The Boys is an American superhero web television series developed by Eric Kripke for Prime Video. Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, it follows the eponymous team of vigilantes as they combat superpowered individuals who abuse their abilities.
The series premiered on July 26, 2019. Ahead of the premiere, Amazon renewed The Boys for a second season, which premiered on September 4, 2020. A third season has also been ordered.
The Boys is set in a universe where superpowered individuals are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: the Seven, Vought International's premier superhero team, and the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control.
The Boys are led by Billy Butcher, who despises all superpowered people, and the Seven are led by the egotistical and unstable Homelander. As a conflict ensues between the two groups, the series also follows the new members of each team: Hughie Campbell of the Boys, who joins the vigilantes after his girlfriend is killed by one of the Seven; and Annie January / Starlight of the Seven, a young and hopeful heroine forced to face the truth about the heroes she admires.
Why It Rocks
- Much like One Punch Man, the show serves as an excellent satire of the superhero genre, except that it also pulls off a very clever and creative twist on what if superheroes are treated like good people in public when in private they're anything but, which also serves as a satire of real-life Hollywood celebrities.
- It's very faithful to the comic book it's based on.
- Excellent special effects.
- Top-notch action sequences, which keep the viewer thrilled and shocked at the same time.
- Despite its incredibly dark and twisted sense of humor, the show executes it very well, allowing for plenty of black comedy.
- Amazing writing.
- The characters are very creative and memorable.
- Incredible soundtrack.
- Similar to Devilman: Crybaby, due to the show being on Amazon Prime Video, the creators of the show didn't have to hold back when it comes to extreme graphic violence, explicit sexual content, nudity, frequent foul language and drug use, all of which the comic book is known for; otherwise, this would harm the series' quality if they held back.
- Marvelous acting and astonishing performances. In particular, Antony Starr absolutely steals the show as the Homelander, managing to be extremely terrifying, unpredictable and foreboding, yet also highly entertaining and hilarious at the same time.
- Engaging storyline and themes.
- The show might be too disturbing at times, due to its violent content and mature subject matter.
- The characters can be a bit unlikable at times.
The Boys has been met with a very positive reception from both critics and audiences alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an overall critical approval rating of 90% as well as an audience rating of 93%, with season 1 holding a critical approval rating of 84%, whereas season 2 has already been even better received, with a critical approval rating of 96%.
On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews", while the user score is at 8.4, indicating "universal acclaim". It also has an overall 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.