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For more than three decades now, comic book readers and writers often ponder the question, “Who watches the watchers?” After all, when you have a bunch of folks out with superpowers who have the same human, who or what will keep them in check if they decide to go all Harvey Dent on everyone? The comic series The Boys by Gareth Ennis and Darick Robertson is a black comedy that explores this, and is now a full-fledged series on Prime Video.
While the general public thinks all superheroes are incorruptible boy scouts ala Clark Kent, in truth, many of them have grown corrupt, arrogant, and in some cases, evil. Luckily, they’re kept in check by the Boys, a vigilante group that help keep these rogue elements under control. Led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), who admittedly, has nothing but disdain for caped crusaders of all strides. His counterpart, the egotistical Homeland leads the Seven, a supergroup that rides the line between the Avengers and the Sinister Six. It’s as action-packed as any big budget summer blockbuster, but with a little more depth, and of course, dark comedy that made the comic series so memorable.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch The Boys online for free.
The Boys cast
- Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
- Jack Quaid as Hugh “Hughie” Campbell
- Antony Starr as John/Homelander
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
- Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve
- Jessie T. Usher as A-Train
- Laz Alonso as Marvin “Mother’s Milk”
- Chace Crawford as Kevin/The Deep
- Tomer Kapon as Frenchie
- Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko/the Female
- Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
- Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell
What channel is The Boys on?
The program airs exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
When does The Boys premiere?
All eight episodes of The Boys premiered on July 26, 2019 on Amazon Prime Video.
How to stream The Boys
There’s only one way to watch The Boys: Amazon Prime Video. The on-demand streaming service comes with every Amazon Prime subscription. Luckily, subscriptions come with a 30-day trial, so you can watch The Boys online for free.
- Cost: $119 per year (after 3o-day free trial)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular streaming services available, in large part because it comes complimentary with every Prime membership. If you’re addicted to 2-day shipping and binging TV shows, it’s one of the best-streaming destinations. Along with The Boys, there are plenty of exclusives that make having access to the library worth having, including Fleabag, The Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, and The Tick. Best of all, if you’re a student, you can get six months free before you commit for the rest of the year.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.