The Boys: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Boys

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 88


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2333
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Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019
Air date: Jul 26, 2019

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Critic Reviews for The Boys Season 1

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (15)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

The Boys isn't the bold deconstruction of superhero tropes its creators seem to think it is.

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Urban's attempt at a likely lad doesn't quite soar like a bird or a plane. We're left with a character who speaks like Mary Poppins-era Dick Van Dyke channeling Danny Dyer. One iffy accent cannot stand in the way of truth and justice, however.

Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

What distinguishes the eight-episode show, and sometimes weakens it, is its delight in going to extremes - whether through nasty jokes, or gory, CG-enhanced violence.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

There is some meat here, more than just the carnage; the show demonstrates how the actual supervillains of today use surveillance and NDAs instead of death rays and killer robots.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys: Season 1

  • 5h ago
    Great show. Season ended little abruptly, it definitely needed at least to 2 more episodes.
  • 19h ago
    Surprisingly deep character study on revenge, redemption and the humanity, or lack there of, of being a super hero. Karl Urban gives a standout performances.
  • 1d ago
    Boldly exploring a new kind of genre, The Boys hs it's A-game going on, treading on new grounds about the dark shades of the individuals meant to save and protect the world and their softer sides.
  • 1d ago
    Best show which degrades superheroes
  • 2d ago
    Amazing, amazing, amazing! I had no idea what I was signing up for when I started watching, but I couldn't stop! It has all the elements to be my new favorite show :)
  • 2d ago
    Best show since season 6 of Game of Thrones and much deeper than expected!
  • 3d ago
    A heel show for heel fans.
  • 3d ago
    2° temporada urgente!!!
  • 3d ago
    So good i recommend it 🙏
  • 4d ago
    A brilliant, satirical dig at a relevant topic. When this was recommended to me, I was not looking forward to seeing a blatant knock-off of big-name superheroes, but this surprised me. I highly suggest engaging in this show if you are one for a deeply layered theme and appealing plot.

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