The Boys is known for being an over-the-top take on the superhero genre. It is based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Since the first season was released in 2019, the show has been different from all other works in the superhero genre. It depicted a highly plausible dark side to the world of superheroes and is known for its graphic violence and sexually explicit content.
The Boys made a Standards & Practices Department necessary for Prime Video
In an interview with TVLine, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke revealed that the hit superhero series is the reason why Prime Video created its Standards & Practices department.
Though Standards & Practices is much more common for broadcast networks, Amazon has one of its own. And Eric Kripke has disclosed that it is partially because of The Boys, given how much adult content it uses. The showrunner disclosed how the management called him in for the institution of the group. He said, “I still remember the call, which [was] like, ‘Can you guys come in? Because we have to start a Standards & Practices department,’ in part because of us. It was [our] Season 1 and then I think there was like one other show that caused a problem for them. I’ll wear it as a badge of honor that I helped start their Standards department.”
What happened when they went too far?
Eric Kripke even recalled the first time they ever encountered a serious problem in getting authorization. An NSFW interaction between Chace Crawford’s The Deep and an octopus was the first time they had any difficulty getting approval from Sony and Amazon. He said, “For some crazy reason, Standards has a policy against bestiality. They’re so uptight, really.” He added that the scene set off “a lot of alarm bells at a lot of different levels at Amazon.”
The Boys is going strong
But notwithstanding the hard-core action and the sexually explicit content, The Boys has found a lot of takers. A unique style and some out-of-the-box work have made the show a fan favorite. The Boys has made its name in the Superhero genre in a world dominated by Marvel and DC.
Currently, Season 3 of the show is airing and a new episode streams every Friday. Season 3 Episode 6, titled Herogasm, was released recently. “Herogasm” was heavily marketed and hyped up prior to its release due to the level of sexual content depicted. However, the showrunner had previously discussed this “Herogasm” scene and stated that the writers are always conscious of going “too far” on The Boys. The episode was highly praised by fans and critics alike. Season 3 is also getting the fans’ love.
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The show has already been renewed for a 4th Season.