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    Is anyone else watching Cobra Kai, the You Tube series revisiting the original Karate Kid 34 years after the first film?

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    I am so surprised by the quality of this show. Original stars William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are terrific. Creators won access to all original footage, including deleted scenes, to provide texture to this series about middle aged men who still are haunted by their adolescence. From the opening shot of young Johnny Lawrence face down on the mat after Daniel LaRusso nailed him with that single kick fading into Johnny now face down and awakening from a drunken slumber, the show is addictive.

    Each man’s life has evolved from their decades ago confrontation. You can quickly see how confidence, or the lack of, can affect us. This is not a rehash of the movie. Either Johnny and Daniel could be the hero. Each has potential to be the good guy while they still struggle with their resentment over the past.

    I am wondering if a You Tube series has Emmy eligibility. This show is much, much better than some titles being considered.

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    From Variety,

    “Cobra Kai,” a TV offshoot of the “Karate Kid” film franchise, has outperformed all of its streaming competition, according to data provided to Variety by Parrot Analytics for the week of May 6-12, including Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and “Arrested Development,” as well as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    It marks the first time Parrot’s global data has seen a YouTube Red show top the competition, and the highest performing show ever to emerge from the two-year-old streaming service, which hasn’t yet gotten the same buzz for its content that its subscriber VOD rivals have achieved.

    At its peak on May 7, “Cobra Kai” attracted greater than 54% more demand than “13 Reasons Why”; more than twice the demand for “The Handmaid’s Tale”; and 121% more demand than another Netflix original series, “Lost in Space.”

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    I’d love to see this show break in somwhere, but which category would it compete in? On one hand, it’s clearly more of a drama than a comedy, although it has more legitimate laughs than something like Transparent. That being said, there’s also the ridiculous mindset that if a show is only a half hour long then it’s a comedy. Of course the Emmys have made exceptions to this, what with Shameless going from Drama to Comedy. Then again, it might be smarter for Cobra Kai to commit category fraud and compete as a comedy. I can’t imagine it getting into any drama races given the stiff competition. In comedy, however, both Veep and Master of None are ineligible this year and it’s possible that the Emmys are finally tired of Mondern Family. The only new show that’s guaranteed to get nominated is Mrs. Maisel. Even if any of the major comedy categories are off the table, I could see Cobra Kai at least getting nominated for a couple tech awards, ie stunt coordination.

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