How ‘The Boys’ Faced ‘A Metric S— Ton of Pressure’ in Crafting Season 2

”I did not want to be the one-hit wonder that people said ‘Oh, Season 1 was so good, and then they s— the bed,'“ showrunner Eric Kripke says

Amazon’s superhero send-up “The Boys” returns on Friday with considerably more fanfare than its series debut last summer, when it became a surprise hit with its meta-commentary on Hollywood’s most popular draws.

According to Nielsen, “The Boys” was one of Amazon’s most popular shows immediately after its debut. It became Amazon’s highest-rated series on IMDB — ever — with an 8.9 rating. While the unexpected success was undoubtedly a good thing for Amazon, that only ratchets up the pressure to avoid the dreaded Sophomore Slump. The streamer gave it a big vote of confidence by picking up a second season ahead of last year’s premiere.

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Tim Baysinger

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Jennifer Maas

Jennifer Maas

TV Reporter • • Twitter: @jmaasaronson