Netflix has Cancelled Their Live Action “Cowboy Bebop” Series After One Season

Netflix’s hotly anticipated, and heavily marketed, live-action series “Cowboy Bebop” will not be returning for a second season. The show premiered just a few weeks ago on November 19th and stars John Cho (“Star Trek”) alongside Mustafa Shakir (“Luke Cage”) and Daniella Pineda (“The Vampire Diaries”) and was based on the popular anime series. The original anime director Shinichiro Watanabe acted as consultant for the live-action remake which follows a team of space cowboys hunting bounties while trying to run away from their pasts. The original 1998 animated series is also available on Netflix globally.

In the shows first three days on Netflix it had 21.6m hours of viewing according to Netflix’s Top 10 stats website which placed it at number 6 in the top 10 TV series globally. In its second week this increased to 36.9m hours viewed putting it at number 2 globally before plummeting to number 9 and just 15.2m hours in its third week.

While Netflix’s Top 10 stats do give us an idea of popularity, it still doesn’t give us the full story or the official reasons for the cancellation. Did everyone who wanted to watch it ninja through the series in its first week or so? Or were there lots of people that started it but simply didn’t enjoy it? Production issues also plagued the series with star John Cho suffering an injury on-set in late 2019 causing a halt on the production and then the global Covid-19 pandemic then added further delay. So the cancellation could still be for financial reasons or it could be a mixture of all the points above.

It is also worth noting, in advance of everyone claiming Netflix cancels everything, that their renewal rate for scripted series getting two or more seasons is roughly 60% – very similar to the industry standard [source].

Let’s hope that the live-action version of One Piece fares better…

COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.


John Cho: Spike
Haunted by visions of the woman he loved and lost, Julia, Spike’s criminal past slowly catches up to him — putting him and the Bebop crew in the crosshairs of the solar system’s most lethal criminal organization, the Syndicate.


Mustafa Shakir: Jet

Jet holds tight to his honor and optimism, acting as a father figure to his misfit crew, always seeing the best in his partner, Spike… until it’s too late.


Daniella Pineda: Faye

She’s always on the search for the person with the key to her identity. In the meantime, she’ll fake it till she makes it.


Alex Hassell: Vicious

Once he was Spike’s best friend, now he’s his mortal enemy and is obsessed with taking him down.

As well as:

  • Geoff Stults as Chalmers, Jet’s ex-partner
  • Tamara Tunie as Ana, Martian club owner
  • Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Ana’s right hand person
  • Rachel House as Mao, White Tigers Capo
  • Ann Truong and Hoa Xuande as Shin & Lin, Vicious’s twin henchmen

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