‘The Boys’ is a new series that premiered on Amazon Prime. The show is an American superhero black comedy web television series based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
The concept of the show is that the world the superheroes live in is one where they have become commonplace. As a result, they are syndicated, monetized, and marketed by the Vought company.
Unfortunately, money and privilege corrupts, and they give in to their darker impulses. A clandestine group of normal-human vigilantes then arises to counter the corrupt ‘supes’.
The series has received a largely positive rating. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 76% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 7.47/10.
The website’s critical consensus reads, ‘Though viewer’s 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.’
On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating ‘generally favorable reviews’.
Christopher Lawrence of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote: ‘Irreverent, deliciously cynical, The Boys follows the greed and corruption behind the superhero industrial complex.’
Matthew Gilbert of Boston Globe wrote: ‘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.’
Kristy Puchko at IGN gives the first episode a score of 7.2/10 and appreciates how the story comes from the comics but with clever changes.
Puchko praises the cast, particularly ‘Moriarty brings a nuance to her performance that refuses to let Starlight feel like a two-dimensional damsel. She’s not naïve. She’s hopeful. And she’s a fighter. The Boys makes all of that clear in short order.’
What are you waiting for? Get the series and binge watch it this weekend if you can.