9 Shows Like Cowboy Bebop to Watch Next

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Cowboy Bebop is one of Netflix’s latest originals releasing in November 2021. Based on the anime series of the same name, this live-action adaptation counts John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda among its leads. You don’t have to be familiar with anime favorites to love this space-based story, but it won’t hurt. 

Fans of science fiction, extraterrestrial tales, and all things Mars will get a kick out of the 10-episode series. Cowboy Bebop follows a group of bounty hunters in 2071 who work for an organization called the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP). From aboard their ship, the Bebop, these space crusaders chase down criminals across several planets. 

If you love the space elements of Cowboy Bebop, can’t get enough of the action sequences, or just love the fantasy genre, you may also love these ten shows. All shows are rated with a green Metascore, meaning that they’re some of our most recommended shows to watch next. 

75 Supergirl (2015)

Best for: Superhero fanatics
Where to watch: fuboTV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 6

Like Cowboy Bebop, this adaptation is also live-action. The series thus far has six seasons, following Kara Zor-El, who was sent to Earth from Krypton when she was 13 years old. She was supposed to protect her cousin on Earth--but her spaceship went off track. By the time she got to the planet, her cousin was a grown-up Superman. This series follows Kara starting at age 25, when she has an alter ego as Supergirl and a responsibility to protect her home of National City. 

Fans of Cowboy Bebop might appreciate this show’s similar themes of intergalactic travel and justice. 

"Supergirl's CW debut [is] very, very good and represents the best DC Comics television has to offer."

— Craig Byrne, Collider

72 The Expanse

Best for: Fans of space-related action 
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 6

Spaceships? Check. Mystery? Check. This show will intrigue many Cowboy Bebop viewers, and you have five seasons to binge. The series picks up about 200 years in the future during a period of strife between Earth and Mars. The United Nations deploys a team of law enforcement to find a missing woman as they work to ensure peace between the two planets. The team uncovers a large conspiracy along the way involving biohazards. Much of the action takes place aboard the spaceship Rocinante after the team’s other ships are destroyed.

If you like the idea of inter-planet drama, this series may appeal to your interests. 

"'The Expanse’ is an evolving text that an increased sense of scale has only made richer."

— Steve Greene, IndieWire

82 Legion

Best for: X-Men comic fans, thrill-seekers
Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 3

In this thoughtful examination of mental illness, a world emerges in which the main character realizes he isn’t just different--he is also a mutant. Based on an X-Men character, Legion taps into what a lot of people like about Cowboy Bebop. A cerebral mystery and fantasy world combine to enthrall viewers in all three seasons of this show. The narrative prowess of Legion was praised across all 27 episodes. 

"There is an abundance of quality in Legion at every level, making it a show you can’t stop watching."

— David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

93 Samurai Jack

Best for: Animation fans, dark drama enthusiasts
Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 5

This is an animated series, and while it’s not anime like the original Cowboy Bebop, fans of adult animation will appreciate the artistry in this series that first aired in 2001. The story follows a Japanese samurai prince with a mystical samurai sword. Fighting to take his kingdom back from evil forces, Jack finds himself traveling through time as he takes on malicious forces. 

If you like traditional anime and good vs. evil stories, you may get a kick out of the five seasons of Samurai Jack

"Everything glows. One hopes for a happy ending, of course, but what matters most is shape and color, the abstraction of rain on stone, the sun through the trees."

— Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

86 Undone

Best for: Fans of animation, time-traveling aficionados
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Seasons: 1

This series displays a type of fantasy and science fiction that strays far from the world of Cowboy Bebop. But anyone who loves the rich characters of anime can still appreciate this beautifully animated tale. The story follows a young woman who tries to uncover the mystery of her father’s death. The added twist? She was in an accident that left her able to travel through time. 

"It is magnificent art, a world opulently realized from its oil painted backgrounds to its sound design."

— James Poniewozik, The New York Times

82 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Best for: Muppets fans, fantasy lovers
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

This Netflix series is a prequel to the 1982 film The Dark Crystal. The show explores the planet Thra and follows three siblings who are trying to save it from destruction. Much like the justice seekers in Cowboy Bebop want to rid their world of negative forces, the protagonists in this 10-part series are trying to avoid something called the Darkening. If you love beautiful puppetry and rich storytelling, you will be enthralled by this show. 

"Age of Resistance is like an immense, ten-hour magic show, engrossing down to the very last wondrous detail."

— Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture

89 Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Best for: Sci-fi fans
Where to watch: Peacock, Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 4

This space-set series takes place in a far-off galaxy where people inhabit the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. The Battlestar Galactica is the only military ship to survive an attack staged by man-made clones. Along with a few civilian aircraft, the ship embarks on a mission to a fabled place called Earth. The series invokes themes of mortality and valor that are similar to those in Cowboy Bebop

"One of TV's most invigorating and intellectually stimulating series."

— Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News

82 Harley Quinn

Best for: Batman fans, comedy lovers
Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 2

This animated series is a lot funnier than some of the other picks on our list, but it maintains a fantasy world and it just might tickle you. Kaley Cuoco voices the character of Harley Quinn, who has just broken up with the Joker when the series picks up. Yikes. The superhero series takes place in Gotham. You’ll see Harley form the Legion of Doom, which includes other comic favorites like Poison Ivy and Doctor Psycho. 

"The writing is frequently uproarious, chock full of millennial nostalgia and cerebral gallows humor."

— Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter

82 Adventure Time: Distant Lands

Best for: Animation lovers, Adventure Time fans
Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 1

When Adventure Time ended in 2018, fans thought they may have left the land of Ooo behind forever. Enter this four-part series that revisits parts of the same world, while adding new characters. The first installment follows the adventures of BMO, a robot who has crash-landed on a planet that is less than desirable. The writing is just as clever and irreverent as it was in the original series. Fans of Cowboy Bebop may love the misadventures of this space crew just as much as they enjoy the world explored in their favorite anime-inspired series. 

"As usual, “Adventure Time” is one step ahead of its audience."

— Eric Kohn, IndieWire

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