We are both blessed and cursed to have these shows in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but my high school experience was a lot less hectic than the choir students in Glee’s New directions or Cobra-Kai Miyagi-Do karate-cutting kids.
With Joy is set to premiere on Disney+ and Hulu starting June 1 and the fourth season of Cobra Kai now available on Netflix, I had the mind-boggling revelation that these very different TV shows bear a striking resemblance. Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild ride.
Both shows center on an overzealous teacher who is waaaaay too involved in the personal lives of his high school students.
Both shows focus on the competitive world of a highly niche, unnecessarily high-stakes hobby.
Both shows use the lure of nostalgia.
Both shows have a power couple and, subsequently, a love triangle.
Both shows have absolutely bonkers character development.
The two shows constantly switch students to rival teams.
Both shows have ruthless adults trying to sabotage the lives of simple teenagers.
Both shows lead to a final competition (usually with a celebrity guest!)
Both shows have absurd storylines that we just accept.
Both shows are totally addictive and binge-worthy.