The Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop consists of 26 episodes, referred to as "sessions". Most episodes are named after a musical concept of some sort, usually either a broad genre (e.g. "Gateway Shuffle") or a specific song (e.g. "Honky Tonk Women"). The show had an aborted first run from April 3, 1998 until June 26, 1998 on TV Tokyo, broadcasting only episodes 2, 3, 7 to 15, 18 and a special. TXN canceled the show in June 1998 because of low ratings. Later that year, the series was shown in its entirety from October 24 until April 24, 1999, on the satellite network WOWOW. In the U.S., the series was aired repeatedly after 2001 on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
The show takes place in 2071 and follows a group of bounty hunters who hunt criminals on their ship, the Bebop. The main characters include Spike Spiegel, a laid-back former member of the Red Dragon Syndicate (a criminal organization) and hotshot ace pilot; Jet Black, a retired cop and the owner of the Bebop; Faye Valentine, a gambling-addicted amnesiac who always finds herself in financial debts; Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (nicknamed "Ed"), an eccentric computer hacking prodigy from Earth; and Ein, a "data dog" as the group's pet.