Top 10 The Boys episodes, ranked from worst to best

The Boys is one of the best series currently streaming, and for good reason. Let's look at the most epic episodes of the show ranked from worst to best.
The Boys season 3 on Amazon Prime Video 2022, Antony Starr and Jack Quaid
The Boys season 3 on Amazon Prime Video 2022, Antony Starr and Jack Quaid /

Today, we're diving into the wild and wicked world of The Boys, a show that throws punches at the squeaky-clean image of superheroes and shows us what happens when capes go rogue.

This isn't your typical hero saga - it’s more like a rollercoaster ride through a hall of mirrors at a superhero funhouse – twisted and packed with enough surprises to make your head spin.

I've sifted through the chaos, the madness, and the downright outrageous to bring you the crème de la crème of episodes. From the jaw-dropping beginnings to the explosive finales, I'm counting down the top 10 episodes that left fans reeling, cheering, and in some cases, a bit disturbed. Whether you're here to re-live the insanity or prepping for a binge that’ll knock your socks off, you're in the right place.

Join me as I kick off this countdown of the best episodes from The Boys that are sure to blow your mind—or at least make you look at superheroes a little differently. Let's get this party started!

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10. Season 1, Episode 1: "The Name of the Game"

Starting our countdown with a bang, we go right back to where it all bega - the pilot episode.

In this explosive opener, we meet Hughie, just your average guy, whose world gets turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Thanks to a superhero mishap that’s more shocking than finding a worm in your apple, Hughie's cozy life is shredded to bits. Enter the mysterious and gruff Butcher, who’s like that uncle everyone’s a bit scared of but can’t help loving. He’s got a plan, a foul mouth, and a vendetta against capes that drags Hughie from his comfort zone into a world of secret plans, covert ops, and a lot of dirty deeds done dirt cheap.

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9. Season 1, Episode 4: "The Female of the Species"

Don’t let the name fool you - this isn’t a quaint biology lesson. This episode is a wild ride into the dark and gritty corners of superhero shenanigans, and it's all about getting to know the mysterious and downright lethal member of the Boys, known simply as The Female.

In this thrilling episode, we peel back the layers of The Female's murky past. She's a quiet, unassuming woman with the power to turn baddies into human pretzels without breaking a sweat. Yeah, she’s that awesome. But there's more to her than her fists of fury. We get a peek into her tragic backstory, and let me tell you, it’s a heart-wrencher. But it’s not all doom and gloom. We've got our favorite anti-heroes, Butcher and the gang, trying to piece together their own chaotic plans, making for some hilarious and eyebrow-raising moments. Remember the dolphin rescue attempt? Yep, that’s this episode. It’s as bizarre and hilarious as it sounds.

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8. Season 2, Episode 5: "We Gotta Go Now"

This episode might seem a bit quieter on the explosions and chaos front but still packs a serious punch in the drama department.

Imagine the toughest, scariest superhero you know - Homelander. Only, in this episode, we get to peek behind the curtain and see that Mr. Tough Guy has feelings too... and they're complicated. We see Homelander not just as the milk-loving, laser-eyed freak of nature, but as someone who’s really, really... needy. But it’s not all therapy and tears. We’ve got Starlight and Queen Maeve trying to play 4D chess with their lives hanging in the balance, which gives us all the suspense we crave without anyone having to blow up a whale (remember that from another episode? Yikes!). And let’s not forget about the Deep’s attempt at a comeback. He’s like that guy who left the party way too early and is trying way too hard to get back in. It’s awkward, it’s cringey, and it’s just perfect TV.

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7. Season 2, Episode 3: "Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men"

This episode is like a mega-sized, extra-spicy superhero sandwich – the kind that’s so good but so messy, you need about a dozen napkins just to get through it.

Our gang of not-so-merry vigilantes is plotting and scheming, as usual, trying to bring down the supes who walk around like they own the place. But things get really interesting when they go head-to-head with the Seven on the high seas. And who could forget the infamous whale scene? It’s like something out of a wild cartoon, except it’s all too real for poor Hughie and the gang. Imagine crashing into a whale like it's some kind of gruesome speed bump. It's gross, shocking, and just a bit hilarious - definitely not your everyday traffic obstacle. Though this episode might get overshadowed by some of the bombastic finales and jaw-dropping reveals in other episodes, it’s an unforgettable ride from start to finish. Full of chaos, wild stunts, and those “did they really just do that?!” moments, this episode cements itself as a classic in the outrageous world of The Boys.

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6. Season 3, Episode 1: "Payback"

Imagine you’re at a party where suddenly a bunch of new faces show up, and they’re not just any randoms - they’re the type to stir the pot and turn everything upside down. That’s what "Payback" does. It throws in some fresh characters who are as spicy as a hot sauce contest, and boy, do they make things interesting.

I'm not talking about just any newbies - we’ve got some heavy hitters stepping into the ring. There’s drama brewing, secrets that are itching to burst out, and tensions so thick you could cut them with a knife. This episode sets the chessboard, and each new character is like a move that promises chaos, clashes, and a whole lot of eyebrow-raising. While "Payback" doesn’t hit the peak drama of the season, it’s like the part of the roller coaster where you're clicking up to the top and the anticipation is building. Your heart’s racing, you’re gripping the safety bar, and you just know something big is going to happen. It’s all about setting the stage for the wild ride ahead and doing a killer job at making sure you stay glued to your seat.

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5. Season 1, Episode 8: "You Found Me"

"You Found Me" is the kind of episode that leaves you gasping, laughing, and yelling "What just happened?!" at your screen.

In this epic first season closer, every piece of the puzzle we've been juggling all season starts to click into place, but in the most twisted and unexpected ways. The Boys are on edge, the supes are up to no good, and the stakes? They're sky-high! But just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the show hits you with revelations that turn everything on its head. Secrets are spilled like soda on a rollercoaster - messy, sticky, and everywhere. And the biggest bombshell involves none other than our not-so-heroic Homelander. Let’s just say, family dinners will never be the same again for him.

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4. Season 3, Episode 5: "The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies"

This episode is a game-changer that flips the script and sends shockwaves through the series.

This isn’t just any old episode - it's the heart-pounding, jaw-dropping midpoint of season 3 where each character is walking on a tightrope and not everyone’s balance is top-notch. Friendships are tested, alliances are twisted, and by the end, you might just find yourself shouting at the screen -either in frustration or sheer disbelief.

Take Homelander, our resident super-creep. He's spinning more plates than a circus performer, and when one starts to wobble, oh boy, does it wobble! Then there’s Butcher, who’s dealing with his own heap of trouble that keeps piling up faster than dirty laundry. And don’t even get me started on Starlight and Hughie - these two are in for a bumpy ride that could change their course forever. "The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies" is a pivotal moment that reshapes the landscape of The Boys. With revelations that hit like a freight train and decisions that could make or break our favorite characters, this episode will leave you reeling, reflecting, and rabidly waiting for what comes next.

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3. Season 2, Episode 8: "What I Know"

This episode ties up more loose ends than a scout at a knot-tying contest, and it does it with the style and flair only The Boys can deliver.

This episode is like the final fireworks show on the Fourth of July - it's loud, it's proud, and it leaves a mark. Every moment feels like a mic drop. Our favorite band of anti-heroes and their super powered nemeses are at it again, pushing limits and testing loyalties, all while the clock ticks down to some serious revelations. We’ve got Butcher with his usual scowl, getting even grumpier (if that's possible) as he juggles personal bombs and big-time superhero showdowns. Then there’s Hughie, still trying to be the nice guy in a game where nice guys finish last, stuck in a moral dilemma that could change his life forever. And right when you think you've got it all figured out, plot twists pop out like surprise guests at a birthday party. This episode doesn't just serve up answers; it dishes out new questions, making sure you're hooked and booking it for the next season.

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2. Season 3, Episode 6: "Herogasm"

This episode isn’t just bold - it’s the king of bold, the master of jaw-dropping, "I can’t believe they went- here" television moments. Based on one of the most infamous arcs from the comics, this episode takes the cake... and then smashes it in the most spectacularly scandalous way possible.

I don't even know how to properly describe this episode, but It's essentially the superhero version of the wildest, most over-the-top orgy you can imagine - and then crank that vision up to eleven. "Herogasm" delivers a no-holds-barred bash where the supes cut loose in ways that would make a Vegas party look like a quaint tea gathering. From indulging in every vice imaginable to bending the very laws of decency, the heroes go all out in a festival of hedonism. And amidst the chaos of super-powered debauchery, our Boys are on a mission, weaving through the madness with their usual grit and a healthy dose of disbelief. The stakes are high, the tension is thicker than The Deep’s sense of self-importance, and the shocks come faster than A-Train on a sprint.

This episode not only pushes the envelope - it rockets it into the stratosphere, leaving a smoke trail of controversy and unforgettable moments. By the time the credits roll, you’re left wondering if what you just watched was real or some kind of wild fever dream. "Herogasm" is a true spectacle of excess and audacity, firmly stamping its mark on The Boys as perhaps the most unforgettable episode yet... I mean, until season 4 slaps us with even more unbelievable situations.

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1. Season 3, Episode 8: "The Instant White-Hot Wild"

The grand finale of the third season is where everything hits the fan - hard!

Imagine all your favorite characters thrown into a blender of chaos, with the stakes so high, even the superheroes can't just fly away from their problems. It's like watching a superhero chess match where every move could be a checkmate, and oh man, does it get intense! The action is nothing short of explosive. Imagine the most over-the-top action movie you've ever seen, then crank it up to eleven. That's right, from Homelander's laser eyes slicing through dilemmas like a hot knife through butter, to Starlight shining brighter than ever in the darkest of times - it's a no-holds-barred battle that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

But it's not just about the brawls and the blasts; the drama unfolds with secrets spilling out like popcorn kernels in a hot pan. Relationships are tested, alliances are questioned, and by the end, the chessboard is completely overturned. This episode ties up loose ends in a bow so tight, it could hold back The Hulk and leaves us practically begging the streaming service for more.

With the highly anticipated fourth season coming back in a matter of weeks, the hype for this next season of The Boys is unreal. Be prepared for more violence, gore, awkward moments, and sincere "what the hell just happened?!" moments starting Thursday, June 13th, on Prime Video.

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