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The Watchlist Gen V
Pictured: Gen V (Amazon Prime Video)
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Fergus Halliday
Feb 06, 2024
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Amazon’s The Boys is a show made of inexplicably strange contrasts. It’s a superhero drama that’s mostly about the motley crew of unapologetic terrorists looking to keep the series’ various caped crusaders in line. It’s a barbed critique of capitalism and celebrity culture, but it’s also produced and distributed by Amazon, one of the biggest companies in the world.

Even if the hard R rating and semi-obscure source material keep it from cracking the mainstream in the way that Disney Plus originals like Loki have, there’s a strong case that The Boys might just be the best superhero TV show on television right now. Given that, it was only a matter of time before someone involved tried to double-dip.

Gen V is the result.

The series is something of a sequel set in the same universe as The Boys. But rather than deal with the antics of Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his gang of misfits, its superpowered drama deals with what’s taking place within the sinister halls and walls of Godolkin University.

There’s a world in which this shift from the high-stakes action of The Boys to the smaller scale of a single university campus leaves Gen V feeling tacked on and unnecessary, but this isn’t the one we live in. The first season of the series takes time to set up the stakes for each of its characters and puts in the work to make sure that you’ll care about them beyond just your pre-existing relationship with this particular world.

If the cameos from the likes of Jensen Ackles didn’t give it away, a lot of the core creative team behind The Boys and Gen V came up through Supernatural. However, for as long as that series ran— and not for lack of trying— it only ever managed to get a single spin-off (The Winchesters) off the ground and that one happened posthumously.

Gen V feels like the byproduct of all those failures.

It’s immediately arresting and it doesn’t take your attention for granted. It’s playing in the same tonal space as The Boys, but more than bold enough to carve out a niche for itself.

The first four seasons of The Boys are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime in Australia. That’s also where you’ll find the first season of Gen V.

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The growing number of streaming video-on-demand services has unlocked a world of entertainment for everyday Australians. But what should be a dream come true has slowly turned into a living nightmare; an avalanche of content delivered direct to your screen with nobody sorting the rare gems from the rivers of cinematic sludge.

It's like that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the Nazi opens the coveted ark. The thing we so desperately wanted in Australia, after decades of delayed movie and TV releases, has melted our face off and turned us into a puddle of quivering goop.

What The Watchlist offers is a return to simpler times. Like getting a recommendation from the cool Video Ezy clerk. We keep our recommendations simple and focused, typically in line with a common theme (actor, director, genre etc.,) or recent release. 

There are plenty of services and newsletters like The Watchlist around the world, but our recommendations are specific to an Australian audience. So if we recommend something, you can be sure we'll tell you where its streaming too. 

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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