The Boys (2019 TV series)
|Developed by||Eric Kripke|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||55–66 minutes|
|Original network||Prime Video|
|Picture format||4K (UHDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 Dolby Digital|
|Original release||July 26, 2019 –|
The Boys is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Developed by Eric Kripke for Amazon, it follows the titular team of vigilantes as they fight back against superpowered people who abuse their abilities.
The Boys is set in a universe where superpowered people 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: Hugh "Hughie" Campbell of the Boys, who joins the vigilantes after his girlfriend is killed in a high speed collision by the Seven's A-Train, and Annie January / Starlight of the Seven, a young and hopeful heroine forced to face the truth about the heroes she admires.
Cast and characters
- Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, the leader of the Boys who distrusts all individuals with superpowers. He has a particular hatred towards Homelander, whom he believes is responsible for the disappearance of his wife.
- Jack Quaid as Hugh "Hughie" Campbell, a member of the Boys who joins the vigilantes after his girlfriend Robin is killed by A-Train.
- Antony Starr as John / Homelander, the extremely powerful leader of The Seven. Beneath his public appearance as a noble hero, he is arrogant, violent, and concerned more with maintaining his image than saving others.
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January / Starlight, a light-emitting superhero and newest member of the Seven. Unlike many other superpowered individuals, Annie is genuine in her efforts to help the public.
- Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, a veteran member of the Seven who once wanted to protect innocent lives, but has become disillusioned and suffers from burnout. As the former girlfriend of Homelander, she knows his true character.
- Jessie T. Usher as A-Train, a speedster member of the Seven. He is determined to maintain his status as the fastest speedster, believing he will lose his relevance and be removed from the Seven if another individual surpasses him.
- Laz Alonso as Marvin / Mother's Milk, an imposing member of the Boys. He continually promises to leave the group for the safety of his family and because of frequent clashes with Frenchie, but finds himself lured back by Butcher.
- Chace Crawford as Kevin / the Deep, a member of the Seven who possesses the ability to communicate with aquatic life and breathe underwater
- Tomer Capon as Frenchie, a member of the Boys and mercenary skilled in munitions, ordnance, infiltration, and communications. Frenchie has a tendency to not follow the team's plans, which puts him in repeated conflicts with Mother's Milk.
- Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko / the Female, a mute, superhuman member of the Boys with the power of regenerative healing
- Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir, a silent member of the Seven who conceals his physical appearance behind a dark costume
- Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell, a charismatic, scheming vice president of Vought International (season 1)
- Simon Pegg as Hugh Campbell Sr, Hughie's father. He cares deeply for his son, but does not believe Hughie has the confidence to stand up for himself. Pegg was the visual inspiration for Wee Hughie in the comic book series from which the series is drawn.
- Jennifer Esposito as Susan Raynor, a deputy director of the CIA
- Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett, a publicist for Vought International who acts as Starlight's agent
- Ann Cusack as Donna January, Starlight's mother. She groomed Annie to be a superhero since childhood out of a Princess-by-Proxy mentality.
- Christian Keyes as Nathan, A-Train's older brother and trainer
- Alex Hassell as Translucent, a member of The Seven who can turn himself invisible by morphing his skin into a diamond-hard carbon meta-material that warps light around him.
- Jordana Lajoie as Cherie, Frenchie's girlfriend and weapons specialist
- Malcolm Barrett as Seth Reed, a Vought Public Relations writer. In the episode "the Innocents", it is revealed he had a fling with an ice-powered superheroine, which gave him long lasting physical damages.
- David Reale as Evan Lambert, a Vought Public Relations writer alongside Seth Reed
- Shaun Benson as Ezekiel, an elastic superhuman with a personal secret, who leads a "Capes for Christ" campaign
- Jess Salgueiro as Robin Ward, Hughie's girlfriend at the start of the series, killed by A-Train in a high-velocity impact
- Laila Robins as Grace Mallory, an ex-CIA operative, informal founder of the Boys, and Butcher's mentor. Her grandchildren were killed by superhero Lamplighter for her investigation into Vought, which made her relationship with Butcher antagonistic.
- Giancarlo Esposito as Stan Edgar, Stillwell's superior at Vought International
- John Doman as Jonah Vogelbaum, the Vought scientist who created and raised Homelander in a sterile laboratory
- Nicola Correia-Damude as Elena, Queen Maeve's ex-girlfriend
- Haley Joel Osment as Charles / Mesmer, an ex-superhero and former child-star who can read minds upon skin-to-skin contact
- Brittany Allen as Charlotte / Popclaw, an actress and superhero in a secret relationship with A-Train
- Shantel VanSanten as Becca Butcher, Butcher's wife who went missing eight years earlier
- Alvina August as Monique, Milk's girlfriend and mother of their daughter
- Nalini Ingrita as Janine, the daughter of Milk and Monique
- Brit Morgan as Rachel, Becca's sister and Billy's sister-in-law
- Jackie Tohn as Courtenay, a production assistant for Vought International
- Débora Demestre as Isadora, Vought's suit designer for their heroes; designs Starlight's more provocative outfit in "Get Some".
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"The Name of the Game"||Dan Trachtenberg||Teleplay by : Eric Kripke||July 26, 2019|
|Hughie Campbell suffers mental trauma after his girlfriend Robin has been killed in a high-velocity impact with celebrity superhero A-Train. Lawyers from Vought International offer a $45,000 settlement, which Hughie hesitates to accept. Aspiring superhero Annie January auditions as "Starlight" and is accepted to join The Seven, following the retirement of the Lamplighter. Arriving at Seven headquarters, she is greeted by the Deep, who blackmails her into giving him oral sex. Billy Butcher offers Hughie a chance to expose superhero corruption. Butcher takes Hughie to a secret "Supes club", and shows him security footage of A-Train laughing about Robin's death. Butcher asks Hughie to take the settlement money and to plant a bug at Seven Tower, but Hughie refuses. In Central Park, Annie meets Hughie. They motivate each other to stand up for themselves, and face their challenges. Hughie plants the bug. Translucent discovers the bug and confronts Hughie alone at work. Butcher arrives and together they incapacitate Translucent. Elsewhere, Homelander shoots down the Mayor of Baltimore's plane, owing to his attempts to blackmail Vought.|
|2||"Cherry"||Matt Shakman||Eric Kripke||July 26, 2019|
|Butcher and Hughie take Translucent to Frenchie, who makes a meta-bullet to pierce his diamond-hard skin, but it fails to kill Translucent. Butcher turns to CIA Dept. Director Susan Raynor for the "Mallory files", but she refuses. Vought VP Madelyn Stillwell tells Seven leader Homelander about the evidence Deep found incriminating him for the plane crash, so she handles it while he talks to Deep. The night Starlight teams-up with the Deep, she promises to kill him if he ever tries to sexually assault her again. Stillwell blackmails Oklahoma Senator Calhoun into allowing a vote that could enable Vought to contract superheros to the military. Annie stops a rape, unaware she is being recorded. Her agent, Ashley, rages at her because of the negative exposure and legal implications. While Homelander searches for Translucent, Frenchie decides to place C-4 in Translucent's colon, who then fearfully reveals A-Train was with his girlfriend Popclaw before he killed Robin. They learn Homelander is nearby, and cannot risk killing Translucent. Frenchie and Butcher cause an explosive distraction. Translucent escapes and convinces Hughie to let him go, but Hughie changes his mind and detonates the C-4, killing Translucent.|
|3||"Get Some"||Phil Sgriccia||George Mastras||July 26, 2019|
|As Frenchie and Butcher clean up Translucent's remains, Hughie leaves his home after finally telling his father how he truly feels. Meanwhile, Starlight gains positive publicity for stopping the date-rape, only to learn Stillwell has given her a revealing costume. She declines, but Stillwell forces her to wear it or lose her job. Butcher brings in his former friend, Mother's Milk, to run surveillance on A-Train's girlfriend, Popclaw. Hughie installs spyware on Popclaw's computer, and they learn that A-Train takes a performance-enhancing substance known as "Compound-V". Butcher wants to expose them before supers can be allowed into the armed forces, but he needs a vial of Compound-V from A-Train's race with Shockwave. Before the race, Hughie meets Annie as Starlight, inviting her to lunch. The two open up to each other, leading to their exchanging numbers. A-Train uses a vial to win the race and breaks his promise to Popclaw, announcing he is single. With Milk deducing Popclaw swiped some vials, they find her heartbroken, high, and in the midst of killing her landlord during hyper-charged sex. Butcher uses this opportunity to blackmail Popclaw as an informant. At Vought headquarters, Homelander reveals Translucent's remains to Stillwell along with Butcher's message, "Coming for you".|
|4||"The Female of the Species"||Fred Toye||Craig Rosenberg||July 26, 2019|
|Following Popclaw's tip, the Boys find a Triad hideout, housing an imprisoned Japanese woman, the Female, whom Frenchie frees. After she kills her guards and runs off, Milk finds evidence the Female was a test subject. When Hughie meets Starlight while bowling, Butcher has him bug her phone. With the Compound-V supply compromised, A-Train has Popclaw go into hiding, while he searches for the Female. Stillwell sends Homelander and Queen Maeve to save a hijacked airliner, but Homelander casually abandons the plane when the plan fails, forcing Maeve to choose her survival over the passengers. Frenchie finds evidence leading to Penn Station, and makes a momentary connection there with the Female, but loses her in the crowd. They corner her on the tracks, but A-Train arrives and tries to kill her. Frenchie attracts a crowd to distract A-Train, allowing the Female to escape. The Boys corner her again, and Frenchie tries talking to her. She still attacks, so Butcher uses knock out gas. Stillwell is pleased seeing Homelander use the tragedy to push for militarized supers, rousing the crowd with a speech while Maeve grieves for those she allowed to die.|
|5||"Good for the Soul"||Stefan Schwartz||Anne Cofell Saunders||July 26, 2019|
|At the "Believe Expo", Starlight talks with teens while being quietly directed to push an agenda, while Butcher has Hughie meet Ezekiel, the Expo host and their next lead. Maeve feels guilty for letting Flight 37 crash and visits her ex-girlfriend Elena, but leaves before explaining herself fully. Butcher takes time to talk with Rachel, his sister-in-law, over putting a tombstone to Becca. After A-Train kills Popclaw for betraying him, he finds surveillance footage of Frenchie. After Homelander exits a meeting with Ezekiel, Hughie extorts Ezekiel for information about Compound-V. Homelander rallies the crowd with an impromptu hardline speech, energizing the crowd. Starlight breaks script to honestly open up how she feels about her faith while also publicly revealing her sexual assault. She walks off, with Hughie coming by to comfort her and to explain himself about Robin's death and needing some means of coping. Butcher and Milk discover babies exposed to Compound-V to manufacture supers. Frenchie discovers Seven member Black Noir is looking for him. Attempting to escape, he is told to leave the Female behind, but releases her out of sympathy. She seemingly dies protecting him from Black Noir, but then awakens and her wounds immediately heal.|
|6||"The Innocents"||Jennifer Phang||Rebecca Sonnenshine||July 26, 2019|
|Now informed, The Boys know Vought has used super charities to smuggle Compound-V (disguised as Polio vaccines) to make super-babies since 1971. Annie learns that Ashley was fired, and Stillwell demands she comply with her designed image. Annie refuses, remarking that firing her after reporting a sexual assault would hurt Vought. Stillwell, aware it was Deep, has him apologize publicly and transfers him to Sandusky, Ohio for a sabbatical. Butcher brings Hughie to a collateral damage survivors support group, but leaves after yelling at them for doing nothing to get justice. Alone, Butcher explains to Hughie that Homelander raped his wife and she went missing shortly thereafter. Frenchie and Milk get help from Mesmer, a telepath, to see into the mind of the Female. Mesmer reveals the Female was kidnapped along with her brother by the Shining Light Liberation Army terrorist group, and her name is Kimiko. They learn that Vought is making Compound-V boosted terrorists to push militarization of supers. Butcher tells Raynor, but when she refuses to target Homelander, he calls the whole deal off. Meanwhile, Mesmer gives Homelander surveillance photos of the Boys. Hughie and Annie share a kiss, but Butcher finds out, warning Hughie not to fraternize with the enemy and threatens to tell her about Translucent.|
|7||"The Self-Preservation Society"||Dan Attias||Craig Rosenberg & Ellie Monahan||July 26, 2019|
|Hughie and Annie book a hotel room where they make love, and Hughie agrees to introduce her to his father. Deep finds his transfer to Sandusky, Ohio beyond dull, while A-Train needs more workouts after Compound-V destroyed his system. Homelander holds a meeting to discuss Hughie killing Translucent, extorting Ezekiel, and A-Train killing Robin; during which he angrily accuses Starlight of co-conspiracy. Maeve defends Starlight. When A-Train calls Hughie, saying he is holding his dad hostage, the Boys realize Mesmer betrayed them. Hughie obtains some Compound-V, allowing Kimiko to blindside and cripple A-Train. Butcher kills Mesmer, remembering when Mallory had first told him about Homelander. Homelander asks Dr Vogelbaum about Becca Butcher, who informs him that Becca was pregnant with his child, but both died on the table and Vought covered it up. Questioning the revelation's timing, Vogelbaum expresses regret raising him in a lab, calling Homelander his "greatest failure." Butcher calls Raynor to protect Hughie and Milk's families in exchange for evidence. As Raynor charges Stillwell and Vought, she then learns of the superhuman terrorist, "Naqib". Annie confronts Hughie, who explains Vought's use of Compound-V, and Butcher arrives shortly after to exfil Hughie after beanbag-shooting Annie.|
|8||"You Found Me"||Eric Kripke||Anne Cofell Saunders & Rebecca Sonnenshine||July 26, 2019|
|The Pentagon classifies Compound-V, the Boys are fugitives, and Annie confronts her mother. Vought denies Deep's return to The Seven, causing him an emotional breakdown. An injured A-Train, angry at being racially profiled while out of costume, rebounds to Compound-V, causing Nathan to quit. Butcher takes Hughie to Mallory, who refuses participation, but informs them about Stillwell and warns Hughie about Butcher and his craving for vengeance. Hughie promptly leaves Butcher to ask for Annie's help, but she refuses out of distrust. Later, Maeve opens up and asks Starlight to be herself again. Homelander privately confesses to Stillwell that he secretly made the super-terrorists, and they have sex. At a Black Site, Hughie, who smuggled in his old retainer, has Frenchie pick the lock so Milk can free Kimiko. Starlight rescues them, but A-Train soon arrives so Hughie and Starlight delay him, until A-Train suffers a heart attack. Hughie applies CPR, but Starlight takes over so he can escape. Butcher takes Stillwell hostage strapped with explosives to bait Homelander. Homelander, after revealing he tortured Vogelbaum for the truth about Becca, kills Stillwell. Homelander saves Butcher from his suicide explosion and takes him to the home where Becca has been raising Homelander's son in secret, stunning both Butcher and Becca.|
On April 6, 2016, it was announced that Cinemax was developing a television series adaption of the comic book. The production was being developed by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen. Kripke was set to write the series while Goldberg and Rogen were set to direct. Executive producers were reported to include Kripke, Goldberg, Rogen, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, James Weaver, Ken Levin, and Jason Netter. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson were set as co-executive producers. Production companies involved with the series included Point Grey Pictures, Original Film, and Sony Pictures Television.
On November 8, 2017, it was announced that Amazon Video had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. The series had reportedly been in development at Amazon for a number of months preceding the series order announcement. It was also reported that the previously announced creative team was still attached to the series.
Ahead of the series premiere, on July 19, 2019, it was announced that Amazon Video had renewed the series for a second season.
On December 18, 2017, it was announced that Erin Moriarty has been cast in the lead role of Annie January/Starlight. On January 17, 2018, it was reported that Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jessie Usher, and Nathan Mitchell had joined the main cast. In March 2018, it was announced that Laz Alonso, Jack Quaid, and Karen Fukuhara had been cast in series regular roles. On April 5, 2018, it was reported that Karl Urban had been cast in the series' lead role of Billy Butcher. On May 16, 2018, it was announced that Elisabeth Shue had been cast in the series regular role of Madelyn Stillwell. On June 25, 2018, it was reported that Tomer Kapon had joined the main cast in the role of Frenchie. On August 30, 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Esposito had been cast in the recurring role of CIA Agent Susan Raynor. On October 5, 2018, it was announced during the annual New York Comic Con that Simon Pegg had been cast in the role of Hughie's father. According to the artist Robertson, Hughie was drawn in the comics to resemble Pegg after he saw Pegg in the sitcom Spaced, but Pegg thought he was too old to play the role of Hughie in the TV series.
Principal photography for the first season began on May 22, 2018, in Toronto, and was scheduled to last until September 25, 2018. Principal photography for the second season is scheduled to take place from June 17 to November 1, 2019, in Toronto.
On September 26, 2018, the official poster for the series was released. On October 5, 2018, in tandem with the series' panel at the annual New York Comic Con, a teaser trailer for the series was released. On January 24, 2019, another teaser trailer was released via Seth Rogen's official Twitter account. The series premiered on July 26, 2019, after another teaser was released. On July 22, Slipknot released a new single called "Solway Firth" with an accompanying music video which featured clips and audio from the show.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 82% approval rating based on 76 reviews, with an average rating of 7.56/10. 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." She concludes "The Boys could still be a thrilling ride as it subverts the expectations of the family-friendly genre, with dark twists and unapologetically graphic scenes of sex and violence. The premiere ep has a lot of heavy lifting to do in exposition, yet Kripke works in some stunner moments, jolts of fun, and stellar action sequences." Liz Shannon Miller of AV Club wrote: "Karl Urban proves to be a thoroughly committed performer as Billy Butcher, whose dedication to taking down "supes" of course has a personal edge, but then again, when you see what men like the blatantly fake and evil Homelander (Antony Starr) are getting up to it makes sense that he's devoted his life to taking down the cause."
Although Amazon did not release specific viewing figures, Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, announced: "We are thrilled that The Boys have surpassed our predictions for viewing in its first two weeks, and has become one of our most watched Amazon Original series by our Prime Video customers."
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