The Boys (TV series)

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Television series
German title The Boys
Original title The Boys
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) since 2019
Amazon Studios ,
Original Film ,
Point Gray Pictures ,
Sony Pictures Television
length 60 minutes
Episodes 8 in 1+ seasons ( list )
genre Superhero film ,
dramedy ,
black humor ,
idea Eric Kripke ,
Evan Goldberg ,
Seth Rogen
production Hartley Gorenstein
music Christopher Lennertz
camera Jeremy Benning,
Jeff Cutter,
Dylan Macleod
Initial release July 26, 2019 on Prime Video

First publication in German
July 26, 2019 on Prime Video

The Boys is an American superhero television series based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson . It premiered on July 26, 2019 with the release of the entire first season on Prime Video .


The Boys is set in a world where superheroes are celebrated. However, this is a tough business, behind which there are powerful corporations like Vought, who know how to stage and market their heroes. Although they strive to maintain a clean image in public, many superheroes are corrupted by their power and abuse it. They lack empathy and the ability to manage crises ; They regard dead or mutilated people succinctly as collateral damage, privately many indulge in obscure perversions .

Hughie Campbell leads a carefree life as a salesman and hesitantly plans a future with his girlfriend Robin, until one day she is grossly negligently killed by the superhero A-Train when he runs through her on the street in front of his eyes and tears up in the process. This causes desperation and bitterness for Hughie, not least because A-Train regards the incident with mockery and Vought cynically offers him compensation against a duty of confidentiality. Then Billy Butcher comes into his life and offers him revenge on the superhero. Led by Butcher, who blames the superhero Homelander for his wife's death, he, Hughie, and other allies throughout the series set about using violence and blackmail against the superheroes.

Homelander is considered a national hero and is at the head of the Seven , the most famous superhero group (a parody of the Justice League ). He knows how to hide his cruelty and contempt for normal people. The Seven are complemented by the disaffected, alcoholic Queen Maeve, the mysterious, silent Black Noir, the "invisible" Translucent, A-Train, the fastest man in the world, and The Deep, who struggles with his outsider role as a "fish boy". The young Starlight is accepted as a new member in the group. At first idealistic and full of zest for action, she quickly sobered up reality and the sexual abuse by The Deep.


The comic book was published from 2006 to 2012. The first six issues were of Wildstorm , a DC - Imprint released, the remaining been published by Dynamite. As early as April 2016, the first reports came up that Cinemax wanted to develop a television series as an adaptation of the comic with Eric Kripke as screenwriter and the directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg . On November 8, 2017, Amazon Studios announced the production of an eight-episode season . Sony Pictures Television and Original Films were named as co-producers .

In April 2018, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were replaced by Dan Trachtenberg as director of the first episode due to scheduling conflicts . Main filming for the first season began on May 22, 2018 in Toronto and ended on September 25, 2018. Artist Darick Robertson was Simon Pegg's visual template for the Hughie Campbell of the comics. Since Pegg was now too old for this role, the role of Hughie's father, which is missing in the comics, was created as a homage to him and taken over by Pegg.

The series premiered on July 26, 2019 on Prime Video with the simultaneous release of all episodes. Even before the release, a second season was commissioned in March 2019. On July 19, 2019, Aya Cash was confirmed for the role of Stormfront, the Nazi superhero and leader of Team Payback (an Avengers parody). The first three episodes of the eight-part second season should be available on Prime Video from September 4, 2020, the remaining five episodes should be published weekly until October 9, 2020. In July 2020, the series was prematurely extended for a third season. On August 19, 2020, it was announced that Supernatural star Jensen Ackles will play the role of Soldier Boy in season three.

Cast and dubbing

role actor image Main role Supporting role Voice actor
The guys (The Boys)
William "Billy" Butcher Karl Urban Karl Urban 1.01– Tobias Kluckert
Hugh "Hughie" Campbell Jack Quaid Jack Quaid 1.01– Patrick Baehr
Frenchie Tomer Kapon 1.02– Julien Haggège
Marvin "Mother's" Milk Laz Alonso Laz Alonso 1.03– Matti Klemm
Kimiko / The female Karen Fukuhara Karen Fukuhara 1.04– Franziska van der Heide
The Seven (The Seven)
John / Homelander Antony Starr Antony Starr 1.01– Norman Matt
Annie January / Starlight Erin Moriarty Erin Moriarty 1.01– Victoria Frenz
Queen Maeve Dominique McElligott Dominique McElligott 1.01– Marie Bierstedt
A train Jessie Usher 1.01– Ozan Unal
Kevin / The Deep Chace Crawford Chace Crawford 1.01– Arne Stephan
Black Noir Nathan Mitchell 1.01– mute
Translucent Alex Hassell 1.01-1.02, 1.07 Alexander Doering
Madelyn Stillwell Elisabeth Shue Elisabeth Shue 1.01–1.08 Maud Ackermann
Ashley Barrett Colby minifie 1.01-1.03, 1.05-1.06 Mia Diekow
Jonah Vogelbaum John Doman John Doman 1.06-1.07 Eberhard Haar
Stan Edgar Giancarlo Esposito Giancarlo Esposito 1.08 Torsten Michaelis
Other superheroes (supes)
Ezekiel Shaun Benson Shaun Benson 1.01–1.02, 1.04–1.05 Florian Halm
Charlotte / Popclaw Brittany Allen Brittany Allen 1.03-1.05 Julia Kaufmann
Mesmer Haley Joel Osment Haley Joel Osment 1.06-1.07 Benjamin Krause
Other characters
Hugh Campbell Sr. Simon Pegg Simon Pegg 1.01-1.03, 1.07 Simon hunter
Donna January Ann Cusack 1.01, 1.05, 1.08 Silke Matthias
Susan Raynor Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito 1.02, 1.04, 1.06-1.08 Victoria Storm
Becca Butcher Shantel VanSanten Shantel VanSanten 1.04, 1.07-1.08 Andrea Cleven

Episode list

season 1

( total )
( St. )
German title Original title Director script
1 1 Every beginning is difficult ... The name of the game Dan Trachtenberg Eric Kripke
2 2 Cherry Cherry Dan Trachtenberg Matt Shakman
3 3 At all costs Get some Phil Sgriccia George Mastras
4th 4th The female of the species The Female of the Species Fred Toye Anne Cofell Saunders
5 5 Good for the soul Good for the soul Stefan Schwartz Anne Cofell Saunders
6th 6th The innocent The Innocents Jennifer Phang Rebecca Sonnenshine
7th 7th The self-preservation society The Self-Preservation Society Dan Attias Craig Rosenberg & Ellie Monahan
8th 8th You found me You Found Me Eric Kripke Anne Cofell Saunders & Rebecca Sonnenshine
The entire first season was first released on July 26, 2019 on Prime Video in both the original and German.

season 2

( total )
( St. )
German title Original title Director script
9 1 - The Big Ride - Eric Kripke
10 2 - Proper preparation and planning - Rebecca Sonnenshine
11 3 - Nothing Like It in the World - Michael Saltzman
12 4th - Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men - Craig Rosenberg
13 5 - We Gotta Go Now - Ellie Monahan
14th 6th - The Bloody Doors Off - Anslem Richardson
15th 7th - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker - Craig Rosenberg
16 8th - What I know - Rebecca Sonnenshine


This section consists only of a cunning collection of quotes from movie reviews. Instead, a summary of the reception of the film should be provided as continuous text, which can also include striking quotations, see also the explanations in the film format .

The reviews of The Boys were mostly positive. The Rotten Tomatoes series has an aggregate rating of 81%, with a total of 75 reviews. Amazon announced that The Boys is the most watched series of the year on Prime Video after just two weeks. Andreas Borcholte from Spiegel called The Boys a "stroke of luck" for Amazon. The premise is similar to the Watchmen comic series , but with a focus on the group that wants to take action against the crimes of superheroes. The series is full of surprisingly coarse slogans and repeatedly exploding violence. What the series lacks in sex, is absorbed by the actors Quaid and Moriarty with a "disarming heartiness".

Nicky Wong from TV Spielfilm notes that the series is “brutal”, for him “almost too brutal”. However, he sees the “splatter and gor elements” as “underlining the comic character”. Kristina Kielblock from writes that The Boys could "possibly change the way you view superheroes permanently".

“Entertainment, satire, social criticism. The anti-superhero series 'The Boys' has all the ingredients to be a huge success. (...) Because the rage of civilization has broken through: In the form of the intelligent-cynical, but sometimes highly comical Amazon Prime series 'The Boys'. The scenario is as simple as it is ingenious: there really are superheroes, they are world stars, have their own brands, films, products, and are on Instagram. And they are deeply corrupt, narcissistic, hypocritical. You can see them beaming at public appearances and greedy at the internal negotiation of shares in the proceeds. (...) They are bitterly drawn parodies of real heroes. "

- Jannik Schäfer: FAZ

“What if superheroes abuse their power? The series 'The Boys' is dedicated to this question. Prime Video's eight-part series focuses on the major social issues of our time. Must see! (..) The eight-part series illuminates the dark side of superheroism and at the same time criticizes the cultic worship of celebrities and the international marketing of famous people. The producers Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have made it their business to lump together the major social issues of the last few years. And the project was a success, you can tell that much. (...) The company (Vought) monetizes every move made by the costumed heroes and of course it also hushes up derailments as well as serious collateral damage that kills innocent people. "

- Michael Dirk Scholz: GQ


German Synchron Award 2020

  • Award in the Best Drama Series category

Web links

Individual evidence

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