Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop will only see one season. The highly-anticipated anime adaptation has been cancelled, less than a month after its premiere.
Maybe next time, Space Cowboy.
Based on the popular Japanese anime by the same name, Cowboy Bebop follows three ragtag bounty hunters – aka “cowboys” – that chase down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. But as they pursue those intergalactic criminals, they’re also trying to outrun their troubled pasts. The space Western starrs John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda.
Shinichirō Watanabe, the original series director, served as a consultant, while original composer Yoko Kanno returned to once again create the soundtrack.
Cowboy Bebop Cancelled Three Weeks After Debut
Unfortunately, the 10 episodes of season one are all we’ll see of Cowboy Bebop’s live-action reboot from Netflix. Ultimately, it looks like the highly anticipated series was also highly disappointing. Netflix decided to pull the plug just three weeks after the series debuted on the streaming platform.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision from Netflix “was made by balancing the show’s viewership and cost.” Cowboy Bebop just didn’t make the cut.
As you’d probably expect, everyone involved in making the show is pretty disappointed about Cowboy Bebop getting the Be-chop.
“I truly loved working on this,” tweeted co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. “It came from a real and pure place of respect and affection.”
Grillo-Marxuach added, “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”
Mason Alexander Park, who plays non-binary character Gren in the series, replied to Grillo Marxuach’s tweet to say it was “a joy to work on this with you.”
Grillo-Marxuach wrote back, “Right back at ya!” and added that he had much more planned for season two.
One of the show’s stars, John Cho, also took to Twitter to express his disappointment shortly after the news was announced. Although Cho didn’t mention the show by name, he posted a GIF from Friends. It’s Richard, played by Tom Selleck, glumly saying, “I’m okay.”
Park responded to Chos tweet with, “Love you, friend.”
The Series Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
Despite the fact that the show was highly anticipated, it might not have lived up to the hype. And there was a lot of hype leading up to its release. But as it turns out, was Cowboy Bebop more of a Cowboy Be-flop? Well, the numbers don’t really lie.
Just a glance at Netflix’s Top 10, and you’ll see that it did pull plenty of viewers that tuned in for its release. Since its debut, it’s clocked nearly 74 million viewing hours worldwide. And still, the show is sitting in the top 10.
It just doesn’t seem like any of those viewers liked the show.
The show currently holds a 55 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics rated it even lower, with a 46 percent score. In other words, the 10-episode series left both critics and audiences alike disappointed.
So while people tuned in, the show hasn’t been well-received. Netflix is already notorious for cancelling series after only one or two seasons, and with reviews like that, Cowboy Bebop didn’t stand a chance with the streaming giant.