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: 77


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1625
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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 (77) | Top Critics (14)

It's bold, intriguing and very watchable. One episode easily rolls into the next.

Jul 30, 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…

It's just a nice balance of action, comedy, [and] serious business.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

In spite of being one of the best TV shows about superheroes ever made, The Boys feels somewhat safe and dull compared to the twisted work of Garth Ennis. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 7.0 | Full Review…

Way past "Deadpool" in profanity, violence, sex, etc but so completely unique you cannot turn away. You will devour the first season and be hollering for the second. Jack Quaid scores again.

Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

What makes The Boys next to impossible for me to enjoy in 2019 is its relentless, soul-deadening cynicism.

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys: Season 1

  • 57m ago
    Strays far from the comics, improving in some areas but overall dumbing down the experience. Probably an easier pill to swallow if you have never seen the original work.
  • 2h ago
    Very interesting spin on super heroes.
  • 2h ago
    Dark at witty look at how 'super hero's' may actually function within a corporate world.
  • 2h ago
    The Boys is an insanely inappropriate messy gore fest that does things so crazy you begin to even wonder if your watching a tv show, and I loved it!
  • 4h ago
    An unique and interesting take on Superhero genre. A sure fun to watch after so much of MARVEL & DC movies and series. I hope next season they will get the budget to show Homelander blazing through the sky.
  • 5h ago
    I really enjoyed this show. A different take on superheros and one we really needed. Its a very adult take and I am really looking forward to seeing season 2 which is already in active development.
  • 7h ago
    It is a super heroes fresh history. I really like it
  • 22h ago
    I found it mediocre at best. Some characters were more interesting than others, but overall it felt thin and predictable. Some of the violence was excessive just for the sake of being excessive. It has potential, but I thought season 1 of Jessica Jones was a much better version of the anti-hero routine.
  • 1d ago
    Could be better executed. Interesting concept
  • 1d ago
    I started out loving this series, but then it because anti-Christian and it did the me too nonsense. I will no longer watch it. I think a lot of people will start turning it off too. It is getting stale and old quickly. Sad really, because if they just avoided it, the series could have been great. But the reality is that there is God. Jesus is his son. No matter how much Hollywood wants to tell you otherwise. As for the me too stuff --- too many people have been caught lying and no one cares anymore. Christine Ford saw to that.

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