Cowboy Bebop

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  • TV-14
  • 2001
  • 1 Season
  • 8.9  (137,820)

Cowboy Bebop is a cult classic anime series that premiered in 1998 in Japan and was later broadcasted on Cartoon Network in the United States. The show revolutionized the genre and is still considered one of the most iconic anime titles of all time. Set in the year 2071, Cowboy Bebop follows the adventures of a diverse group of bounty hunters traveling on their spaceship, the Bebop, through the galaxy while searching for incredibly dangerous criminals. The crew consists of Spike Spiegel, the suave and laid-back lead character, Jet Black, the ship's captain, Faye Valentine, a beautiful femme fatale with a mysterious past, Ein, a genetically enhanced Corgi, and Edward, a quirky teenage hacker.

The main storyline of Cowboy Bebop revolves around the hunt for the most notorious bounty targets in the galaxy. Every episode features the Bebop crew taking on a new mission, encountering new allies and enemies, and facing new challenges. Spike, Jet, Faye, and the rest of the team are all flawed and complex characters, with their own demons and skeletons in the closet.

The show is a fusion of different genres, blending sci-fi, film noir, action, and western elements. The animation style is stunning, featuring beautifully detailed, intricately designed characters and environments. The music is an essential part of the show's DNA, with a soundtrack that ranges from jazz to blues to rock that was composed by Yoko Kanno, renowned for her exceptional compositions.

The show's pacing is masterful, moving fluidly between action-packed moments and introspective, emotional scenes, exploring the characters' past and how it impacts their present. Cowboy Bebop has a nuanced approach to its themes, which include the nature of humanity, the meaning of freedom, and the human condition in the face of a bleak and uncertain future.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Cowboy Bebop is the voice acting, which was exceptional in both the Japanese version and the English dub. Megumi Hayashibara shines as Faye, a complex and multifaceted character who is both tough and vulnerable. Unsho Ishizuka delivers a standout performance as Jet, the ship's grizzled but compassionate captain, and Koichi Yamadera brings a sense of coolness to Spike Spiegel that is utterly unforgettable.

Cowboy Bebop is also known for its unique episode titles, which are often references to movies or songs, and are an integral part of the show's identity. These titles are a perfect reflection of the show's style, blending genres and references, and showcasing the creators' love for cinema and pop culture.

Overall, Cowboy Bebop is a timeless masterpiece that defies categorization. It is a show that has been loved by generations of anime fans and has inspired countless other creators. Its themes, characters, animation, music, and storytelling continue to resonate with viewers, and it remains a must-watch for anyone looking for an unforgettable, original anime experience.

Cowboy Bebop is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on September 2, 2001.

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The Real Folk Blues, Part 2
26. The Real Folk Blues, Part 2
April 23, 1999
Spike finally finds the woman he's been searching for, and Faye makes a surprising return to the Bebop. With the syndicate in hot pursuit, Spike seeks to end the reign of Vicious.
The Real Folk Blues, Part 1
25. The Real Folk Blues, Part 1
April 16, 1999
Spike and Jet are ambushed by members of the syndicate, and Faye has an unexpected encounter with a woman from Spike's past.
Session #24 Hard Luck Woman
24. Session #24 Hard Luck Woman
April 10, 1999
Faye and Ed discover clues to their respective pasts that could send the crew of the Bebop heading in very different directions.
Session #23 Brain Scratch
23. Session #23 Brain Scratch
April 3, 1999
Faye goes undercover to collect the bounty on a deranged cult leader, but when the mysterious organization brainwashes her into a very deep sleep - she'll need a little help from her friends.
Session #22 Cowboy Funk
22. Session #22 Cowboy Funk
March 27, 1999
Spike's attempts to apprehend the infamous Teddy Bear Bomber are maddeningly derailed by a mysterious - and clueless - cowboy!
Session #21 Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
21. Session #21 Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
March 20, 1999
Spurred by a cryptic email, Jet goes looking for an old friend, but finds his daughter - and a mysterious sun stone - instead.
Session #20 Pierrot Le Fou
20. Session #20 Pierrot Le Fou
March 13, 1999
Spike takes a beating during a chance encounter with an indestructible assassin. While Jet searches for the secret to the madman's power, Spike goes looking for payback!
Session #19 Wild Horses
19. Session #19 Wild Horses
March 6, 1999
While Spike pays a visit to the man who built his ship, Faye and Jet go fishing for space pirates.
Session #18 Speak Like a Child
18. Session #18 Speak Like a Child
February 27, 1999
When a mysterious package arrives, Faye disappears on a gambling binge, and Spike and Jet embark on a frustrating search for ancient technology!
Session #17 Mushroom Samba
17. Session #17 Mushroom Samba
February 20, 1999
After the Bebop crash lands, Ed and Ein's search for food turns up some very expensive mushrooms with psychedelic side effects!
Session #16 Black Dog Serenade
16. Session #16 Black Dog Serenade
February 13, 1999
Jet teams up with a former partner to settle the score with the man who took his arm, but he soon discovers that memories can be deceiving.
Session #15 My Funny Valentine
15. Session #15 My Funny Valentine
January 30, 1999
When Jet brings in a fugitive from Faye's past, the rebellious beauty must decide whether to turn him in - or give an old flame one last chance.
Session #14 Bohemian Rhapsody
14. Session #14 Bohemian Rhapsody
January 23, 1999
The Bebop Crew embarks on a wild goose chase of a bounty hunt that leads them deep into space in search of an ancient chess master.
Jupiter Jazz pt.2
13. Jupiter Jazz pt.2
October 14, 2001
Spike thought he was a dead man, but it would seem his former Red Dragon buddy Lin is not as loyal to Vicious as he pretends. In the sleet-driven streets of Blue Crow, Jet is chasing Faye, Faye is hunting Gren, Gren is gunning for Vicious, Vicious is after Spike, and Spike just wants to find his lost-love Julia. Spike discovers that he and Gren have a lot in common they both loved Julia, and were both betrayed by Vicious.
Jupiter Jazz, Part I
12. Jupiter Jazz, Part I
October 7, 2001
Jet is hunting an escaped convict a wartime spy on the run on Callisto. But Faye cleans out the safe and goes AWOL, hiding out in the men-only Callistan town of Blue Crow which just happens to be the place where the Red Dragon syndicate are planning the system's biggest Red-Eye drug-deal, and where Vicious old war buddy Gren is going to double-cross him.
Toys In The Attic
11. Toys In The Attic
October 7, 2001
With no criminals to hunt, the crew of the Bebop have nothing to do. Jet loses his shirt at dice with Faye, Spike tries some blowtorch cookery, and Ed tries to convince them all there's an alien intruder wandering the ship. One by one, the crew fall prey to a critter in the ventilation system, and Spike is forced to do the unthinkable. clean out the fridge. The episode was originally planned as a soliloquy by Ein the dog.
Ganymede Elegy
10. Ganymede Elegy
September 30, 2001
It should have been a routine trip to drop off a captured felon, but this latest mission finds the Bebop landing on Ganymede, for the first time since Jet left his past behind eight years before. He tries to patch things up with Elisa, the girl who broke his heart, but instead walks into a crisis of loyalties, when her new boyfriend turns out to be a man wanted for murder. Does Jet help out the woman he once loved, take his revenge for a broken heart, or stay true to his cop's code of honor?
Jamming With Edward
9. Jamming With Edward
September 30, 2001
A world-class graffiti artist is drawing on entire continents, etching patterns on the Earth with orbital lasers. Suspecting a computer hacker, the police put out an 8 million woolong reward on the culprit, and the Bebop crew leap into action. Except the culprit is an artificial intelligence, and the hacker is its only friend, a child prodigy who insists on calling herself Edward Wong Hai Pepelu Tivrusky IV, or Radical Edward.
Waltz for Venus
8. Waltz for Venus
September 30, 2001
Now that it's been terraformed, Venus is a beautiful planet. Unfortunately, the floating plants used to maintain the environment make some people sick. The Bebop's crew is pursuing another bounty here, and Spike has reluctantly accepted a young man named Roco as a pupil.
Heavy Metal Queens
7. Heavy Metal Queens
September 23, 2001
There seem to be more cowboys than civilians hanging around everybody wants a piece of the reward on explosives expert Decker... everybody, that is, except no-nonsense lady space trucker V.T., who hates bounty hunters. But Spike thinks that V.T. protests a little too much, and offers her the hand of friendship. When another trucker gets hurt, it's V.T. and Spike who join forces, before Decker and his cargo of solid nitro blow everything sky-high.
Sympathy For The Devil
6. Sympathy For The Devil
December 16, 2001
Supplies are running out, and Faye is even reduced to eating Ein's dog food. The boys are chasing a hoodlum who turns up mortally wounded, pressing a strange gemstone into Spike's hand. The key to the mystery lies in the terrible gateway incident that wiped out so much of the world's population fifty years earlier, though in the case of one individual, it had an entirely different effect.
Ballad Of Fallen Angels
5. Ballad Of Fallen Angels
September 16, 2001
The Red Dragon syndicate is trying to go legit, but mid-ranking mobster Vicious is killing off all the moderates. Nobody can stop him, the one man who could have, is missing, presumed dead. His name was Spike Spiegel, whose former gangster past is something of a surprise to his current associate, former cop Jet Black.
Gateway Shuffle
4. Gateway Shuffle
September 9, 2001
Ever since escaped convict Twinkle Maria Murdock took over, the Space Warriors ecological group have become increasingly militant. They've moved on from merely saving the Ganymede sea rat know they're holding eight million people to ransom with the deadly simian-rabies virus Monkey Business. The government is ready to admit defeat, until Faye takes a package from a dying astronaut in a drifting wreck.
Honky Tonk Women
3. Honky Tonk Women
September 9, 2001
Legendary gambler Faye Valentine is on the run with a six million woolong price on her head. Casino-owner Gordon makes her an offer she can't refuse a special client to lose all his money, and he'll pay off her stupendous debts. The prize: the best code-breaking program in the history of mankind, hidden inside a special casino chip that falls into the unsuspecting hands of Spike Spiegel.
Stray Dog Strut
2. Stray Dog Strut
September 2, 2001
Notorious pet-thief Abdul Hakim is on the run with a stolen experimental creature, but Spike and Jet have a lead. Thanks to a tip-off from a disgruntled plastic surgeon, the boys are the only ones who know Hakim's new face, and plan on bringing him in before anyone else finds out. Except Hakim's lost his pet to another thief, and the super-intelligent creature has given them both the slip.
Asteroid Blues
1. Asteroid Blues
September 2, 2001
Small-time hoodlum Asimov Solenson and his girlfriend Katerina are on the run from the mob with a priceless shipment of the illegal drug Bloody Eye. There's also a bounty on their heads, and freelancer Spike Spiegel is determined to get it. The couple twice elude Spike in a chase across the surface of Mars, but his Swordfish II speedster is a tough craft to outrun. A tough, uncompromising opening, considered too hot for Japanese terrestrial TV, and only shown on the serial's satellite run.
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Cowboy Bebop is available for streaming on the Cartoon Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cowboy Bebop on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 2, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (137,820)