequel “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” purportedly the most-expensive season of television ever produced, at No. 4. It had a 163% bump in demand expressions in the week following its Sept. 2 premiere, giving it 34.8 times average demand. It had been No. 57 the previous week.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” dropped to No. 5 on the digital originals chart with a 7% rise in demand expressions and 33 times average demand. A trailer for the upcoming third season was made public at Disney’s D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim over the weekend.

Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series “The Orville,” which made the transition from the Fox network to Hulu for its third season, slid to No. 6 on the digital originals chart. It had an 0.6% drop in demand expressions to give it 29.9 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “Game of Thrones,” with 110.4 times average demand, getting a boost from of prequel series “House of the Dragon,” which was No. 7 with 49 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.