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(Pocket-lint) - Of all of Netflix's programming, Cobra Kai stands out. Why? Because it isn't a remake or retelling of existing story, it is a continuation of the classic 1980s Karate Kid movies.

Picking up the story some 30 years later and with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, Cobra Kai revisits many of characters of The Karate Kid movies, mixed with comedy - and dripping in nostalgia, which adds something to the mix that other shows can't quite touch.

Season 4 release date

Season 4 of Cobra Kai will show on Netflix from 31 December and it has ten episodes. All the episodes have landed on the same day, so you can watch the whole thing now.

Season 5 has also been confirmed and will be coming to Netflix in future - we imagine in late 2022.

What happens in Cobra Kai Season 4?

The trailer for season 4 was released in September, showing the continuation of the story from season 3.

For those who don't remember, the love-hate relationship between Daniel and Johnny rolls on, but in season 4 they are united against John Kreese (Martin Kove), with the All-Valley Tournament on the horizon and Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) returning to the Cobra Kai dojo to stand with Kreese, again.

Robby (Tanner Buchanan) is firmly committed to the Cobra Kai dojo, while Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang dojos team up to stand in opposition.

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How to catch up on Cobra Kai

 All three seasons of Cobra Kai are available to stream on Netflix, so catching up with Cobra Kai couldn't be easier.

But that's not the start of the story and to get the best appreciation for what Cobra Kai is doing, you need to go back to the original 1984 movie and start again. Indeed, watching the original The Karate Kid will give you a greater appreciation for those characters that have been revitalised, and provide context to all the flashbacks.

What is the best streaming device for your TV? Our top recommendation is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Also excellent are the Google Chromecast with Google TV, the Roku Express 4K, the Apple TV 4K and the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) moves to Reseda, California. The new kid makes new friends, but in the process attracts the unwanted attention of Johnny Lawrence. After being beaten up, LaRusso turns to Mr Miyagi for help, culminating in a face-off at the All-Valley Karate Championships. This movie provides the context for Cobra Kai's main characters, with a similar story arc.

The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

The second instalment follows the deepening of LaRusso and Miyagi's relationship as the pair return to Japan as Mr Miyagi's father is dying. We learn more about Miyagi's history, as well as introducing Kumiko, who catches LaRusso's eye. Much of this movie is reflected in Cobra Kai season 3, so it's worth a watch.

The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

The third movie sees Kreese visiting his  old Vietnam comrade Terry Silver, who steps up to take over the Cobra Kai dojo, promising revenge on LaRusso and Mr Miyagi. The plot twists leading Danial LaRusso back in the All-Valley tournament having broken and fixed his relationship with Mr Miyagi. This movie provides some context for Cobra Kai season 4.

Writing by Chris Hall.