The Boys is an American black comedy-drama superhero television series developed by Eric Kripke for the streaming service Amazon Prime Video. Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, which was originally published by DC Comics under its Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment, it follows the eponymous team of vigilantes as they combat superpowered individuals who abuse their abilities. The series stars an ensemble cast that includes Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capone, and Karen Fukuhara as the vigilantes and Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jessie T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell as members of "the Seven", an elite superhero group run by the conglomerate Vought International who, while maintaining a lofty façade, are shallow celebrity figures prone to committing horrendous crimes in secret. The series also stars Elisabeth Shue in the first season, while Colby Minifie and Aya Cash joined the cast for the second season. Claudia Doumit, Jensen Ackles and Laurie Holden joined for the third season.
The first season premiered on July 26, 2019. Ahead of the second season premiere, the series was renewed for a third season in July 2020, which was released on June 3, 2022. The series has received critical acclaim for its writing, storyline, humor, and the performances of the cast (particularly Urban and Starr) and has been nominated for six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2021.
Two spin-off shows were ordered in September 2020 and December 2021, the latter of which, The Boys Presents: Diabolical, premiered on March 4, 2022.
- The Boys Presents: Diabolical