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.

#AmazonNameMediaDirectorWriterSeriesDateNotes
1BuyThe Karate KidFilmJohn G. AvildsenRobert Mark KamenThe Karate Kid1984-06-22
2BuyThe Karate Kid Part IIFilmJohn G. AvildsenRobert Mark KamenThe Karate Kid1986-06-20
3BuyThe Karate Kid Part IIIFilmJohn G. AvildsenRobert Mark KamenThe Karate Kid1989-06-30
4BuyThe Next Karate KidFilmChristopher CainMark LeeThe Karate Kid1994-09-09
5BuyThe Karate Kid (2010)FilmHarald ZwartChristopher MurpheyThe Karate Kid2010-06-11We can pretend this exists in the same continuity, but over in China.
6BuyCobra Kai 1.01: Ace DegenerateTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergCobra Kai2018-05-02
7BuyCobra Kai 1.02: Strike FirstTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
8BuyCobra Kai 1.03: EsqueletoTV EpisodeJennifer CelottaJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
9BuyCobra Kai 1.04: Cobra Kai Never DiesTV EpisodeJennifer CelottaJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
10BuyCobra Kai 1.05: CounterbalanceTV EpisodeJosh HealdJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
11BuyCobra Kai 1.06: QuiverTV EpisodeJosh HealdJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
12BuyCobra Kai 1.07: All ValleyTV EpisodeSteve PinkJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
13BuyCobra Kai 1.08: MoltingTV EpisodeSteve PinkJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
14BuyCobra Kai 1.09: Different but SameTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
15BuyCobra Kai 1.10: MercyTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2018-05-02
16BuyCobra Kai 2.01: Mercy, Part IITV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergCobra Kai2019-04-24
17BuyCobra Kai 2.02: Back in BlackTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergCobra Kai2019-04-24
18BuyCobra Kai 2.03: Fire and IceTV EpisodeMichael GrossmanStacey HarmanCobra Kai2019-04-24
19BuyCobra Kai 2.04: The Moment of TruthTV EpisodeMichael GrossmanKevin McManus, Matthew McManusCobra Kai2019-04-24
20BuyCobra Kai 2.05: All InTV EpisodeJosh HealdJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergCobra Kai2019-04-24
21BuyCobra Kai 2.06: Take a RightTV EpisodeJosh HealdJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergCobra Kai2019-04-24
22BuyCobra Kai 2.07: LullTV EpisodeJennifer CelottaKevin McManus, Matthew McManusCobra Kai2019-04-24
23BuyCobra Kai 2.08: Glory of LoveTV EpisodeJennifer CelottaJoe Piarulli, Luan ThomasCobra Kai2019-04-24
24BuyCobra Kai 2.09: PulpoTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergMichael Jonathan SmithCobra Kai2019-04-24
25BuyCobra Kai 2.10: No MercyTV EpisodeJon Hurwitz, Hayden SchlossbergJoe Piarulli, Luan ThomasCobra Kai2019-04-24
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.

  2. Jerry

    Here is an idea… The Karate Kids (2010) .. just pretend it does not exist…..

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