Skip to main content
If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

The Boys: Season 4 is coming - Here's how to watch it, Gen V, & Diabolical in release or chronological order

Want to check out Amazon Prime Video's bloody and bombastic superhero series, plus its spinoffs? We've got you covered

Image credit: Amazon Prime Video

Popverse's top stories of the day


It's an election year - a terrifying prospect in both our universe and in the world of The Boys.

That's right, Amazon Prime Video's sadistic satire of the superhero genre. is headed to the White House for its latest chapter, which will be heading to the streamer this June. Before that, though, Popverse has tossed together this The Boys watch order (including its spinoffs), so that you can go into the voting booths - er, I mean your Prime account - fully prepared.

Based loosely on the comic book The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Amazon Prime Video's The Boys is a distinctly more gritty take on the superhero genre. Most heroes in this world have either been corrupted by their power or are simply sociopaths waiting for a chance to let their worst side out to the world. Following the success of the Amazon TV show, multiple spin-offs have been announced, including Gen V, the new series currently streaming on Prime Video. If you’re not sure how best to watch every show in The Boys franchise in either chronological or release order, here is exactly what you need to know.

How to watch The Boys in chronological order

Most episodes of The Boys take place in the order they are released, though there are some flashbacks used to flesh out certain characters’ backstories and motivations. The biggest wrinkle in the show’s watch order is the animated series Diabolical. Some of these shorts take place in the main show’s timeline, while most take place in an entirely different universe. According to showrunner Eric Kripke, only three episodes of Diabolical are considered canon to the main show. Every other episode is included on this list but noted as non-canon to avoid confusion.

If you want to watch The Boys in chronological order, here is what we suggest.

How to watch The Boys in release order

If you’re not worried about keeping the timeline straight, it is much easier to watch The Boys in release order. Other than the occasional short that is released between episodes, most of the content in The Boys is released in easy-to-follow seasons. Here is how to watch everything that has been released for Amazon’s The Boys series in release order.

  • The Boys – Season 1
  • The Boys – Season 2: Episodes 1-3
  • Butcher: A Short Film – Note that this was a 5-minute film released via The Boys Twitter account
  • The Boys – Season 2: Episodes 4-8
  • Seven on 7 – Episodes 1-7
  • Diabolical – Episodes 1-8
  • The Boys – Season 3: Episodes 1-3
  • Deeper and Deeper – Note that this is a podcast hosted on Audible featuring The Deep and his wife Cassandra discussing their relationship up to this point in the show.
  • The Boys – Season 3: Episode 4
  • Seven on 7 – Episode 8
  • The Boys – Season 3: Episodes 4-8
  • Mr. Butcher: A Proper Education – Note that this was a 1-minute short released via The Boys Twitter account
  • Seven on 7 – Episode 9
  • Gen V - Season 1

Where can you watch The Boys

The Boys is one of the most popular shows on Amazon Prime Video and they have the exclusive rights to stream it worldwide. Even the Deeper and Deeper podcast is hosted on the Amazon-owned Audible service. The only exceptions are the Seven on 7 episodes, which are hosted on YouTube, and the two short films, which were posted by The Boys’ Twitter account.

When is The Boys Season 4 coming out?

Following Gen V season 1, all eyes were on The Boys highly-anticipated fourth season. And now, finally, we know exactly when the newest chapter in the sanguine supes saga will be dropping - June 13, 2024.

As reported by the good folks at TVLine, the debut of The Boys season 4 won't be limited to just one episode. Instead, fans will get to catch the first three (!!) episodes that day, as they drop simultaneously to kick off the season.

From there, Amazon Prime Video will release one episode per week until the finale of this season, currently slated for July 18.

How many episodes of The Boys Season 4 will there be?

Image credit: Amazon Prime Video

Using the confirmed information above and doing a little bit of math (this took me 48 hours), we can confiidently say that The Boys season 4 will be comprised of eight episodes. We've speculated as much before, especially due to the fact that the three preceding seasons have all numbered that amount.

Now, what hasn't been officially released yet are the episode titles. However, The Boys wiki has posted the following names for each episode, all of which have ties back to the original comic run. Those titles are listed here, but remember, without official word from Amazon, these are currently just speculation.

  • Episode 1 - Department of Dirty Tricks
  • Episode 2 - Life Among the Septics
  • Episode 3 - We'll Keep the Red Flag Flying Here
  • Episode 4 - Wisdom of the Ages
  • Episode 5 - Beware the Jabberwock, My Son
  • Episode 6 - Dirty Business
  • Episode 7 - The Insider
  • Episode 8 - Assassination Run

Update - At least one of these titles is confirmed, as The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke posted a script snippet on his Twitter/X account.

Is The Boys Season 4 trailer online?

Watch on YouTube

You bet your [insert Butcher dialogue here] there is! Check it out above.

Will there be a Season 5 of The Boys?

Image credit: Amazon Prime Video

Now here's something we don't have to simply speculate over. In a recent conversation on X/Twitter, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke spoke about the filming of Season Four, specifically, its finale. In a move that set fans alight, Kripke specifically called the Season Four finale "not the series finale."

Is that as good as an official confirmation of The Boys Season 5 from Amazon Prime? No. But does it mean that, at least when Kripke had that conversation in February of 2023, the creators had plans for another season?

Absolutely.

Does The Boys tv show follow the comics’ storyline?

When you’re adapting a property from comic books to TV screens, you have to expect some changes. The Boys gives some characters a new look, such as giving Billy Butcher a rugged beard, when it translated them to screen. Several characters got their backstories updated for the modern era and others, like Soldier Boy, got a complete personality overhaul to help them fit into the TV show.

The broad premise of The Boys TV show remains similar to the original comic. It follows a group of vigilantes who are tasked with holding superheroes accountable for their actions, but most of the details are very different. Considering the explosion in superhero films since The Boys comic book debuted in 2006, there are more nods to properties like the MCU mixed into the TV show, for example. Homelander is far more controlled and intelligent in the TV show, making him a more menacing, unpredictable villain.

The result is that The Boys TV show will feel familiar to fans of the comics while still offering plenty of surprises. Major story beats are presented in vastly different ways, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up a single issue of The Boys. There is no required reading to enjoy the show.


Get to meet the new class of Gen V.

Follow Popverse for upcoming event coverage and news

Let Popverse be your tour guide through the wilderness of pop culture

Sign in and let us help you find your new favorite thing.

In this article
Awaiting cover image

Diabolical

TV show

Awaiting cover image

Gen V

TV show

See 2 more
Awaiting cover image

Seven on 7

TV show

Awaiting cover image

The Boys

TV show

Related topics
About the Author
Trent Cannon avatar

Trent Cannon

Contributor

Trent is a freelance writer who has been covering anime, video games, and pop culture for a decade. (He/Him)
Comments