The Boys: Season 1 (2019)

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Though viewers' mileage may vary, The Boys' violent delights and willingness to engage in heavy, relevant themes are sure to please those looking for a new group of antiheroes to root for.

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Critic Ratings: 93

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Episodes

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019
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Air date: Jul 26, 2019
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Air date: Jul 26, 2019
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Critic Reviews for The Boys Season 1

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (16)

The Boys is an expert deconstruction of superhero stories, with an appropriately wintery view of institutional power, be it corporate, governmental, religious, or caped.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Boys isn't the bold deconstruction of superhero tropes its creators seem to think it is.

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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The cast is fine, particularly Shue, who is icily effective; Quaid, whose neurotic but brave fumblings are endearing; and Urban, who is Hughie's gonzo guide.

Jul 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The Boys fails to be truly subversive in ways that count more than just wagging a middle finger at Marvel CEO Kevin Feige.

Jul 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Starr, Moriarty, and Shue bring extra dimensions to their characters, too, making "The Boys" all that much more fun (you know, when it's not very, very dark).

Jul 29, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Shockingly violent and pointedly political, this Amazon series is an ironic but refreshing antidote to supe franchising. ... The Boys throws our ugly cultural obsessions back in our faces.

Dec 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Boys is a story about superheroes fantastically well suited to skepticism, fatigue, and general wariness toward stories about superheroes.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Jokes are sarcastic, bloody and perfectly timed. Pay offs are cued up early on with subtlety and broad stroke character introductions feel full bodied and believable.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Boys" is a refreshing look at the ever-expanding world of men and women in tights.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Aside from its nearly-flawless execution -- from the SFX, production and costume designs to the acting and masterful direction -- it leaves an indelible mark, that of a corroded society, where good and evil morph and become irrelevant.

Dec 2, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This ultra-violent dark satire flips the script on our preconceived idealistic notions of what a superhero show should be.

Sep 15, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

While at times being a bit one-track minded, The Boys takes you on an obscene, violent, and sometimes comedic journey that explores what happens when the superheroes you admire on camera, are actually jerks behind it.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys: Season 1

  • 19h ago
    The chance to see behind the scenes of superheroes when they're not in the public eye! From the controlling, manipulating company that 'employs' them, these supers show their true sides on their own time and far from the public eye! An excellent basis of showing the average person versus corporate might battle!! Brilliant! Can't wait for series 2!
  • 2d ago
    I truly loved this series. Homelander is one of the creepiest villains I've ever seen. The entire show does such a good job of making its point and being an allegory without being overly preachy. It's trying to say something, and it does - mixed with some awesome fight scenes/action sequences. The dialogue is also underrated. Great concept, great execution.
  • 4d ago
    The "Series info" describes "The Boys" as "A fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good." Well, I like the series, a lot, but I'm not sure the word "fun" describes it well. This show is dark. Very dark. Most of the superheroes are pure psychopaths, thinking nothing of murdering people for convenience and in the next instant smiling for the cameras and shaking hands with the rabble, utterly emotionally unaffected by the mayhem they wrought. They connive, manipulate and program the masses through their corporation which is really just a massive marketing monolith headed by people who are just as without empathy (if not more so) than most of the supes. A lot of people die in many gory ways, and some of the supes are shockingly depraved when it comes to victimizing people for their personal entertainment. I gave the show four and a half stars because I think it overdoes the wanton unjust violence a little, or doesn't balance it out with enough humor or at least let the good guys live a little better. Our protagonists all seem to be suffering heroes, the supes are definitely unhappy even if they wouldn't admit it, everyone in this show is absolutely miserable and after a while it just kind of grinds me down a little, even with the brilliant storytelling combined with fantastic performances, effects and relevant cultural commentary. My complains are small when measure against the magnificent accomplishments. And those costumes!
  • 5d ago
    Simply Great! The vibe you get from watching this series is amazing. At last, we get something that doesn't try to force stupid humor all the time down to your throat. It's gritty, dark and involving. I recommend!
  • Dec 06, 2019
    This show is amazing. Home lander is such a deep, creepy, yet somehow loveable character. This is what TV needs more of!
  • Dec 05, 2019
    Worth watching , seriously a different type of superhero story like a bit realistic, waiting for season 2!!
  • Dec 03, 2019
    I really enjoyed the writing and plot of this first season. Just supplanted Stranger Things for me as my favorite streaming tv all time.
  • Dec 02, 2019
    This is a superhero take on the old adage, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. THE BOYS shows it well by giving the super powered regular human characteristics. For comic readers, the 80s brought a lot of introspective dark anti-heroes, which peaked in a bloody rage in the 90s (looking at you, Image Comics), but without the self-reflective perspective. The early 2000s brought stories like this, an attempt to turn the blood baths introspective, and Amazon picked a good one selecting this story. Amazon also has brought in today's heavier topics to make it relevant. When watching it, it may help viewers to keep in mind that it might look disjointed at first and rely on some shock value to bring the audience back, but it wraps itself up at the end of the season, while also setting up season 2.
  • Dec 01, 2019
    The first season of The Boys (the second TV adaptation of a Garth Ennis comic, following Preacher), is a fun and satisfying R-Rated take on the superhero genre, that succeeds by incorporating elements of espionage, raunch, and social satire into a compelling whole. Set in a world where superheroes all have degrading secrets, the show really works as an allegory for ironic celebrity worship and spineless legislations, and it serves as a great backdrop for the show's indelible brand of pulp. Production values remain impressive throughout, with the gory action sure to appease genre fans, as does the writing which does an ample job of fleshing out the large cast of characters throughout the eight episodes. While the comic book received a fair amount of criticism for being gratuitous, the show tones down much of that unpleasant content while still remaining edgy, and seeing that our society is in more of a hailstorm of conspiracy theories and political corruption now than when the book was first published, the material is definitely more ubiquitous. Setting itself up nicely for next season with a rather shocking finale, here's hoping that The Boys keeps it up for subsequent years, rather than spiral to an unfit conclusion like Preacher did.
  • Nov 26, 2019
    It strays from the comics, which is to be expected. The comics are far more graphic and disturbing. That said I absolutely loved it! It's scary as I can imagine playing out like this should super heroes actually exist.

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