Cowboy Bebop cancelled: Why has Netflix cancelled Cowboy Bebop after one season?

Cowboy Bebop: Trailer for animated Japanese series

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Cowboy Bebop was inspired by the cult anime series of the same name and it followed a group of bounty hunters, led by heart-throb Spike Spiegel (played by John Cho). The series first made its debut on November 19 but it has been cancelled by Netflix less than a month after. The live-action anime adaptation followed Spike and his allies as they searched multiple galaxies for wanted criminals. 

Why has Cowboy Bebop been cancelled?

Mustafa Shakir went down a huge hit with fans as Spike’s trusted co-pilot Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda played bounty hunter Faye Valentine.

The show was delayed for months due to an injury sustained by Cho, but this made its arrival all the more exciting. 

Yet when it first aired, it was met with mixed reviews and despite its popularity on a global scale, it didn’t make a lasting impression in the streamer’s Top 10.

Deadline shared that the series was cancelled because of the expensive production, as filming takes place in New Zealand.

In order for Netflix to renew the series, the viewership ratings had to be of a certain level to secure a renewal.

This explains why the cancellation happened so quickly, instead of the usual 28-day wait for audience data to emerge.

Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the decision, with one saying: “So, so disappointed that #Netflix has cancelled #CowboyBebop in its first season.

“Didn’t even give it a chance to get its space legs. Here’s to you #SpaceCowboy. Hopefully someone will pick up and #CarryThatWeight.”


90schild said: “#CowboyBebop was a good adaptation! It really captured the the spirit and energy of the characters and original series without attempting to reenact or recreate it which just never would have translated to live action. I’m devastated and hope another network picks it up.”

At this moment in time, there is no news on whether there are talks for the show to move to a different home. 

However, this is not an unusual thing to happen as shows like Lucifer and Manifest have moved to different networks in the past. 

Shawn Waugh commented: “I’m bummed out to hear about #CowboyBebop’s cancellation. 

“Translating anime into live action is hard, and I think the CB team did an amazing job bridging that gap.

“Special shoutout to @alixiepoobear and @senatornaomi, who worked on it. Staff/develop them. They’re amazing.”

There are some viewers, however, who said they could not get past the first episode of the adaptation. 

GrauchoManx said: “I only vaguely recall the anime so went into this without any expectations but I couldn’t even make it through episode 1 of #CowboyBebop, it was so bad.”

The team behind the series has also reacted to the news, saying they had a lot more in the pipeline. 

Co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach tweeted: “I truly loved working on this.

“It came from a real and pure place of respect and affection. I wish we could make what we planned for a second season, but you know what they say, men plan, god laughs. See you space cowboy… #CowboyBebop #whateverhappens.”

Cast member Mason Alexander Park replied, “A joy to work on this with you,” adding a heart emoji.

Cowboy Bebop is on Netflix now.

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