Cobra Kai, the sequel series to ’80s martial arts classic The Karate Kid, has been stuck behind a paywall for YouTube’s subscription service, YouTube Premium, since its debut last year. But no more, as the show’s subscription requirement is getting crane kicked to the curb.
YouTube has dropped the paywall for the first season of the series as part of its new ad-supported streaming strategy, and you can watch it for free now. Season 2 will also be available to stream for free starting on Sept. 11, according to Variety. As YouTube moves all of its scripted content to the AVOD (ad-supported video on demand), that means the upcoming third season of Cobra Kai will also likely be released ahead of the paywall. However, you won’t be able to binge it — that privilege is still being reserved for paying subscribers. Instead, episodes will release weekly, like a TV show.
The series stars Karate Kid alums Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) and follows Johnny as he re-opens the Cobra Kai dojo 34 years after the events of the first film. In doing so, he ends up rekindling his rivalry with Daniel, who despite being more successful than Johnny, has also struggled in his life following the passing of Mr. Miyagi.
The series has gotten surprisingly excellent reviews, so if you’ve been waiting to check out Cobra Kai for free, now’s your chance.