The streaming giant has canceled the live-action Cowboy Bebop TV series less than a month after its highly-anticipated first season debuted on Netflix. The show is based on the wildly popular Japanese anime series, which first debuted on TV Tokyo in 1998.
The Netflix show’s (Cowboy Bebop on Netflix) mild reaction from critics and fans alike has led to its downfall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, the show was heavily publicized and promoted, it ultimately fell quite short of its high expectations. Meanwhile, the 10-episode season earned just a 46% rating from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with the show not faring much better in the audience rating with 56%. The Netflix Top 10 viewership website revealed that the show has grossed over 74 million viewing hours since its debut on November 19.
Still, the show’s viewership dropped a massive 59% in its second full week of release, which certainly contributed to the cancellation. Netflix’s renewal rate for shows that have spanned two seasons or more is at 60%, with the streaming service deciding on renewals based on viewership and cost. However, the original anime series only spanned one season as well, but the show was so beloved it’s credited with popularizing anime with Western audiences after its debut on Adult Swim in 2001.
For unversed, the show followed a trio of bounty hunters, known as ‘cowboys’ in this futuristic landscape, who team up on their ship known as Bebop. John Cho starred as the iconic Spike Spiegel, who teams up with Mustafa Shakir’s Jet Black and Daniella Pineda’s Faye Valentine, along with the Welsh Corgi dog Ein. Coyboy Bebop Netflix cast also includes Elena Satine as Julia, Alex Hassell as Vicious, Ann Truong as Shin, Geoff Stults as Chalmers, and John Noble as Caliban.
John Cho responded to the show’s cancellation on Twitter, posting a Tom Selleck meme from Friends that reads, “I’m okay.” While, Writer and 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,” Grillo-Marxuach began. “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…” he concluded, adding, #CowboyBebop #whateverhappens.