When Aaron McGruder first created ‘The Boondocks’ comic-strip for Hitlist.com, he probably wouldn’t have imagined how far this simple project would go and what a turning point it would be for his career. The strip, steadily, found popularity and received a boost, first by getting printed in The Source and then in the Universal Press Syndicate.
After some time, McGruder decided to turn it into an adult animated series, and after a few hits and misses, the project finally landed with Adult Swim. The series first premiered on November 6, 2005, and ran for four seasons over the span of a decade.
The first three seasons received immense praise from both the critics and the audience. It never held back from using the then disposition of the country to create an effective story out of it. Several celebrities have been at the focus of it, from R. Kelly and Tyler Perry to even the Obama administration. For the exceptional work, it received a Peabody Award in 2006, among other accolades.
However, all this good name received a serious hit when Aaron McGruder didn’t return for the fourth season. He was someone that ‘The Boondocks’ couldn’t replace, and this led to a decline in the quality of its content, which ultimately led to a blemish in its reputation. The fourth season was panned by everyone, which resulted in the cancellation of the show.
The Boondocks Season 5 Release Date: Renewed or Cancelled?
‘The Boondocks’ Season 4 premiered on Adult Swim on April 21, 2014, and concluded on June 23, 2014. Known for its sharp commentary on political, social and cultural issues, it enjoys the reputation of being one of the best shows in the genre, which is why its unexpected cancellation didn’t make sense to the fans. In fact, a petition was filed by them for some other network to pick up the series. But no one paid attention, for a long time.
Some time ago, the rumours began to spread about the possible revival, with some people speculating that it had already gone into production. However, it wasn’t until John Witherspoon spilled the beans on The Joe Rogan Podcast show that the news was confirmed. It looks like the time is ripe for the series to make its much-awaited return.
“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of the Boondocks and do it over again for today. It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now- both politically and culturally- more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun,” said McGruder, while announcing the show’s return.
‘The Boondocks’ season 5 is slated to return on HBO Max in February 2020. An order for two seasons, with a total of 24 episodes, was given, along with a 55-minute special. It also marks the return of McGruder, who resumes his chair as the executive producer and the primary showrunner.
This news has excited the fans, especially with McGruder coming back. The current, volatile nature of American society gives way to a lot of promising content, and with the show back in its groove, we expect it to be nothing short of spectacular.
The Boondocks Cast: Who’s in it?
The central characters of ‘The Boondocks’ are the Freeman brothers, Huey and Riley, and their grandfather, Robert. 10-year-old Huey is the smart one, well-versed in politics and culture, while the 8-year-old Riley is the mischievous one. Both of them are voiced by the Academy Award-winning actress, Regina King.
Robert Freeman, the civil rights activist in his better days, is a grumpy grandad who loves his grandsons but is also forced to check their opinions and other misadventures. He is voiced by John Witherspoon. They receive an antagonist in the form of Uncle Ruckus, voiced by Gary Anthony Williams. Over the years, celebrities like Charlie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Quincy Jones have voiced various characters on the show.
The Boondocks Trailer
For now, there is no trailer for the fifth season. We will update this section as soon as it comes out. You can check out all the previous episodes of ‘The Boondocks’ on Hulu, and will soon be available on HBO Max. Have a look at the trailer of the fourth season to refresh your memories of the show.
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