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The Best Episodes of Cowboy Bebop

Every episode of Cowboy Bebop ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Cowboy Bebop!

In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) set up a legalized contract system, in which registered bounty hunters, also referred to as "Cowboys", chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward.

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The best episode of "Cowboy Bebop" is "The Real Folk Blues (2)", rated 9.5/10 from 4379 user votes. It was directed by Yoshiyuki Takei and written by Keiko Nobumoto. "The Real Folk Blues (2)" aired on 4/24/1999 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Jamming with Edward".

  • The Real Folk Blues (2)
    9.5/10 4,379 votes

    #1 - The Real Folk Blues (2)

    Season 1 Episode 26 - Aired 1999-04-24

    Spike finally finds the woman he’s been searching for, and Faye makes a surprising return to the Bebop. With the syndicate in hot pursuit, Spike seeks to end the reign of Vicious.

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Jamming with Edward
    9.2/10 4,912 votes

    #2 - Jamming with Edward

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1998-05-01

    The Bebop crew tries to crack the case of mysterious satellite drawings appearing on the Earth’s surface, but they’ll need help from a hacker know as Radical Edward to earn their bounty!

    Director: Ikuro Sato

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • The Real Folk Blues (1)
    9.1/10 3,117 votes

    #3 - The Real Folk Blues (1)

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 1999-04-17

    Spike and Jet are ambushed by members of the syndicate, and Faye has an unexpected encounter with a woman from Spike’s past.

    Director: Ikuro Sato

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Pierrot Le Fou
    9.0/10 3,595 votes

    #4 - Pierrot Le Fou

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1999-03-13

    Spike takes a beating during a chance encounter with an indestructible assassin. While Jet searches for the secret to the madman’s power, Spike goes looking for payback!

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Sadayuki Murai

  • Hard Luck Woman
    8.9/10 3,146 votes

    #5 - Hard Luck Woman

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 1999-04-10

    Faye and Ed discover clues to their respective pasts that could send the crew of the Bebop heading in very different directions.

    Director: Hirokazu Yamada

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • Asteroid Blues
    8.8/10 3,341 votes

    #6 - Asteroid Blues

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1998-10-24

    Spike and Jet head to Tijuana to track down an outlaw smuggling a dangerous drug known as blood-eye. Jet wants the bounty, but Spike has eyes for a far prettier prize.

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Jupiter Jazz (1)
    8.6/10 3,634 votes

    #7 - Jupiter Jazz (1)

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1998-05-22

    Faye robs and abandons the Bebop crew, Spike goes in search of a woman he once knew, and Vicious makes another deadly appearance.

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Speak Like a Child
    8.6/10 3,145 votes

    #8 - Speak Like a Child

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 1998-06-19

    When a mysterious package arrives, Faye disappears on a gambling binge, and Spike and Jet embark on a frustrating search for ancient technology!

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Akihiko Inari

  • Mushroom Samba
    8.6/10 3,067 votes

    #9 - Mushroom Samba

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 1999-02-20

    After the Bebop crash lands, Ed and Ein’s search for food turns up some very expensive mushrooms with psychedelic side effects!

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Michiko Yokote, Shinichiro Watanabe

  • Black Dog Serenade
    8.4/10 2,981 votes

    #10 - Black Dog Serenade

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1999-02-13

    Jet teams up with a former partner to settle the score with the man who took his arm, but he soon discovers that memories can be deceiving.

    Director: Ikuro Sato

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • My Funny Valentine
    8.3/10 3,127 votes

    #11 - My Funny Valentine

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1998-06-12

    When Jet brings in a fugitive from Faye’s past, the rebellious beauty must decide whether to turn him in – or give an old flame one last chance.

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Brain Scratch
    8.3/10 2,771 votes

    #12 - Brain Scratch

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 1999-04-03

    Faye goes undercover to collect the bounty on a deranged cult leader, but when the mysterious organization brainwashes her into a very deep sleep – she’ll need a little help from her friends.

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • Stray Dog Strut
    8.2/10 4,395 votes

    #13 - Stray Dog Strut

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1998-04-03

    Spike and Jet’s next case takes them to Mars, where they’ll to try apprehend a professional pet thief and a priceless data dog.

    Director: Ikuro Sato

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • Bohemian Rhapsody
    8.2/10 3,025 votes

    #14 - Bohemian Rhapsody

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1998-06-05

    The Bebop Crew embarks on a wild goose chase of a bounty hunt that leads them deep into space in search of an ancient chess master.

    Director: Hirokazu Yamada

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • Cowboy Funk
    8.2/10 2,770 votes

    #15 - Cowboy Funk

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1999-03-27

    Spike’s attempts to apprehend the infamous Teddy Bear Bomber are maddeningly derailed by a mysterious – and clueless – cowboy!

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Ganymede Elegy
    8.1/10 3,305 votes

    #16 - Ganymede Elegy

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1998-05-08

    When a case takes the Bebop crew to Jet’s old stomping ground, the big man crosses paths with an old lover – and her wanted boyfriend.

    Director: Hirokazu Yamada

    Writer: Akihiko Inari

  • Sympathy for the Devil
    7.9/10 2,668 votes

    #17 - Sympathy for the Devil

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 1998-11-28

    The latest case for the crew of the Bebop finds Spike pitted against a young boy with a talent for the harmonica – and murder.

    Director: Ikuro Sato

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Heavy Metal Queen
    7.8/10 3,509 votes

    #18 - Heavy Metal Queen

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1998-04-17

    The Bebop crew pursues a renegade explosives expert, and Spike crosses paths with a nameless space trucker that hates bounty hunters.

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • Ballad of Fallen Angels
    7.8/10 2,730 votes

    #19 - Ballad of Fallen Angels

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1998-11-21

    Spike aims to collect the bounty on a member of the Red Dragon Syndicate, but his mission leads him into a deadly showdown with a face from his past!

    Director: Tetsuya Watanabe

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • Gateway Shuffle
    7.7/10 2,743 votes

    #20 - Gateway Shuffle

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 1998-11-14

    Faye teams up with Spike and Jet to track down a gang of space activists that plans on turning the human population into monkeys!

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Sadayuki Murai

  • Toys in the Attic
    7.6/10 3,073 votes

    #21 - Toys in the Attic

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1998-05-15

    When an unusual, blob-like space creature infects Ein, Faye, and Jet, Spike and Radical Edward must figure out a way to save their friends.

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • Jupiter Jazz (2)
    7.6/10 2,924 votes

    #22 - Jupiter Jazz (2)

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1998-05-29

    Jet continues his mission to reunite his Bebop comrades, and Spike finds himself locked in a brutal dogfight with his old nemesis Vicious.

    Director: Ikuro Sato

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Waltz for Venus
    7.5/10 3,303 votes

    #23 - Waltz for Venus

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1998-04-24

    Spike gets involved with a fugitive who is willing to risk his own life to restore his sister’s sight. Can the Bebop crew save the day before tragedy strikes?

    Director: Yoshiyuki Takei

    Writer: Michiko Yokote

  • Honky Tonk Women
    7.4/10 3,684 votes

    #24 - Honky Tonk Women

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1998-04-10

    A night at the casino lands Spike and Jet in hot water when they cross paths with Faye Valentine, a stunning con artist wanted by the law – and the bad guys.

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto, Ryota Yamaguchi

  • Wild Horses
    7.3/10 2,581 votes

    #25 - Wild Horses

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1999-03-06

    While Spike pays a visit to the man who built his ship, Faye and Jet go fishing for space pirates.

    Director: Hirokazu Yamada

    Writer: Akihiko Inari