The Boondocks: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)



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


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Air date: Nov 6, 2005
Air date: Nov 13, 2005
Air date: Nov 20, 2005
Air date: Nov 27, 2005
Air date: Dec 4, 2005
Air date: Dec 11, 2005
Air date: Dec 18, 2005
Air date: Jan 8, 2006
Air date: Jan 15, 2006
Air date: Jan 22, 2006
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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.


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 (15) | Top Critics (13)

"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 Boondocks produces more uneasiness than chuckles.

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…

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…

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

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

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

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