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The Boondocks



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.


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.

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.

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?


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

Premiere date:November 6, 2005
Cast:Cedric Yarbrough, John Witherspoon, Regina King
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byChildrenDontGrowOld January 7, 2011

a good reason to stay up late

Woah! There's a lot of young teenagers and kids that watch the Boondocks how dope is if you're parents won't let you watch this show and you have an interest in it watch it anyway, you'll learn a lot.
Teen, 16 years old Written byRufusCharlie234 June 24, 2014

Great show for mature teens

Great for teens who are aware of racial tension. A lot of language (f--k, s--t, d--k, n----r,ass, b---h), some sexual references, and a little bit of bloody violence. Huey is a good role model, because he is mostly non-violent, and can think clearly in stressful situations. There are also some drug references and some cigar smoking.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byNyema July 4, 2011


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


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