The Boondocks (2005)

082310_1042_TheBoondock1    The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network’s late night programming block, Adult Swim. The series premiered on November 6, 2005, and was created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder’s comic strip of the same name. The show begins with a black family, the Freemans, having moved from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, to the fictional, peaceful and mostly white suburb of Woodcrest.  The perspective offered by this mixture of cultures, lifestyles, social classes, stereotypes, viewpoints and races provides for much of the satire, comedy, and conflict in this series.  There have been a total of 45 episodes over the course of the show’s first three seasons, with the fourth season set to premiere on April 21, 2014. The fourth season will be the show’s final season. The series has been released at a gradual pace, with a multiyear gap between seasons.  Its main characters are:  Huey Freeman, the moral compass of the family and a young boy intelligent beyond his years, Riley Freeman, Huey’s trouble-making younger brother enthusiastic about contemporary African American Culture, and Robert Jebediah Freeman, the angry grandfather who is the guardian of the two boys.  The show has received an influx of criticism for its unapologetic and unpopular takes on various social issues.  It relates to our ongoing discussion because it is a show which is sometimes critical of the highly stereotyped issues that are present in society.  It even had a run in with B.E.T. for its depiction of the company which led to threats of legal action from Viacom, B.E.T.’s parent company.


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