The Boondocks

The Boondocks

  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.4  (26,896)

Originally a comic strip in The Diamondback, a student newspaper at the University of Maryland, The Boondocks has become one of its host network's greatest successes and has won a number of awards. The source of a great deal of controversy, even being listed at #5 on Time magazine's "10 of the Most Controversial Cartoons of All Time," the show has ballooned in popularity and has already achieved something like the reverence normally reserved for aged cult classics. All of this despite only having aired for three seasons. A recent YouTube interview with John Witherspoon, one of the voice actors, has suggested a fourth season will soon be made. The show follows the lives of its three main characters and members of the Freeman family: Huey, Riley, and Robert. Both of the brothers, Huey and Riley, are voiced by Regina King. Despite their kinship they have strikingly different personalities. Huey is highly intelligent, reasonable, and concerned with issues like social justice. Riley, on the other hand, wants to be a gangster and is absorbed in rap culture and media stereotypes. The boys' grandfather is a fairly traditional man who seeks to maintain the values of the older generations of African Americans. The three of them make up the Freeman household, and the show follows them as they live their lives, get into trouble, and make it through life together as a family. The reason the show has been so controversial is because it offers an unflinching look at contemporary social issues concerning race, social justice, media bias, corporate dominance, and much more. And it does this through the lens of a modern African American family, who explore either via themselves being near-archetypes of some stereotypes or by interacting with people who represent different stereotypes or ideological thinking the way the pop culture's representations of these things interacts with the reality. Two episodes from the second season were even banned from airing on TV, apparently due to being heavily critical of another station. The parent company of that station even threatened to sue if the two episodes were ever aired in the United States. They were, however, released on DVD. Despite all the controversy, The Boondocks has generally been very warmly received. In 2006, the show was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the NAACP Image Awards, and also won a Peabody Award. It has also been frequently praised by writers of major publications, and was named 94 on a list of the best animated series by IGN. The show is controversial, to be sure, but it's never callous or vainglorious, but rather teaches through the controversial and makes people think. The show's creator, Aaron McGruder described his goal with the show and the need to at times be over-the-top, saying "I just hope to expand the dialogue and hope the show will challenge people to think about things they wouldn't normally think about, or think about in a very different way."

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The New Black
10. The New Black
June 23, 2014
Riley gets himself in trouble when facing a gay rights group after saying a homophobic slam.
Stinkmeaner: Begun The Clone War Has
9. Stinkmeaner: Begun The Clone War Has
June 16, 2014
Stinkmeaner is back, or at least his clone is. After a fight with Granddad goes viral, Stinkmeaner turns unto an instant celebrity. And seeking revenge, Granddad's hate may cause him to be yet another clone of Stinkmeaner. Edward Asner guest stars as Ed Wuncler.
I Dream of Siri
8. I Dream of Siri
June 9, 2014
Grandpa's personal assistant program on his phone becomes obsessed with him.
Freedomland
7. Freedomland
June 2, 2014
The Freemans feel that Eddie Wuncler's new slavery theme park "Freedomland" is a little too real, when they are trapped there and forced to be slaves. Huey must find a way to free them from this situation.
Granddad Dates a Kardashian
6. Granddad Dates a Kardashian
May 26, 2014
Huey is suspicious of Grandad's new girlfriend, a long lost Kardashian sister.
Freedom Ride or Die
5. Freedom Ride or Die
May 19, 2014
Against his wishes, a young Granddad winds up a freedom rider on a trip through the South.
Early Bird Special
4. Early Bird Special
May 12, 2014
Granddad is hired by pimps at a nursing home to escort lonely ladies. But this Woodcrest Gigolo is in for a surprise when he finds that the job is not as sexy as it sounds.
Breaking Granddad
3. Breaking Granddad
May 5, 2014
The Freemans are selling an explosive hair product, but even more lethal may be the black market of the hair-care industry run by Boss Willona.
Good Times
2. Good Times
April 28, 2014
These are not "good times" for Granddad, who owen not thousands, but millions on his house to Eddie Wuncler (son of Ed Wuncler) who has some unique ideas of how Granddad can pay him back. And with Eddie appearing more like a gangster than a businessman, times are about to go downhill.
Pretty Boy Flizzy
1. Pretty Boy Flizzy
April 21, 2014
Pretty Boy Flizzy gets in trouble with the law and exchanges relationship advice for a lawyer in the Season 4 premiere.
Seasons 1 And 2
Seasons 1 And 2

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Originally a comic strip in The Diamondback, a student newspaper at the University of Maryland, The Boondocks has become one of its host network's greatest successes and has won a number of awards. The source of a great deal of controversy, even being listed at #5 on Time magazine's "10 of the Most Controversial Cartoons of All Time," the show has ballooned in popularity and has already achieved something like the reverence normally reserved for aged cult classics. All of this despite only having aired for three seasons. A recent YouTube interview with John Witherspoon, one of the voice actors, has suggested a fourth season will soon be made.

The show follows the lives of its three main characters and members of the Freeman family: Huey, Riley, and Robert. Both of the brothers, Huey and Riley, are voiced by Regina King. Despite their kinship they have strikingly different personalities. Huey is highly intelligent, reasonable, and concerned with issues like social justice. Riley, on the other hand, wants to be a gangster and is absorbed in rap culture and media stereotypes. The boys' grandfather is a fairly traditional man who seeks to maintain the values of the older generations of African Americans. The three of them make up the Freeman household, and the show follows them as they live their lives, get into trouble, and make it through life together as a family.

The reason the show has been so controversial is because it offers an unflinching look at contemporary social issues concerning race, social justice, media bias, corporate dominance, and much more. And it does this through the lens of a modern African American family, who explore either via themselves being near-archetypes of some stereotypes or by interacting with people who represent different stereotypes or ideological thinking the way the pop culture's representations of these things interacts with the reality. Two episodes from the second season were even banned from airing on TV, apparently due to being heavily critical of another station. The parent company of that station even threatened to sue if the two episodes were ever aired in the United States. They were, however, released on DVD.

Despite all the controversy, The Boondocks has generally been very warmly received. In 2006, the show was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the NAACP Image Awards, and also won a Peabody Award. It has also been frequently praised by writers of major publications, and was named 94 on a list of the best animated series by IGN. The show is controversial, to be sure, but it's never callous or vainglorious, but rather teaches through the controversial and makes people think. The show's creator, Aaron McGruder described his goal with the show and the need to at times be over-the-top, saying "I just hope to expand the dialogue and hope the show will challenge people to think about things they wouldn't normally think about, or think about in a very different way."The Boondocks is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (56 episodes). The series first aired on November 6, 2005.

Where to Watch The Boondocks

The Boondocks is available for streaming on the Adult Swim website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Boondocks on demand at HBO Max, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Adult Swim.

  • Premiere Date
    November 6, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (26,896)