The Boondocks

Common Sense Media says

This cutting-edge cartoon is for adults only.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While each episode has a moral, it takes an entire episode of sketchy behavior to get there.

Violence

Opening sequence shows the young character pointing a handgun at the screen. Many references to children getting beaten.

Sex

Nothing explicit, but the innuendo is raunchy.

Language

Many uses of the n-word; many bleeped words.

Consumerism

More promotion of other TV shows than products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer consumption mentioned, and allusions to drug use, but nothing explicit.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this show is a cartoon, it's meant for adults, hence its place in the Adult Swim lineup on the Cartoon Network. Younger kids will miss the sociological context that is critical to understanding both the humor and the insight in this cutting-edge show. The most potentially eyebrow-raising part of the show is the language. In nearly every episode there are multiple uses of the "N" word.

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Kids say

What's the story?

The premise of THE BOONDOCKS is that 10-year-old Huey, a self-proclaimed leftist revolutionary, and 8-year-old Riley, an aspiring gangsta, have gone to live with their grandfather, \"Granddad,\" in the suburbs of Chicago. The boys, but more often Granddad, get into sticky situations, but at the end of each episode there's a moral, whether it's that a soul food diet is dangerous, or that it isn't right to lie to people, especially TV executives.

Is it any good?

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The Boondocks began as a critically acclaimed, award-winning newspaper comic strip and became so popular that it was picked up as a TV show by the Cartoon Network. It's featured in their Adult Swim line-up, as its controversial material is meant for adults only.

It's certainly not meant for everyone, and is definitely not meant for kids, but its edgy humor may appeal to many adults and older teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this is the only black cartoon on TV other than Little Bill

TV details

Cast:Cedric Yarbrough, John Witherspoon, Regina King
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous March 26, 2014
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14
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Not that controversial

I have a very strong opinion about this show. First of all, I'm black, and I use the word "nigga" sparingly. It is not a bad word with an a at the end of it and when black people use it with each other. And while it does have a lot of mature content, it's nothing that a teen hasn't already heard or experienced. LANGUAGE is NOT a PROBLEM! You are obviously not a very attentive parent if you don't notice how frequently your teens curse. I would object to the mature content. Also, I believe this show deserves a TV-14 rating. The stuff addressed in this show I usually talk about with with my friends. We laugh and joke about it. But I would let my son/daughter watch this show if they were thirteen and older.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byKnowledgeEqualsPowah January 12, 2009
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12
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Ignore the bottom reviews because they obviously didn't fully watch the show, or have an actual clue as what is truly bad.

This was a funny show that appeals to adults AND children above the age of 10 at least. The reason why I say that, is because there are millions of children who have heard curse words and/or use them, whether in front of their parents or behind their backs. This show has most of the words censored, which shouldn't make it much of a problem as far as language is concerned. There is no nudity, but there is references to anal rape("...If I drive under the influence, I could kill me, you, somebody's baby...Or worse, I could get arrested and go to jail and get anally raped") and/or homosexuality or the word "gay" which may or may not be offensive, but practically everyone knows and uses that word, and if you don't know you must not live in america. It also contains the "N bomb". Now for black audiences, which is the larger intended audience that the show was actually made for, we already know what that word is, because it's in most black teenagers or black people in general's vocabulary and in most of their dialogue anyway. The reason why the show has these words is to place realism, and to relate, or let people who watch relate, to black people as well. If you want to guard a child from even the slightest hint of anything even REMOTELY bad in your opinion, then they are going to be crippled as human beings when they grow up. If you just tip toe around racy subjects and such, then how will the child react to these things when they get older? There isn't any nudity, and if there was, it's only in the uncut episodes on DVD, so don't worry about that. The closest things to sex were the above mentioned, and dialogue about a certain type of sex, references or involvement with prostitutes and pimps. But these things are possibly already known about if your child plays things like "Grand Theft Auto" and/or watches things like pornography. All I can say is, if your child has heard curse words from you or anyone else, just tell them not to use it, and it's okay in that regard. If your child has ever looked at or seen a girl that they liked, or even knows what a butt is, then language in that regard is okay. If the words "Pimps" and "Prostitutes" and any words related to those are in your child's vocabulary(and it probably is, unless you've been living under a rock with your family), they can watch it. If the word sex is in their volcabulary, or if they have ever read hospital tracts or had sex ed classes, then the word sex, which possibly may be the only word even close to sex besides the above mentioned things are okay. If your child attends history class, hangs around black youth at school, on the internet, or anywhere else, and if your child is black, white, or mexican, then the word "negro" or "n*gga" is already heard of, and they can definately watch the show because that word is the main thing placing it in the TV-MA category. If the above things beside that word were the only problems with the series, it'd have a PG-14 rating, and 13, or if your child watches family guy, then younger, if possible.
Teen, 13 years old Written byNyema July 4, 2011
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13
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I LOVE IT!!

ok this is By far my favorite show on tv!!! im old enough not to go ooooo when a person curses so i laugh at the hilarious moments!!!!!!! ITS NOT MEANT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10 i can watch the boondocks all night and never get tired of it thats how much i love it
Teen, 15 years old Written byNathanderdethdealer July 7, 2010
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14
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Sharp, Witty, Offensive, and funny.

This show has won a Peabody Award. this show is also one of the better tv shows, due to it being an excellent sattire on the stereotypical "gangsta" and african american pop culture, be it a drunk rapper rapping during the MTV music awards our how he beat up his agent the night before, and due to him being a suspect, getting arrested. The profanity is strong and the satire is extremely sharp and, to a point, offensive, this mainly comes from the character "Uncle Ruckus" an elderly black man with a bulging eye, whom is not only self loathing but a white supremacist himself. I would watch the first episode with your son or daughter before you give the approval.

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