Parents' Guide to

Cowboy Bebop

By Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Space adventures meant for mature anime fans.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 10+

One of the best animes out there

This show is one of the best animes I have ever watched. The more episodic nature of the show makes it approachable for new fans of the genre, while the symbolism and great writing will entertain most Otakus.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 16+

I found it boring but alot of people like it

The only episode that held my attention is the episode where everyone is tripping on mushrooms. The dog started bouncing like a toy dog and everyone else was acting bizzarre as well. This show is not for kids and it might not even hold their attention anyway. I only saw the anime so I could scratch it off my anime watch list. It's not the worst I have seen and many people enjoy it but I didn't care for it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (47):

As with most anime series, there's extensive back story, but encyclopedic knowledge of this fictional world isn't required for viewing enjoyment. That said, due to its mature nature, it's not a good fit for younger viewers. But older teens and adults are likely to appreciate its creative sensibility.

Heavily influenced by American jazz and rockabilly from the 1940s and '50s, with an opening credits sequence that reminiscent of '60s spy shows and cartoons like Jonny Quest -- plus individual episodes named for popular songs like "My Funny Valentine" and "Bohemian Rhapsody -- Cowboy Bebop's atmospheric animation is a notch above the static images of many anime. Ship design, space station layout, and many other sci-fi elements are well thought out (one main character's transport ship looks like a cross between a '59 Bel Air and an X-Wing).

TV Details

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