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: 84


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1765
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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 (84) | 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

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…

Never quite nails the joke, despite opportunities galore and a ton of gore.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The best part of The Boys is that all of its gory, uninching action-packed drama is packaged as a dark comedy. For as disturbing as the plot can get, there are always laughs - often twisted and sardonic - around the corner.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Part of what makes The Boys such compelling television is that it manages to be subversive without being reactionary.

Aug 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Comics tend to lampshade, retcon, downplay, or explain away these questions. But with amplified character flaws, The Boys calls them back into question.

Aug 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys: Season 1

  • 8h ago
    Fucking amazing. It doesn't hold back.
  • 17h ago
    Dark, funny, well acted, with good visuals, absolutely fresh.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    its a unique concept and you will definently gonna enjoy it lot
  • 1d ago
    Different from the other Superhero Movie, a new plot that is really fantastic.
  • 1d ago
    My first impressive of The Boys is that this ain't your regular Marvel or DC superhero series. Its the opposite of that when these "superheroes" egos were driven by fame, greed and even darker. Wow. I never been so mad on one character in the series from Homelander. I don't want to say some vulgarity but he's the biggest villain. Billy and Hughie are the anti-heroes that will stop Homelander and others from taking over the world. Can't wait for Season 2.
  • 1d ago
    Absolutely loved it! Most definitely a unique twist on the Super hero genre.
  • 2d ago
    This show is just brilliant. There is no other way of putting it. It is a breath of fresh air from the crowded market of the superhero genre at this point in time. Not only is it a completely different look, it is executed to perfection, with sublime performances all around. The standouts are Karl Urban and Anthony Starr, with the latter giving one of the best performances from a TV show I've seen in a long time. My only complaints about this show was that there was a lack of action, more than likely due to budgeting problems. However, this will hopefully be fixed in the next season due to a larger backing from Amazon. The other is that the subplot of Hughie and Annie is very predictable. Although, this doesn't take away from the show too much, and being only 8 hours, you never really stay on it for too long. It's an absolute must watch for any superhero fan, being so short, it's an easy binge and very thought provoking. I could talk about this show for hours, please do yourself a favour and watch this NOW!! Easiest 5 stars of my life.
  • 2d ago
    Amazing Series !!! Fresh and different.
  • 2d ago
    The show as a great developing of the characters
  • 2d ago
    Not a bad show, for a "super hero" shows it's very clever and unique – and actually has more dark elements to it than happy. But I do find it weird that the shows makes a point to only reveal male nudity and no female nudity. Like I want to see dudes swinging their D's... if you're going to do that, at least make an attempt to appeal to all audiences. Yes, that means showing nipples and V's. If this review doesn't make sense because you haven't seen the show, and you do end up watching, go into it knowing it's dark, entertaining, a little twisted, and that the producers enjoy male nudity but not female nudity.

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