The Karate Kid Timeline

The Karate Kid has been a classic since 1984 when it was first released. Now it lives on with the Cobra Kai television show. Here it is in order.

What’s on the Karate Kid Timeline?

This Karate Kid timeline assembles all of the Karate Kid stories into one chronological timeline. Now, with the Karate Kid franchise, there have been a few outliers. These include The Next Karate Kid, and the 2010 reboot. We’ve included those here since there is no official word on canonicity within the Karate Kid universe.

This timeline also includes the Cobra Kai television series, produced by YouTube. If you ask us, it’s a fine continuation of the series.

Where to Start?

There is only one good place to start with this Karate Kid timeline, and that’s at the beginning. Start with the original 1984 film. We also recommend the second film as well. Otherwise, you can skip ahead to the Cobra Kai television series. We don’t really recommend anything in-between.

As always, if you see something that should be added, taken away, or changed, let us know. We love to hear your feedback. And if you liked this timeline, you might enjoy some of our others, like our Back to the Future timeline.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

The Karate Kid

Film

Robert Mark Kamen

1984-06-22

2

The Karate Kid

Film

Robert Mark Kamen

1986-06-20

3

The Karate Kid

Film

Robert Mark Kamen

1989-06-30

4

The Karate Kid

Film

Mark Lee

1994-09-09

5

The Karate Kid

Film

Christopher Murphey

2010-06-11

We can pretend this exists in the same continuity, but over in China.

6

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald

2018-05-02

7

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

8

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

9

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

10

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

11

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

12

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

13

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

14

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

15

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald
Michael Jonathan Smith

2018-05-02

16

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald

2019-04-24

17

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald

2019-04-24

18

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Stacey Harman

2019-04-24

19

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Kevin McManus
Matthew McManus

2019-04-24

20

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald

2019-04-24

21

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Josh Heald

2019-04-24

22

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Kevin McManus
Matthew McManus

2019-04-24

23

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Joe Piarulli
Luan Thomas

2019-04-24

24

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Michael Jonathan Smith

2019-04-24

25

The Karate Kid

TV Episode

Joe Piarulli
Luan Thomas

2019-04-24

Comments
  1. Brad Mengel

    Hi Jason,
    My daughter has been on a big Karate Kid jag at the moment so we’ve been doing so youtube and internet searching on the Karate Kid
    There was a one season Karate Kid Animated series that ran for 13 episodes back in the eighties. From memory it came out in 1989 between parts 2 & 3.
    IDW has done a Cobra Kai comic book but it seems to be a retelling for Karate Kid (1984) from Johnny’s point of view.
    I agree that Karate Kid 2010 sits in the same continuity as the original series as there was plans for Danny La Russo to make a cameo.
    I’m half tempted to suggest the video clip for “sweep the leg” by No More Kings but it seems to have Zabka and Machio playing themselves but it works a prequel of sorts to Cobra Kai.

    Just for completeness the video clip for “I need your love” bu the Australian band The Temper Trap has an imaginary sequel to Karate Kid 84 where Johnny goes to Mr Miyagi for training.

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