Released in 2019, this new action-thriller series has been loved by almost everyone around the world. Developed by Eric Kripke, the Prime Video exclusive show is based on the comic book The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. In a nutshell, the story revolves around a couple of vigilantes who are constantly in the search for unique individuals who abuse their superpowers.
As the series was loved by the public very well, it was renewed for a second season that was released on September 4, 2020. Rotten Tomatoes has given the show a 90% while IMDb rates it an 8.7/10. Google users were also expressive about their admiration for the show as 95% have liked the whole series. This was no surprise given that in October 2019, Nielsen Media Research, an American-based firm that measures the amount of audience for various media platforms like television, films, radio and even newspapers, have come out with findings that over 8 million people watched The Boys television series within only 10 days of its release.
Because of its success, the show has even gotten 2 spin-off’s based on its story. The G-Men spin-off was announced on September 24, 2020 focusing on the G-Men team from the series itself that was mentioned in Season 1. Supe Porn was announced later as Eric Kripke, the developer of The Boys, has confirmed that this series spin-off will revolve around the in-universe pornographic scenes shortly shown on The Boys’ second season.
Detailed Index of The Boys
Genre: Superhero, Action, Drama, Dark comedy
Developed By: Eric Kripke
Based On: The Boys by: Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson
Composer: Christopher Lennertz
Executive Producers: Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Mortiz, Pavun Shetty, Rebecca Sonnenshine, Ken F. Levin, Ori Marmur, Dan Trachtenberg, Craig Rosenberg, Jason Netter & Phil Sgriccia
Country of Origin: United States
Production Locations: Toronto, Ontario and Canada
Number of Seasons: 2
Number of Episodes: 16
Running Time: 55 – 68 minutes
Available Platform: Amazon Prime Video
Original Release Date: July 26, 2019 – present
Karl Urban as William “Billy” Butcher
Jack Quaid as Hugh Campbell Jr.
Antony Starr as Homelander / John
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve / Maggie Shaw
Jessie T. Usher as A-Train /Reggie Franklin
Erin Moriarty as Starlight / Annie January
Chace Crawford as The Deep / Kevin Moskowitz
Tomer Capon as Frenchie / Serge
Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk / Marvin Milk
Karen Fukuhara as The Female / Kimiko Miyashiro
Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
Aya Cash as Liberty / Stormfront / Klara Risinger
Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
Jennifer Esposito as Susan Raynor
Shantel VanSanten as Becca Butcher
Nicola Correia-Damude as Elena
Laila Robins as Stan Edgar
Claudia Doumit as Victoria Neuman
Abraham Lim as Kenji Miyashiro
Cameron Crovetti as Ryan Butcher
Goran Višnjić as Alastair Adana
Breakdown per episode
Episode 1: “The Name of the Game”
During the pilot episode of the season, Hughie Campbell was shown struggling with the mental trauma that he had gotten after finding out his girlfriend, Robin, was killed because of a high-velocity impact caused by A-Train, a famous superhero. Trying to make up for what happened, lawyers have tried to bribe Hugh with a settlement worth $45,000 but he did not accept. Annie January, also known as Starlight, auditions to be part of The Seven, a superhero team, after an old member’s retirement. After getting the approval to join the group, she is taken into The Seven’s headquarters and is immediately greeted by The Deep who blackmails her into giving him oral sex. Billy Butcher presents Hughie a chance to expose A-Train and his corrupt works by giving him security footage of A-Train laughing about Robin’s death. Billy pushes Hughie to take the settlement money while secretly placing a bug in the area where it is given to him. Not wanting to get into trouble, Hughie refuses. Soon later, Annie meets Hughie, and the two bonds as they help each other realize that they should stand up for what they believe is right. Hughie gives into Billy’s plan and sets a bug. Unfortunately, Translucent, another member of The Seven, sees the bug and confronts Hughie. Billy And Hughie temporarily take Transulent’s powers while Homelander demolishes the plane of Baltimore’s Mayor and kills all the passengers.
Episode 2: “Cherry”
Not wanting anyone to ruin their plan, Billy and Hughie bring Translucent to Frenchie, a member of The Boys, who tries to kill him but fails. Billy seeks help from Susan Raynor, the CIA Director, to view the “Mallory files” but wasn’t allowed to. All the while, Madelyn Stillwell, Vought Vice President talks to Homelander about the evidence given to her that proves he caused the plane crash. Annie stands up for herself and swears to kill the Deep if she assaults her sexually again. Stillwell uses her powers to blackmail Senator Calhoun into making a decision that forces superheroes to join the military. Triggered by her past, Annie stops a rape but was unfortunately recorded by others. Annie’s agent gets mad at the situation saying that this is bringing her name into a bad light. Homelander continues to search for Translucent as Frenchie reveals that he put explosives in Translucent’s colon. Frenchie opens up that A-Train was also with his girlfriend before he killed Robin. The Boys realize that Homelander is close so they do not kill Translucent with the explosion. Frenchie and Billy set up a distraction while Translucent escapes, begging for Hughie to let him go. Hughie remembers his pain and ends up killing Translucent.
Episode 3: “Get Some”
More personal problems are encountered by Hughie when he talks to his father. Starlight receives positive feedback and publicity for stopping the rape she witnessed but was blackmailed by Stillwell to wear a much more revealing costume or she’ll lose her job. Billy meets up with, Mother’s Milk, a former friend, to set up surveillance on Popclaw together with the help of Hughie. The pair soon find out that A-Train takes “Compound V,” a certain drug. Excited by this discovery, Billy can’t wait to expose A-Train. He soon realizes that they need a vial of the drug from A-Train himself to prove that he is guilty. Hughie and Starlight continue to bond as A-Train uses Compound V to win a competition and publicly announces that he and Popclaw are broken up. The Boys find Popclaw heartbroken and almost killing her landlord. Billy uses this against her as an informant. Homelander shows the remains of Translucent to VP Madelyn Stillwell along with a special message from Billy.
Episode 4: “The Female of the Species”
The Boys find a secret hideout where they meet The Female, an imprisoned Japanese woman. Frenchie frees her before running away. Mother’s Milk finds evidence about her past as Hughie and Starlight go bowling. Per the request of Billy, Hughie places a bug on Starlight’s phone. A-Train discovers their supply of Compound V is gone and sends Popclaw to find the Female. Vice President Stillwell uses Homelander along with Queen Maeve to save a hijacked plane. Homelander accidentally messes up and destroys the control panel which forces him and Maeve to leave the plane before saving anyone. The Female continues to search for those who have captured her and kills them. Frenchie tracks her down and feels an immediate connection before they get separated by the crowd in Penn Station. A-Train arrives at the scene in search for the Female, trying to kill her. Frenchie uses the crowd to distract A-Train which allows the Female to safely escape. The Boys suddenly show up and corners her. Billy uses knockout gas during the situation. VP Stillwell is shown happy as Homelander uses the plane tragedy to promote that superheros should be under the military while Maeve struggles and grieves the loss of those they failed to save.
Episode 5: “Good for the Soul”
At an expo, Starlight is forced to vouch for the Vought’s agenda as Billy uses Hughie again to encourage Starlight to meet Exekiel, the host of the expo. Wanting to get away from what she experienced, Maeve visits her ex-girlfriend but leads soon after without explaining herself. Billy talks to his sister-in-law about his wife’s death while A-Train kills Popclaw for betraying him. A-Train heads to her apartment and discovers footage of Frenchie. Seeing that Ezekiel is alone, Hughie uses this time to confront him about information regarding Compound V. After this, Starlight shares to the crowd about her Christianity, her experience with sexual assault, and what she has done to still be employed. Hughie empathizes with Starlight and shares how he felt about Robin’s death. Billy and Mother’s Milk also find out that Vought uses the drug, Compound V, on babies. Frenchie gets a tip that Black Noir is searching for him and is forced to leave the Female behind and secretly lets her go. Almost dying from Black Noir, the Female protects Frenchie but her wounds quickly heal from the damage.
Episode 6: “The Innocents”
Piecing everything together, the Boys realize that Vought has been using various charities to smuggle Compound V. They discover that the “vaccines” were only a ploy to disguise the drug as Vought makes superhero babies. Stillwell confronts Starlight to follow her orders regarding the way she dresses but Starlight fights back and tells Stillwell that if she fires her after reporting and opening up about her sexual assault will put the image of Vought in a bad light. Stillwell discovers that the Deep is at fault for the assault and transfers him to Ohio in the meantime. Hughie attends a support group for his mental trauma but leaves yelling soon after saying that they aren’t doing anything to get justice. Billy and Hughie get closer as Billy reveals that his wife was raped by Homelander before she went missing. Frenchie and Mother’s Milk ask help from a telepath to find out where the Female is and discover that she is kidnapped. They also found out that Compound V has pushed terrorists to go further with their plan of having superheroes under the military. Mesmer, the telepath, hands Homelander surveillance evidence on the Boys as Billy finds out about Hughie and Starlight’s love affair.
Episode 7: “The Self-Preservation Society”
Hughie and Starlight continue seeing each other completely unaware that Billy has followed them. The Deep struggles to adjust in Ohio and is soon sexually assaulted by a fan. The group comes together to discuss Hughie’s actions from killing Translucent to blackmailing Ezekiel. Homelander decides to turn the tables on Starlight saying that she is conspiring against them but Maeve comes to defend her. Not long after, A-Train calls Hughie saying that he kidnapped Hughie’s father. Realizing Mesmer has turned on them, Billy hunts him down and kills him. Hughie gets a hold of Compound V and uses the drug to distract A-Train as the Female attacks him. Homelander asks Dr. Jonah, a Vought scientist, about his wife, Becca. Jonah reveals that Becca was pregnant with his child but the Vought decided to cover it up and expresses his sadness saying Homelander is his greatest failure. Billy requests Raynor to protect Hughie and Mother’s Milk’s families and finds out about an anti-superhero called Naqib. Starlight confronts Hughie about what she’s learned before Billy arrives and shoots her.
Episode 8: “You Found Me”
The last episode of the first season shows the Pentagon calling the Boys fugitives. Starlight talks to her mother about personal matters. A-Train loses his grip on Compound V and gets injured as he relapses. Hughie and Billy talk to Colonel Grace Mallory who rejects their request but tells them about Homelander and Stillwell’s connection. The Deep goes through a breakdown as Stillwell denies his pardon to return to the Seven. Hughie reaches out to Starlight for help but she refuses. Maeve opens up to Starlight about her own past and encourages her to push forward. Homelander tells Stillwell that he is the cause of the rise of the anti-heroes while Hughie, along with Frenchie, Mother’s Milk, and Starlight, helps free the Female. A-Train enters the scene and tries to fight off Starlight but fails as he suffers from a heart attack. Hughie tries to help him but Starlight takes on the role of using CPR for A-Train to survive. Billy kidnaps Stillwell to mess with Homelander. After confessing a lot of information, Homelander kills Stillwell himself. The episode ends with Homelander telling Billy that his wife, Becca, is still alive and has been raising Homelander’s son.
Episode 1: “The Big Ride”
The first episode of the second season follows the Boys as they are now known as fugitives. Billy is framed for the murder of Stillwell as Hughie, Frenchie, Mother’s Milk and the Female hide together as they find out an anti-superhero is on the lose. After trying to inform Raynor, she is soon killed by an assassin. Frenchie calls on Billy to help them with their new problem without Hughie knowing. Hughie and Annie team-up as they get Gecko, a test subject of Vought, to steal a sample of Compound V. Homelander’s status and power over the Vought was tested when a new superhero, Stormfront, joins the group. The Deep attends a church called Alastair Adana’s Church of the Collective in order to return to the Seven.
Episode 2: “Proper Preparation and Planning”
Billy makes a deal with Mallory to get a hold of the anti-superheroes in exchange for the exact location of Becca. The Boys discover that one of the terrorists is the Female’s brother, Kenji. They deal with the issue as A-Train threatens Starlight after he wakes up from a coma saying that her relationship with the Boys will soon be exposed. Starlight fights back and reminds him that she knows about how the murder of Popclaw. Homelander stays with Becca and Ryan, his son, in order to be a good father figure to him. The Deep encounters more problems as he gets drugged by the Church of the Collective. Maeve talks to Elena about the risk they’re taking as they continue to talk to each other.
Episode 3: “Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men”
Homelander tries to teach Ryan how to use his powers but it ends up in a fight as Ryan protects Becca. With Gecko’s help, the sample of Compound V was used by Starlight to tell the public that the drug is responsible for giving powers to the supes. Kenji is being hunted down by Edgar but is saved by the Boys as they try to bring him to the CIA safehouse. Kenji escapes as the Seven enters the scene. Stormfront kills Kenji along with others despite the order of Homelander. Edgar tries to prove to the public that superheros are needed specifically for these types of incidents.
Episode 4: “Nothing Like It in the World”
Mallory gives Billy information on Liberty, another superhero, as well as Becca’s whereabouts. Billy tries to get Becca to leave but she refuses given that he does not accept Ryan. After being threatened by Homelander, Starlight joins Hughie and Mother’s Milk in finding more information about Liberty. The group gets shocked as they realize Liberty is Stormfront who committed a scandalous racist murder during the 1970s. Homelander removes A-Train from the Seven and exposes Maeve’s connection with Elena. The Church of the Collective forces the Deep into an arranged marriage.
Episode 5: “We Gotta Go Now”
Homelander gets hate from the public as a video of him killing a civilian circulates. Stormfront helps Homelander with his publicity issues and the pair end up having sex. Billy expresses his thoughts on retiring but is intervened by Hughie and Mother’s Milk. The friends are attacked by Black Noir but were told to back off as Edgar threatens to leak information regarding Ryan. Starlight finds out that Stormfront and Edgar have been in contact. Starlight confronts Stormfront each other about the leakage of Compound V and the real identity of Liberty. Maeve relays to Elena that she plans to take down Homelander with the help of the Deep.
Episode 6: “The Bloody Doors Off”
Mother’s Milk along with Frenchie and the Female raids Sage Grove as they find various Compound V patients. The patients break out as Frenchie recognizes one of them. Lamplighter, one of the patients, reveals that the Vought is experimenting with Compound V to make it suitable for adults. Homelander and Stormfront talk as the latter reveals that she is the first successful subject of Compound V. Maeve finds incriminating evidence that Homelander was the cause of a past plane crash and blackmails him for it as A-Train is lured into the Church of the Collective.
Episode 7: “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker”
Victoria Neuman, the Congresswoman, sets a meeting against the Vought using Lamplighter as a witness. The Vought discovers the betrayal of Starlight and gets punished for it. Not long after, Maeve helps Starlight escape. Billy makes Vogelbaum testify against the Vought. The hearing was attacked by the same terrorist who killed Raynor and kills Vogelbaum along with others. Homelander and Stormfront trick Ryan into leaving Becca while A-Train is getting suspicious of the Church of the Collection’s real intentions. The episode ends with Elena and Maeve breaking up because of a certain past experience.
Episode 8: “What I Know”
Billy talks to Edgar and makes a deal to get back into the Vought but later breaks that promise as Billy tries to save Ryan and Becca from Stormfront. Ryan fuses his eye lasers to get revenge on Stormfront as she attacks Becca. Unfortunately, Ryan ends up killing Becca by accident. Billy finds it in his heart to forgive Ryan for what had happened when Ryan chooses him over Homelander. Maeve uses the plane footage as leverage as they blackmail Homelander into letting them go. The information about Stormfront being a Nazi in the past catches up to her while Edgar stops his plan to sell the Compound V drug. The Boys are finally free without charges and Starlight is granted back approval to join the Seven. Adana allows A-Train to come back, still disapproving of the Deep’s return to the group. Soon later, Ryan is taken by the CIA as Hughie works with Neuman for a job, unaware she is the assassin.
- 1 Detailed Index of The Boys
- 2 Main Cast
- 3 Breakdown per episode
- 3.1 Season 1
- 3.2 Season 2
- 3.2.1 Episode 1: “The Big Ride”
- 3.2.2 Episode 2: “Proper Preparation and Planning”
- 3.2.3 Episode 3: “Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men”
- 3.2.4 Episode 4: “Nothing Like It in the World”
- 3.2.5 Episode 5: “We Gotta Go Now”
- 3.2.6 Episode 6: “The Bloody Doors Off”
- 3.2.7 Episode 7: “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker”
- 3.2.8 Episode 8: “What I Know”