The Boondocks

The Boondocks
The Boondocks
Aaron McGruder
Aaron McGruder
Huey Freeman
Huey Freeman
Riley Freeman
Riley Freeman
Regina King
Regina King
Robert Freeman
Robert Freeman
John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon
Tom DuBois
Tom DuBois
Cedric Yarbrough
Cedric Yarbrough
Sarah DuBois
Sarah DuBois
Jill Talley
Jill Talley
Jazmine DuBois
Jazmine DuBois
Gabby Soleil
Gabby Soleil

I admit it I am a cartoon girl. I remember watching them as a child and I had many different favorites. As I got older I still enjoyed cartoons watching different types of cartoons. I even watch some cartoon shows with my kids although not all of them are good and there are some that I absolutely refuse to watch. However more recently my tastes have matured. Hey there is a maturity level to watching cartoons. I have moved on from cartoons for kids to cartoon shows for adults. There are several cartoon shows that I watch on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim but my all time favorite cartoon is The Boondocks.

I became a fan of The Boondocks when it was a cartoon strip and then I was in front of the television for the first episode of the animated series. The Boondocks comic strip was created in 1996 by Aaron McGruder but actually made its national debut in 1999. I was hooked from the first strip. The animated series premiered on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2005. I knew I would love the show and I did. As a cartoon strip The Boondocks was funny and as an animated show the cartoon was ten times better.

The premise of the cartoon is a political social satire of society and stereotypes seen through an African American family. The main characters are the Freeman family; two young boys who are being raised by their grandfather. There is Ten-year-old Huey, his brother eight-year-old Riley and their Grandfather Robert Freeman. The Boondocks started causing controversy as a comic strip with its political and social views and that controversy carried over to the show and ultimately brought forth more controversial issues such as the use of the “N” word and the satire on stereotypes. This controversy led to some episodes being banned from television.

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Huey Freeman – (Voice of Regina King born January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California)

Huey is the narrator of the show at times and the most mature character even at age 10. Huey is a martial artist, a bit of a pessimist and has very strong political views.

Riley Freeman – (Voice of Regina King)

Riley is the polar opposite of his older brother Huey. As an eight-year-old Riley embodies everything that is wrong with misguided black youths. Riley is constantly getting into trouble in some way while trying to mimic popular rap culture.

Robert Granddad Freeman – (Voice of John Witherspoon born January 27, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan)

Granddad is the legal guardian of the two boys. He moves the family to the suburbs for better living. Granddad is constantly looking for a young wife especially through online social sites. Granddad is also always in conflict with the boys while trying to live the suburbia lifestyle.

OTHER CHARACTERS:

Tom Dubois – (Voice of Cedric Yarbrough born March 20, 1973 in Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Tom is the head of the Dubois family and lives across the street from the Freemans. Tom is an African American attorney that is married to a white woman and is treated as the “Uncle Tom” character since he has distanced himself from blacks.

Sarah Dubois – (Voice of Jill Talley born December 19, 1962 (1962-12-19) in Chicago Illinois)

Sarah is Tom’s white wife. Sarah pokes fun at their interracial relationship and has an easier time with it than Tom.

Jazmine Dubois – (Voice of Gabby Soleil born May 25, 1995 in Mission Viejo, California)

Jazmine is the biracial child of Tom and Sarah and is both paranoid and naïve. Both Huey and Riley make fun of Jazmine because of the way she thinks and acts.

There are several other reoccurring characters that add to the stereotypes and political views of the show some of which are rappers and pimps. The Boondocks truly pokes fun at all stereotypes and is only shown on Adult Swim late at night because of the use of language and other adult content.

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Comments 24 comments

Uninvited Writer profile image

Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Excellent hub. I love reading the Boondocks, I've never seen the tv show though.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

The show is great! You should check it out.


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Oh this is interesting. Hope I could see this too here in my place.

Sometimes we look back and asked ourselves oh did I really watch that during my younger years. But I never regretted watching the ones I did, I enjoyed it in those times and most I enjoyed until now. =)


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RooBee 7 years ago from Here

I have been reading the strip for years in my local 'alternative' newspaper and have been staying up late to catch the show on Adult Swim ever since I found out it was on. I love the actors they have for the voices, too.

Honestly, an entire poli-sci course cirriculum could be put together based on the commentary going on in Boondocks. Plus, its hilarious.

Great contribution to the HubMob.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I'm going to have to look for it when I regain control of the TV.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Charia - Me too I love the cartoons I used to watch. There are some out now that I really don't like but for the most part there are some really good cartoons then and now.

RooBee - I love the political and social satire of the show and I am sure that they could do a class on the comic strip and show. I would enjoy a class like that.

GT - Come on man up take that damn remote!!!


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

I've never heard of the Boondocks, TM. Well, except for when the term is used to describe where I live.

Cartoons around here are limited to Spongebob, Backyardigans, Tom and Jerry and Looney Toons. The 4 year old is a whiz with the remotes, leaving my only opportunity for TV to late night stuff. And I just can't handle that 'Family Man' stuff.

I'll have to search for it on the guide and check it out.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

LM - If you don't like Family Guy you might want to stay away from Boondocks. lol. But I say check it out I love it.


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Wyldflow3r 7 years ago

I love the Boondocks, in fact, I am the grown up female version of Huey!!! Maybe you can answer this for me.... Where are their parents?


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Lol Wyldflow3r I love Huey! I thought I remember hearing on one of the shows that their parents died and Grandpa is taking care of them.


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intogadget 7 years ago

love the boondocks,great show intelligent writing, and excellent social commentary,raises the bar on every other show out, personally i dont like the direction of season 2 from the episodes ive seen but kudos to aaron for originality


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

intogadget - Thank you for your comments. I am looking forward to more episodes and can totally understand how you feel about the second season. We will see what happens.


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whoflungdung 6 years ago from London, England

Wyldflow3r, in the first episode Grandad tells the boys, "I spent your inheritance on this fine house to move you out of the hood and give you a new life." or something to that effect so it suggests they are orphaned in the care of the guardian grandad.

Triplet Mom - nice hub I like it. I am doing my own boondocks hub and was doing some research to ensure that I am not copying or recreating anything in terms of content. I like yours, thanks.


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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

whoflungdung - Thanks for checking this hub out. I cannot wait for the new season of Boondocks to come out. I hope it will be soon.


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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

MrDSpade - Thank you very much. I love the Boondocks so much I am currently watching reruns over and over until the next season comes out!!


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Awesome! I thought I was already following you. A bunch of guys got me into this show a couple of years ago. It was hilarious, I haven't seen this thing in over a year, but funny in a, please don't tell anyone that I am watching this way. Great hub


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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

ahostagesituation - You have to catch the new season. It is still as funny as ever!!


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danlaw 6 years ago from ATL, GA

simply the greatest cartoon series of all time, period.


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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

Danlaw. Agreed!


RobGems.ca 6 years ago

10/10/10

Regarding Huey's Politically correct Demeanor In this cartoon,why does he feel it's Neccessary To Make fun Of Jazmine Simply Because She's half Black,half-white? she's probably Sterotyped by Some as one those Types Offenively Described As an "oreo". I Heard that insult a lot as A Kid in high schoo, as well as other Degrading Name-callings,& Feel that Huey is not as Enlightened as he think he is. If He Is, He should Correct Himself On the Feelings of other White/Black kids Next time around He thinks of Making fun of her; Look between the lines; The Uppity of certain people is not always as it seems.


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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you for your comments RobGems! I can see how this might be confusing to some. You have to remember that enlightenment and racism are two very different things. So although Huey is enlightened he can still have that underlying racist view that whites and blacks should not mix. Having been called "oreo" and other names all my life I can see why Huey's name calling and remarks toward Jasmine can hit a nerve with some.


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

i am not much of a cartoon girl, but i enjoy this one. i am always looking forward to what they will come up with next on this one. great hub


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Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you smcopywrite! I love Boondocks. Always keeps me laughing!


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Miller2232 3 years ago from Florida

Love watching The Boondocks, can't help but watch it when it comes on. Its that hysterical.

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