The snag with anime these days is that it's a bit like... Well, any sort of entertainment medium; you have to wade through a lot of shit to find the good stuff. There have been so amazing shows over the past 15 years for me; Death Note, Attack on Titan and Gurren Lagann, but the golden years for me still lie around the late 80's to 90's.
Anime fan or not, this show is a must watch.
In short, Cowboy Bebop is a Space-Noir series about a group of Bounty Hunters, cruising the galaxy, trying to make enough money to not starve. (SPOILER: THey starve, a lot.) Think Japanese Firefly. You may have heard its name pop up now and then, but I'm going to delve into the reasons of what makes this show so perfect.
People tend to categorise 'Anime' as a genre, due to its reputation amongst non-anime fans of not being able to tell any of the characters apart, it's rather 'cooky' scenes and dialogue, and a history of terrible English dubs. This is what puts people off but a shows medium being animation shouldn't define its quality. Cowboy Bebop is a perfect example of not all anime being the same and how open it is to a wider audience.
I watched the whole series back in my teens, devouring the whole story and its badass characters.
Since recently rewatching the series on Netflix, I've come to realise how varied Cowboy Bebop is for viewers. I can't watch it with the same concentration as I used to due to loud kids and babies in the house, but I've put it on in the background when I crash in the evening or when I'm working from home. Turns out the show works well as very entertaining, stand-alone episodes but leaves enough curiosity there so that if you chose to watch the entire thing from the first episode, it would be a more than rewarding choice.
Super shallow of me, but the show is so aesthetically pleasing in the same way that a lot of old anime shows were. The colours, the quality of which everything is drawn... Just a nice lack of filler and shortcuts that you end up having to put up with in longer running anime shows.
And of course, there's the soundtrack. Going back to when I mentioned putting this on in the background when working from home; The show's soundtrack is mostly- pretty sure completely- Jazz music. To a lot of people, this would seem to be a terrible combination, but somehow it works perfectly- Even in the more intense scenes and episodes. By the end of the first season, you'll be in an ill-fitting suit and smoking, listening to Tank! on the way to work if you aren't already.
Cowboy Bebop is currently on Netflix, so if you're looking for a new watch, or want to watch again for a deeper appreciation, now's the time to do it.