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Before Cobra Kai There Was Hong Kong Phooey

My husband Robert is pretty much ready to call it a night every night at 9 p.m. So, the fact he kept me up three nights in a row binge-watching Cobra Kai, is an indication of just how much Gen-Xers — particularly Gen-X men — love this show. Originally released as a web series on YouTube in 2018, The Karate Kid spinoff failed to gain a huge following until it was picked up by Netflix two weeks ago. For the last eight days, it has held the #1 spot on Netflix Daily Top 10 list. making it a top-10 Netflix original.

Before Cobra Kai: Hong Kong Phooey

But, I just want to say, before Cobra Kai and the Karate Kid, there was Hong Kong Phooey! If you watched the original episodes back in the fall of 1974, you’ve got serious Gen X street-cred. =) I honestly thought he was Underdog’s cousin, who was quite possibly Huckleberry Hound’s son. lol. Anyway, I made this meme for my husband and all his Gen X buddies born in the 1960s. Basically, I just to make memes all day long. lol. So fun! I got tired of all the old ones and started making my own. I even created a new page for them for quick reference. Check it out!

Cobra Kai: Gen X Gold

I learned about Cobra Kai from my friend Rachel who told me it was Gen-X gold. Although it’s a little goofy in places and the excessive coarse and foul language is ugh, the show is filled with wonderful early 1980s cultural touchstones that are cherished by first-wave Gen-Xers. I love this scene where Johnny and Daniel sing Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon.


This was a huge hit back in the day, but not one that anyone would ever describe as a Gen-X anthem. It was just a great song. I loved it so much it was the first tag line on the Gen-X car sticker, which by the way is selling like hotcakes on Facebook. I’m the Fulfillment Department for the sticker, lol, and it’s all a little crazy-making as I attempt to fill orders with payments coming from Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, and Snail Mail. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that this is the 80s song that appears in one of the most important episodes of Cobra Kai. I decided a year ago that the tag line, Take It On The Run, was too obscure and replaced it with the better known Don’t You (Forget About Me) from The Breakfast Club. Maybe I’ll switch it back!


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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    The karate kid and cobra kai are both genx staples..a fatherless generation of young boys..Mr Miyagi was our unanswered prayer…and it continues with cobra kai…


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