The Boys Comes to Amazon Prime

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With great power comes great responsibility, yes. But what happens when corruption and greed overshadow responsibility and the powerful are allowed to run amuck? Such is the question raised in The Boys, a gritty and irreverent black comedy about superheroes out of control and the team trying to stop them, landing on Amazon Prime July 26.

What The Boys is About

Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s best-selling comic, The Boys centers on a world where superheroes, nicknamed Supes, are celebrities with god-like fame and unlimited power—and the egos to match. With no check on the Supes’ violent and destructive behavior, everyday civilians have not legal recourse for collateral damage left in the heroes’ wake. When every high-speed chase and fight for “justice” leaves a wave of property destruction and civilian tragedy, who will stand up for the little guy?

The Boys Teaser

(mostly safe for work)

After a cocky and reckless Supe murders his girlfriend, A/V salesman Hughie (Jack Quaid, The Hunger Games), struggles with hopelessness and anger at the lack of accountability. In the midst of his grief, he is recruited by Billy Butcher, a mysterious, snarky, and foul-mouthed operative played by Karl Urban (Star Trek). Butcher turns out to be the leader of “The Boys,” a vigilante group seeking justice against the corrupt Supes and the power behind them—Vought International.

Publically, the Supes are a multi-million dollar global industry, glossy and clean, raking it in through celebrity appeal, mass product placement, films, and theme parks, all in support of their greater mission to protect the world. But Butcher introduces Hughie to the seedy underside of the Supes’ world, one that belies the pristine image they put forth in the media—a world of sex, violence, manipulation, and hypocrisy.

This is not your family-friendly superhero show. Gritty, irreverent, and graphically violent, The Boys take on the trappings of superheroes and their mass-market publicity and turns it all on its head. The series was developed by Eric Kripke (Supernatural)—who also serves as writer, executive producer, and directed the season finale—along with Evan Goldberg (Preacher), and Seth Rogen (Preacher, Future Man). The pilot episode is directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).

Butcher’s “Boys” are a team of regular, blue-collar cohorts who are unafraid to fight dirty. They aren’t “super abled,” but they are geared up to enter the fray. The team includes Laz Alonso (Detroit) as Mother’s Milk, Tomer Capon (Hostages) as Frenchie, and Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as The Female.

The chief target of The Boys is The Seven, the all-stars of the Vought superhero franchise. Led by the chiseled, all-American Homelander (Antony Starr, Banshee), the elite team includes Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell, iZombie), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott, House of Cards), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher, Survivor’s Remorse), The Deep (Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl). Newcomer Starlight (Erin Moriarty, Jessica Jones) is a sweet midwestern hero who still believes she is there to “save the world,” but quickly becomes disillusioned by her new career.

The series also stars Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) as Vought’s poised and polished Senior VP of Hero Management, Madelyn Stillwell, and guest stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) as Hughie’s father.

The Boys full-length trailer

(warning: very graphic violence and language):

How to watch The Boys without cable

The Boys is an Amazon Studios production, meaning it’s currently only available through Amazon Prime. However, that makes it free to all Amazon Prime subscribers beginning July 26. Amazon seems to have a lot of faith in this project as it has already been renewed for a second season.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member yet, they offer a free 30-day trial, and then subscription options include:

  • A video-only plan for $8.99 a month
  • Monthly Amazon Prime rate of $12.99, including all Prime benefits
  • Annual Amazon Prime rate of $119, including all Prime benefits

Episodes can be streamed on the Amazon website or watched through any device that hosts the Amazon Video app, including Roku, Apple TV, Tivo, as well as smart TVs, gaming consoles, and mobile devices, either by streaming or downloading to watch offline. Visit Amazon’s “How to Stream” page to learn more about what devices are compatible.

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Heather C. Jackson: Heather C. Jackson is a freelance writer, editor, costume designer, and self-proclaimed television junkie located in Baltimore. Her writing work includes copywriting and editing art books, play scripts, and academic work; time as an editor, communications specialist, and publicist in regional theatre; and several years as a home and lifestyle writer and editor.