The Boys: Season 1 (2019)

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Season 1
The Boys

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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: 101

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User Ratings: 3309

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Episodes

Air date: Jul 26, 2019

When a Supe kills the love of his life, A/V salesman Hughie Campbell teams up with Billy Butcher, a vigilante hell-bent on punishing corrupt Supes -- and Hughie's life will never be the same again.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

The Boys get themselves a Superhero, Starlight gets payback, Homelander gets naughty, and a Senator gets naughtier.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

It's the race of the century. A-Train versus Shockwave, vying for the title of World's Fastest Man. Meanwhile, the Boys are reunited and it feels so good.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

On a very special episode of The Boys... an hour of guts, gutterballs, airplane hijackings, madness, ghosts, and one very intriguing Female. Oh, and lots of heart -- both in the sentimental sense, and in the gory literal sense.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

The Boys head to the "Believe" Expo to follow a promising lead in their ongoing war against the Supes. There might -- MIGHT -- be a homicidal infant, but you'll have to see for yourself.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

"Super in America" features Homelander, Queen Maeve, Black Noir, The Deep, A-Train, Tara Reid and Billy Zane.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

Never trust a washed-up Supe -- the Boys learn this lesson the hard way. Meanwhile, Homelander digs into his past, Starlight discovers that love hurts, and if you're ever in Sandusky, Ohio and a girl asks if she can touch your gills, say NO.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

Season Finale Time! Questions answered! Secrets revealed! Conflicts... conflicted! Characters exploded! And so much more! Watch with Prime

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Cast

Jack Quaid
as Hughie
Elisabeth Shue
as Madelyn Stillwell
Antony Starr
as Homelander
Dominique McElligott
as Queen Maeve
Nathan Mitchell
as Black Noir
Laz Alonso
as Mother's Milk
Tomer Kapon
as Frenchie
Karen Fukuhara
as The Female
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News & Interviews for The Boys: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Boys Season 1

All Critics (101) | 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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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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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…

Yes, it's cynical and ultra-violent, but what distinguishes 'The Boys' is its sincere fascination with its characters' anxieties, compulsions, and human failings

Sep 9, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Boys opts for social commentary and violence. Depending on your personal taste, this may pay dividends.

Sep 9, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

They dared to do what nobody else did with the superhero genre. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 20, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A great, often disturbing dark comedy drama looking at a more unfortunately realistic set of superheroes, and those that are trying to knock them off their pedestal.

Aug 6, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

With black-as-night humor and enough gruesome deaths to make any horror hound happy, The Boys is an exceptionally crafted series that sets a new standard for the genre.

Jul 31, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a brazen deconstruction but nowhere near as subversive as it thinks it is.

Jul 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Amazon's new series The Boys takes complete advantage of that and provides not only one of the best live action properties based on superheroes, but is a borderline perfect viewing experience that is enjoyable from beginning to end.

Jan 22, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys: Season 1

  • 17h ago
    Perhaps my expectations were too high from the hype garnered, but to be spoken in the same breath as breaking bad or sopranos or got is sacrilege.
  • 1d ago
    Not sure why the hype. If I wasn't stuck home due to covid, with nothing else to do -- not sure if would have even finished season 1.
  • 1d ago
    refreshingly good, at last a super hero movie/series that got it right !
  • 2d ago
    Decent show with a fresh perspective
  • 2d ago
    Average is fair to call this. Plot is predictable.
  • 3d ago
    Best show I ever watched makes me want more of it...
  • 3d ago
    Weekly release schedule is not acceptable. Appointment viewing is dead. Creating artificial hype/anticipation by forcing me to wait between episodes will not make me talk about this show more (not positively anyway). I'll only pay for it if i can binge it because that is what streaming is for and i'll only talk about it after i watch it (if it is good like the first season of course). Shows get buzz on merit alone now and this is just a a sneaky way to try to wrestle control from me so the creators can slip back into mediocrity and milk me as my frustration slowly builds. That is bad entertainment and i will not pay for it. I've watched 4 episodes (pirated) and so far there isn't much to talk about. The season pales in comparison to season 1. Lots of characters getting little to no development running around through various uneventful contrivances spinning their wheels through almost full episodes of filler. Dialog is a bore (only Homelander, Stormfront, Frenchie or Butcher may say something vaguely interesting once in a blue moon). Huey, Annie, Becca, MM, Maeve, A-Train and Deep all suck this season. All their drama is forced and uninteresting. I'm seriously getting CW vibes sometimes and need to fast forward it while speed reading subtitles and sighing cuz i just don't care. WTF happened? Ssn 1 was so great! We need conflict and controversy, shit needs to happen fast, this show should be an intense rollercoaster. Gotta get The Boys on the V or something... So much great source material and this is all we got so far in a season that is half over? The comedy is markedly less on point as well. If the next half is exceptional and the release schedule is addressed somehow (either changed now or promised for next season) i will purchase for a proper binge session on second rewatch (and buy hardcopies of course) but so far all i see is bad form from people i thought had their finger on the pulse in regards to all this stuff. Suppose i'll go reread the comics for the hundredth time. May as well, i got a whole week to kill...smh
  • 4d ago
    Amazing production with a great cast and script! Karl Urbans wobbly accent might throw some people off, but I think it works great, at least to offer more insanity to the character:p
  • 4d ago
    Love this show! Great characters, action, and drama!
  • 5d ago
    Most definitely one of the best shows to stream. Impeccably made and with a raw look into the humanity behind the concept of superheroes. A must watch!

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