Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, Cobra Kai brings a nostalgic kick to all fans of the Karate Kid movies since it reunites William Zabka and Ralph Macchio as the karate senseis who must train the new kids and continue their rivalry. Bringing back the iconic characters such as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film The Karate Kid, the promising sequel series also adds an ensemble talented cast, which provides a unique structure to the plot line with their performance.
Owing to great cast performances and well-written episodes, Cobra Kai has garnered global attention and recognition. It has also bagged several nominations and awards, including multiple Primetime Emmys. It’s therefore no surprise that the cast is adorning the series with their exceptional talent. However, you can also watch them in different roles in several other movies and TV shows. Below is the list of other movies and TV shows starring the Cobra Kai cast you should definitely watch next.
William Zabka & Ralph Macchio — The Karate Kid (1984)
It will only be fair to begin the list with The Karate Kid, which introduces William Zabka in his prominent character in the franchise. The film follows Daniel, a 17-year-old kid who transfers to Reseda, Los Angeles from New Jersey along with his mother. After getting beaten up by Johnny Lawrence, he passionately starts learning karate to beat him in his own game. In the 1984 feature film, Zabka plays Johnny Lawrence, Ali’s boyfriend and a black belt in karate, who continuously bullies Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). The Karate Kid grossed a whopping $130 million+ against a budget of $8 million. Also praised critically, The Karate Kid also stars Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller, Chad McQueen, and more.
Ralph Macchio — The Outsiders
The Outsiders is a coming-of-age drama film revolving around a teenage gang in Oklahoma, the Greasers, who have a never-ending dispute with another group, the Socials. Unfortunately, one day, Greaser members Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) and Johnny (Macchio) get into an ugly fight with a Social member, which results in his death. After the event, Ponyboy and Johnny must go into hiding and face the consequences, with the help of their other members. While some Greasers worked to gain redemption, others faced tragic ends. The film is adapted from the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. Over the years, The Outsiders has earned a huge fandom of its own, and is also praised for its cast, who delivered extremely remarkable performances. The Outsiders cast lineup also includes Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane, and others.
Tanner Buchanan — He’s All That
Tanner Buchanan, who plays Roby Keene in Cobra Kai, is also known for the 2021 film He’s All That. The movie is a gender-swapped remake of the popular 1999 film, She’s All That, and follows Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae), a popular influencer, who, after a nasty and embarrassing live-streamed breakup with her boyfriend, accepts a bet to turn the school’s antisocial weirdo, Cameron Kweller (Buchanan), into prom king. Following the base plot of the original film, the story continued in the remake, and had its own charms. Besides the two new leads, original lead from the 1999 film, Rachel Leigh Cook, is also in the film, playing Rae’s mother. He’s All That also stars Madison Pettis, Peyton Meyer, Matthew Liliard, Isabelle Crovetti, Myra Molloy, and more.
Xolo Marideuna — Parenthood
Parenthood is a comedy-drama series that ran for six years (2010-2015). It revolves around its main characters, the Braverman family, which consists of an older couple, their four children and extended families. The multigenerational California-based clan struggles with various topics, like raising their children, marriage, and facing hard situations together. Showcasing importance of family and how they support each other, Parenthood had an excellent ensemble cast, which obviously included Cobra Kai’s Xolo Marideuna, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Mae Whitman, and others.
Mary Mouser — Frenemies
Starring Zendaya, Bella Thorne, and Mary Mouser as three best friends who go to the same school, Frenemies is a 2012 teen-comedy television film based on the novel of the same name. The plot is told by the three protagonists, who narrate different stories as the film is also divided in sections. A Disney Channel original, the movie has its own take on how best friends can have their sour differences, which can lead them to turn into frenemies. A must-watch for teenagers, the film is a great pick for a BFF sleepover.
Martin Kove — Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey showcases the daily lives of two partner cops, Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney. Although they accompany each other every day, they lead different lives: Cagney is a single and career-oriented woman, Lacey is a married mother. The two police officers work to catch the bad guys, and simultaneously tackle the sexism in a male-dominant workplace. The 1981 TV series is a perfect representation of women empowerment of character who can perfectly manage house and career duties. The scripts are very well written, making it one of the best cop shows that one can watch. Its outstanding cast stars Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, John Karlen, Al Waxman, Tony La Torre, and, of course, Cobrai Kai’s very own Martin Kove.