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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 do I stream The Boondocks online? The Boondocks is available for streaming on Adult Swim, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Boondocks on demand at HBO Max, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes, Adult Swim online.

Monday 10:30 PM et/pt on Adult Swim
4 Seasons, 56 Episodes
November 6, 2005
Adult Cartoon Animation & Cartoon
Cast: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough
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The Boondocks Full Episode Guide

  • Riley gets himself in trouble when facing a gay rights group after saying a homophobic slam.

  • Grandpa's personal assistant program on his phone becomes obsessed with him.

  • 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.

  • Huey is suspicious of Grandad's new girlfriend, a long lost Kardashian sister.

  • Against his wishes, a young Granddad winds up a freedom rider on a trip through the South.

  • 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.

  • Pretty Boy Flizzy gets in trouble with the law and exchanges relationship advice for a lawyer in the Season 4 premiere.

  • Huey in the main suspect of a terror attack so agent Jack Flowers is hot on the trail in order to bring law and order to the town.

  • Uncle Ruckus comes to town with his family and decides to settle business with his father.

  • When a fast food promotion crosses with a biblical plague, society is in a downward spiral. Will Huey's end-of-the-world plan survive?

  • Granddad starts using medicinal marijuana and the effects are quite balancing, which leaves Riley and Huey skeptical.

  • Granddad is in love with a black woman that is so beautiful and charming that Ruckus can't even hate her.

  • A new handyman is in town who claims he is Granddad's son, Lando. Will Granddad take responsibility?

  • Having conquered his fear of being raped in prison, Tom decides to take Huey, Riley, and other classmates to a jail. However, when a riot breaks out during their visit, Tom has to get the kids and his booty out safely.

  • Granddad gets the leading role in a play, but when the theater group turns out to be a homoerotic evangelical cult, Huey and Riley take matters into their own hands.

  • Riley takes over the candy bar hustle at school and the streets become really sweet.

  • Riley is having the time of his life doing bad things, but then his fun comes to a screeching halt.

  • Colonel Stinkmeaner has no friends or family and now three members of his old crew are back for revenge.

  • Ruckus finds his musical soul mate in famed racist country-western singer Jimmy Rebel. But can the ebony and ivory of racist music live really together in perfect harmony?

  • When the Chinese call in old debts, Wuncler is forced economically to put everything on the line for a kickball game with Woodcrest's sister city.

  • A German documentary follows the Freeman family during election and inauguration of the first Black President.

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The Boondocks: Seasons 1 And 2 Clip (00:26)