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The Boondocks (2005– )

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Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.


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Series cast summary:
 Riley Freeman / ... (56 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Robert 'Granddad' Freeman / ... (55 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Tom Dubois / ... (53 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Uncle Ruckus / ... (52 episodes, 2005-2014)
Gabby Soleil ...
 Jazmine Dubois (47 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Sarah Dubois / ... (46 episodes, 2005-2014)


Based on the original comic strip Boondocks, Two young brothers (Huey and Riley) move away from their birth city to live with their irascible grandfather out in the suburbs. With one brother being socially and politically motivated and the younger brother a stereotypical black youth who likes rap music and culture etc Biting socio-political commentary ensues when they meet a whole cast of crazy exaggerated characters set in a mainly white middle upper class neighbourhood. Written by Anonymous

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6 November 2005 (USA)  »

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The controversial nature of the comic strip (as well as Aaron McGruder's insistence on maintaining creative control) lead to several failed attempts to get this series going since 1999. McGruder initially developed "The Boondocks" as a television series before turning it into a strip. Some of the would-be homes of the series included HBO and MTV. In 2003, the FOX network ordered a pilot with the prospect of picking up the series. They eventually passed, only to have the series taken up by Adult Swim. See more »


Huey Freeman: [while shooting at each other with BB guns] Why does it always have to end up like this?
Riley Freeman: Cause you's a bitch.
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Referenced in Rick and Morty: Total Rickall (2015) See more »


The Boondocks Theme
Composed by Aaron McGruder, Derryck Thornton, Asheru
Performed by Asheru
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The best show for society
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Adult Swim's most socially conscious and possibly most clever show. It's loaded with parallels to real world events. (A convenience store robbery works as a perfect metaphor for the early stages of Iraqi Freedom.) There are also heavy doses of Eastern influences, with references to Japanese cinema (Zatoichi, specifically) and action scenes comparable to what you'd normally only see in anime. The heavy dosage of quality hip hop is also refreshing. Aaron McGruder is man with good tastes, and they help to make his material so brilliant.

And yes, it is damn funny. John Witherspoon is incredible, and Regina King's voice grows on you after an episode. Also, frequent appearances by Samuel L. Jackson and Charlie Murphy as a couple of rich white boy gangstas lend an unequaled comic value to the show.

Now, onto the controversy factor.

Not to sound like a broken record, but this show is not racist. It does not lampoon black people, nor does it lampoon white people. This show specifically makes fun of just plain ignorant folks. Regardless of race. If you are a viewer who gets offended by the show, or thinks it's just an excuse for Adult Swim to prominently feature the "n-word," then you are exactly who this show is making fun of. (That's not to say that you have to like the show. If you are not offended but still do not like the show, that's your own prerogative.) I always thought that any show that always has to include a moral message must be a crappy family sitcom or kid's show. Not so in the case of Boondocks. Not to sound to preachy, but racial tensions still exist, even if the most common result is a white person being awkward and overly friendly when meeting a black person, saying things like "So, you hear the new Jay-Z?See the new Spike Lee?" This show is just what society needs. ***** out of *****

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