Amazon Prime Video released The Boys on July 25 — several hours before its scheduled debut. This irreverent black comedy follows a group of vigilantes known as The Boys who set out to take down a group of celebrity superheroes who are abusing their powers.
So are The Boys' reviews bad, good, or super?
We haven't typically seen superheroes with snark, so The Boys is really venturing into new territory in that sense. The risk was worth the reward, though — at least according to the majority of early reviews we've seen.
Rotten Tomatoes averaged up 44 critics' reviews for The Boys to give its first season a 75 percent "fresh" rating. The critics' consensus was that "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."
Of course, some critics really like The Boys.
And some critics didn't think The Boys was so super.
Glen Weldon, a top critic for NPR, wrote, "The Boys isn't the bold deconstruction of superhero tropes its creators seem to think it is."
Audiences seem to love The Boys so far, though.
A quick scroll through #TheBoysTV hashtag on Twitter shows that fans are fully embracing this superhero satire.
Everyone seems to agree that The Boys has an incredible cast.
We've yet to come across a review with anything but praise for the stars of this series. Jack Quaid plays Hughie Campbell, a man who joins The Boys after his girlfriend is accidentally killed by a superhero. The other members of The Boys are played by Karl Urban, Laz Alonso, Tomer Kapon, and Karen Fukuhara.
Anthony Starr plays Homelander, the leader of the group of superheroes known as The Seven. The other members of The Seven are played by Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie Usher, Chace Crawford, Nathan Mitchell, and Alex Hassell.
The Boys is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.