“The Boondocks” is set to return in 2020 with intense satirical content and the original creator. This animated series which is based on creator Aaron McGruder’s comic strip returned in 2014 for its fourth season without any involvement from McGruder. Many were disappointed due to the lack of influence from the show’s main creative force.
Fans have long questioned why McGruder decided to leave the show. There were all kinds of speculation and theories. Finally, McGruder himself addressed the issue on his Facebook page. Even still, he failed to directly render a solid reason for his departure. Instead, he sort of alluded to creative differences when he wrote:
As the world now knows, ‘The Boondocks’ will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created ‘The Boondocks’ two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with ‘The Boondocks’ – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, ‘Black Jesus.’
“The Boondocks” is a series which surrounds two young boys from the South Side of Chicago who has been forced into a new suburbanized lifestyle with their grandfather in Woodcrest, Illinois. Although there are many characters that have made this series the hit that it has grown to become, the three main characters are Huey Freeman, Riley Freeman and their grandfather Robert Jebediah Freeman.
The older brother, Huey, is a militant afro-centric young boy who always attempts to be the moral compass and voice of reason for the family. He is a very intelligent young man with wisdom beyond his years. Huey is an advocate for justice and is heavily influenced by various theories of social justice leaders and left-wing social movements.
He is often teased and criticized by his family members for having values and goals which supersede the culture of the area they came from. This little guy is openly contemptuous of African-Americans who are constantly portrayed for glamorizing ignorance, self-defeating lifestyles, and wasteful extravagance. Huey is a skilled martial artist who takes no mess from anyone.
Next, there is the outspoken, trouble-making younger brother Riley. He is the total opposite of his older brother. Riley follows contemporary African-American pop culture enthusiastically. He is artistically gifted, charming and like Huey, very bright. Riley is very loyal to the culture that he came from even when maintaining allegiance proves to be self-destructive.
Riley works hard to appear hardcore but often seems to leak a portion of his softer side. Although Riley is more skilled in street fighting he and his older brother make a great team when they have to work together against a common enemy.
Finally, there is the infamous granddad, Robert Jebediah Freeman, who is the legal guardian of these two young boys. Granddad often blows up with tirades of angry frustration over the way his grandsons manage to “aggravate” or upset his world. Freeman is a huge fan of the values of an African-American generation long gone. There is hardly an episode that airs when he is not threatening to “beat” his grandsons because of some scheme they have found themselves in. Even though he does not always carry his threat through to fruition he has been known to swing the belt with many successful lands on their bottoms.
Fans have long-awaited a new season and are excited to see it return with the original creator. “The Boondocks” is a spoof or satirical show based on McGruder’s view of “black reality.” He is very distinct and deliberate with his portrayal of what his experience has been. His views speak to a culture of loyal and longtime fans.
The Peabody Award-winning series “The Boondocks” is set to return in 2020. This animated series which is based on creator Aaron McGruder’s comic strip first aired in 2005. If the modernized series fails to meet the standard its fans have grown to love they, no doubt, will be certain to make their voices heard.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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