The Boondocks: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)

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The Boondocks

Critics Consensus

The Boondocks succeeds in unsettling viewers, but its controversial humor and biting tone won't sit well with everyone.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 118
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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 6, 2005
2
Air date: Nov 13, 2005
3
Air date: Nov 20, 2005
4
Air date: Nov 27, 2005
5
Air date: Dec 4, 2005
6
Air date: Dec 11, 2005
7
Air date: Dec 18, 2005
8
Air date: Jan 8, 2006
9
Air date: Jan 15, 2006
10
Air date: Jan 22, 2006
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Tv Season Info

Season 1 of Aaron McGruder's oft-controversial social satire follows the animated adventures of two preadolescent African-American brothers trying to adjust to life in a Maryland suburb after moving from Chicago's inner city. Budding activist Huey Freeman and his mischievous younger brother Riley discover they don't meet eye to eye with many of their new neighbors and classmates. Meanwhile, their cantankerous grandfather and new guardian Robert Jebediah Freeman would rather lead a peaceful existence than take on the role of parent once again . The series, based on the comic strip of the same name, garnered a Peabody its inaugural season for an episode about Martin Luther King Jr. ("The Return of the King"). Other episode highlights include a plot to kidnap Oprah Winfrey headed up by Riley and a media-hyped fight between Robert and an old blind man. The regular voice cast features Regina King, John Witherspoon and Cedric Yarbrough. Season 1 guest voices include Ed Asner, Adam West, Quincy Jones, Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps.

Cast

Regina King
as Huey Freeman/Riley Freeman
John Witherspoon
as Robert Jebediah Freeman aka Grandad
Cedric Yarbrough
as Tom DuBois
Gabby Soleil
as Jazmine DuBois
Gary Anthony Williams
as Uncle Ruckus
Jill Talley
as Sarah DuBois
Edward Asner
as Ed Wuncler
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Critic Reviews for The Boondocks Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

"The Boondocks" took a lot of big swings worth admiring, and in the realm of animation represented a very, very underheard point-of-view.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The first episode of the new series, is the television equivalent of a slap upside the head.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

I don't think there is enough Botox in the world to keep me watching and wincing and still keeping it together. I'll tune out.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

McGruder has brilliantly set his tone, and there's no looking back.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

It turns out you can be controversial without being the least bit interesting.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

"The Boondocks" is filled with crassness and non sequiturs but proves too self-consciously biting to get under anyone's skin -- regardless of its color -- beyond the least-demanding realm of the young-male demo.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…
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The Boondocks produces more uneasiness than chuckles.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

There's a clunkiness to the pacing of this new Boondocks incarnation.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

For pulling off brilliant, unsettling moments, "The Boondocks" deserves a standing ovation.

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

Its edgy humor may appeal to many adults and older teens.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An occasionally funny animated series...

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A very political comic, and many of its most powerful moments come from immediate comments on current issues. Due to the lengthy process of animating a show, McGruder and the other producers had to pull that back a bit.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boondocks: Season 1

  • Nov 03, 2019
    The Boondocks, is the best fucking show on the planet. No if's, and's, or but's.
  • Aug 12, 2018
    The Boondocks is not afraid to address uncomfortable themes, and with some episodes stemming on ridiculousness, it had me in tears for some episodes. The character developtment is subtle, but when seen in Huey or Riley, is a real series of bildungsroman.
  • May 19, 2018
    This show is one of the greatest and most message sending shows in adult animation. By far one of the things I binge watch nightly. Season one is a great episode that introduces the characters and makes fun of certain topics at that time. My only nitpick is that eventually the two main characters slightly drag their character in some episodes. This was later changed, and it can be excused as it was used as a comedic effect.
  • Feb 09, 2018
    The Boondocks' characters are extremely unlikable and partial to full-blown instances of being villain protagonists what given two very violent, always angry and poorly behaved kids along with their babbling idiotic, selfish, geriatric grandfather, the boomerang bigot Uncle Ruckus, a chickenshit lawyer and greedy tycoon Ed Wuncler I. Therefore, it's hard to actually pick a favorite character out of them but you'll enjoy the series if you see joy in these characters hard at work destroying each other.
  • Jun 16, 2017
    The critics who rated this poorly are triggered middle-class white people whose opinions are entirely irrelevant to the quality of this show.
  • Nov 28, 2016
    Hmm It's so boring. No thanks
  • Jan 30, 2016
    worst case scenario.
  • Aug 18, 2015
    While its delivery is far from tame, The Boondocks fails to construct likable characters, settling for a stereotypically ghetto tone and dialogues.
  • Apr 20, 2015
    Why do critics even exist? This show is hilarious. Seasons 1-3 were amazing. The 4th wasn't so funny.
  • Mar 17, 2015
    The Boondocks has a keen sense of satire and humor consistently funny, making it a fine choice for adult entertainment.

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