By Elisabeth Chaney,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
This cutting-edge cartoon is for adults only.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While each episode has a moral, it takes an entire episode of sketchy behavior to get there.
Violence & Scariness
Opening sequence shows the young character pointing a handgun at the screen. Many references to children getting beaten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing explicit, but the innuendo is raunchy.
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Many uses of the n-word; many bleeped words.
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Products & Purchases
More promotion of other TV shows than products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer consumption mentioned, and allusions to drug use, but nothing explicit.
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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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Based on 22 parent reviews
Really good educational show.
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alright if you are able to handle it.
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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?
- Premiere date: November 6, 2005
- Cast: Cedric Yarbrough, John Witherspoon, Regina King
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: March 1, 2022
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