10 Years After Its Premiere, The Boondocks Is Still As Relevant As Ever


“The Boondocks” is an animated television show that aired on Adult Swim from 2005 to 2014. Created by Aaron McGruder, the show tackled black issues from a critical black perspective. Beginning as a comic strip, characters Huey, Riley and Robert “Granddad” Freeman have been a vehicle for McGruder’s social commentary since 1996. The subjects he examined at the turn of the century are still as relevant now as they were back then, and viewers still have a lot to gain by watching the show today.

In the series, the Freeman family has just moved from the southside of Chicago to the predominantly white suburban neighborhood of Woodcrest in Baltimore, Maryland. There, they meet Uncle Ruckus (no relation), a black man who hates black people, and Tom DuBois, a mild-mannered black defense attorney who has a white wife and mixed daughter. Each character in the show has an important narrative role, and each character’s opinion often contradicts the others.

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