The Boondocks

TV review by
Elisabeth Chaney, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
This cutting-edge cartoon is for adults only.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 94 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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


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


Nothing explicit, but the innuendo is raunchy.


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


More promotion of other TV shows than products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPoe.dameron March 22, 2019

Very good

This show suitable for all teens and this show should be rated 10+
Adult Written byclarence August 4, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byMetropolisforever December 7, 2009

Edgy, Smart, Intelligent Satire; For Mature (and Socially-Aware) Viewers

The Boondocks is a sharp, biting, culturally-relevant satire following the exploits of young, socially-aware Freedom Fighter Huey Freeman (he reminds me of myse... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byreds1999 August 30, 2014

Boondocks is the best show ever.

The Boondocks is a pretty good cartoon! Great characters. Awesome art style. Amazing fight scenes. Wonderful humor. And great episodes. But, Boondocks is for ad... Continue reading

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.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationships in The Boondocks. How do the brothers relate to each other even though they have very different points of view about the world? 

  • Families can also talk about social commentary on TV. How does this series address complex issues like race, family, and justice? What other series can you think of that also tackle these topics? 

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