The Boondocks: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)

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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: 140

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 6, 2005

Grandpa Freeman coerces Riley and Huey to go to a high-society garden party, where things take a surprising turn. Ed Asner provides the voice of Ed Wuncler.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2005

Huey and Riley take opposite views of R. Kelly's trial.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2005

Grandpa Freeman meets a woman, but Huey and Riley harbor deep suspicions about what she does for a living.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2005

Granddad and Colonel Stinkmeaner go mano a mano.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2005

A district attorney who fits the description of a killer is arrested, leaving Huey to find the real perpetrator.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2005

Riley visits his favorite gangsta-rapper in the hospital, but discovers he's not the tough guy that Riley imagined.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2005

Huey gets to direct the school Christmas play, which he adapts as "The Adventures of Black Jesus."

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Air date: Jan 8, 2006

Riley scams two reality shows; Huey is convinced the government is watching him.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2006

Martin Luther King returns, but things in post-Sept. 11 America are very different.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2006

Grandad opens a soul-food restaurant in Woodcrest.

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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.

Critic Reviews for The Boondocks Season 1

All Critics (17) | 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…

"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…

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.

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Despite its wish to be incendiary, Boondocks seems hesitant.

Nov 6, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

An occasionally funny animated series...

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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

Nov 6, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boondocks: Season 1

  • Sep 01, 2020
    While in no way a perfect first season with the first episode failing to get me hooked I gave it a few other chances and watched through the whole season and by the end I loved it. It had some pretty weak episodes that I just could not enjoy such as its pilot Garden Party which had some funny moments surrounding Huey and his interactions with the 1% at the garden party but didn't have anything that made the show a must watch. Lets Nab Oprah and Who Called the Health Inspector also had the characters of Ed the third and his partner who I just don't enjoy watching in any episode and when they are center stage to the plot it just isn't gonna be a favorite. There are also a couple of Meh episodes that are good enough but also are less likely to re watch. Episodes like Wing men which I just don't enjoy as much as other episodes, the Trial of R Kelly which raises some good points and has one of the most insane funny and also painful scene with Adam West guest starring as R Kelley's lawyer. The Real which only is good because of Huey's interactions with the White Shadow and Guess Hoe's Not Coming to Dinner which had the standout of A Pimp Named Slickback played by Katt Williams. The season also has plenty of winner with The Itis, The Block is Hot, A Huey Freeman Christmas and of course the classic Grandads Fight. There is one episode I just could not watch and that's the finale which has heavy focus on the character of Uncle Ruckus and if you have ever seen this show you will know why. I would avoid that one unless you have the stomach for it. Apart from that the characterizations are great and also have deeper meaning if you know anything about how Aaron Mcgruder intended the characters to represent different types of real life people. My personal favorites include Jasmine and Huey but Riley isn't a bad character especially in what is most likely my favorite episode of season one Riley Wuz Here. Also check out Return of the King which is a harsh commentary on modern society in the early 2000's for black culture. There is plenty more to speak on with this show but honestly just give it a try and if you think you will like it you probably will.
  • May 30, 2020
    Quite appealing but not for all audiences
  • May 07, 2020
    Flawless animation, amazing social commentary, and most of all, thought-provoking laughs, The Boondocks cements itself as not only one of the best but also most important tv cartoons ever.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    It was funny and sick and funny!!
  • Nov 03, 2019
    It's pretty dam funny when it comes to social satire.
  • 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

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