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The Boondocks

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

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 76 reviews

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 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 that...kids if you're parents won't let you watch this show... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 15 year old Written byALunarLight April 28, 2011

Moral in a odd way

it portrays a lot of everyday life in a satirical way. the n word is used a lot but that is true to life. If you think is sets a bad example you aren't ge... Continue reading
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 vio... Continue reading
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 CHIL... 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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