Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 (2001)

Series 1
Cowboy Bebop

Critics Consensus

Blending a head-spinning array of genres and references, Cowboy BeBop is an anime television classic that must be experienced.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 90
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Air date: Sep 2, 2001
Air date: Sep 2, 2001
Air date: Sep 9, 2001
Air date: Sep 9, 2001
Air date: Sep 23, 2001
Air date: Sep 23, 2001
Air date: Sep 30, 2001
Air date: Sep 30, 2001
Air date: Oct 7, 2001
Air date: Oct 7, 2001
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Tv Season Info

Bounty hunters roam the final frontier of outer space in this anime series.


Steve Blum
as Spike Spiegel
Megumi Hayashibara
as Faye Valentine
Beau Billingslea
as Jet Black
Wendee Lee
as Faye Valentine
Unshô Ishizuka
as Jet Black
Aoi Tada
as Edward
Koichi Yamadera
as Spike Spiegel
Yuzuru Fujimoto
as the Doctor
Yurika Hino
as Katrina
Joe Romersa
as Abdul Hakim
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Critic Reviews for Cowboy Bebop Series 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

Each of the 26 episodes of Cowboy Bebop exemplify a concerted effort to create artwork, music, plot, and character that best play off one another, establishing subtle but consistent series-long themes and arcs.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Cowboy Bebop is the greatest anime series ever.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the all-time great anime series, this romp set in the year 2071 features plenty of action, but never skimped on character development.

May 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The show ultimately features so many cross-ranging influences and nods to other famous works it's almost impossible to keep track. It's Sergio Leone in a spacesuit. It's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with automatic weapons.

May 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Cowboy Bebop is perfect, hitting every off-centre beat and crazy subplot with reckless energy and momentum that nails it every episode.

May 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Its tightly-wound narratives, gorgeously three-dimensional characters, vast original universe, and distinctly mesmerizing visual style help it stand apart from the crowd.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

For all its superbly detailed backgrounds, funky jazz/hip-hop soundtrack and Philip K Dick-esque story, it's let down by stiffly drawn characters and some annoying supporting players.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The characters in Cowboy Bebop are engaging, mysterious, and likable misfits one can easily sympathize with... Having one of the best English dubs out there, Cowboy Bebop is an excellent first anime.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The jazz used for the intergalactic-western setting is smart. It gives it an old-timey noir feeling and it meshes well with the way the characters are written and the way they're animated.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The stories, dialogue, action, setting, and music all had to be in absolute harmony and they were. It's an amazing feat of creativity.

May 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show's greatest asset is its ability to look cool and be smart in ways that other anime only strive for.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It feels like a magnum opus produced at the pinnacle of a long career despite being, almost unbelievably, Watanabe's first series as a director. It is a masterwork that should justly rank among the best works of television of all time.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cowboy Bebop: Series 1

  • Aug 23, 2019
  • Jul 20, 2019
    Most stylish anime must watch
  • Jun 27, 2019
    Watched it back when I was in my teens, and it really left a lasting impression. It's also one of the few Anime series that you can watch over and over because the music, story, message and the art style are just gorgeous. The only personal negative is the fact that every time I watch it I get hit by the nostalgia like a train and it makes me realize that the last almost 20 years went bye like a snap.
  • Jun 09, 2019
    simply put, its the best.
  • Apr 15, 2019
    The most important T.V. series of our time.
  • Mar 08, 2019
    Such a shame they stopped making it
  • Nov 16, 2018
    A classic anime. Great art that holds up. Good pacing and good story lines. One of the few anime that a regular person can watch and enjoy and understand without having to be into anime. One of the few where the DUB is superior to the SUB. If you have to share anime with a regular person not into it this is a good one to start with.
  • Oct 30, 2018
    Not only best anime ever, but the soundtrack and music were phenomenal. Yako Cano and the Seatbelts wrote some amazing, eclectic tunes, best ever in an animated series.
  • Oct 03, 2018
    I love the world and concept of Cowboy Bebop. If that was all that mattered, this would be a 10/10 anime. The problem here is that the episodes are wildly inconsistent in quality. Several times while watching this series, I'd absolutely love an episode, but then it was followed up by a mediocre or uninteresting episode. Some of the bounties that they hunt are just better than others, and that's what leads to the inconsistency in quality. But, overall this was still a blast to watch, and the music used throughout the series is worth the watch on its own.
  • Sep 11, 2018
    The best cartoon I've ever seen. Great soundtrack, great characters (all of whom have psychological issues!), a work of art. Works on so many levels.

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