The Boondocks, Season 1
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When Robert "Granddad" Freeman becomes legal guardian to his two grandsons, he moves from the tough south side of Chicago to the upscale neighborhood of Woodcrest (a.k.a. "The Boondocks") so he can enjoy his golden years in safety and comfort. But with Huey, a 10-year-old leftist revolutionary, and his eight-year-old misfit brother, Riley, suburbia is about to be shaken up. Race relations, tabloid media, hip-hop culture, Santa Claus . . . nothing and no one is safe from these boyz 'n tha 'hood.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Garden Party||To improve his grandsons' behavior and help them cope with living in a world that can be hostile to blacks, Granddad looks for a way to school Riley and Huey in the ways of the white supremacist power structure. Though both boys are very skeptical, Granddad gets just the opportunity he's been seeking when bank president Ed Wuncler drops by the house to assess the Freeman's suitability to live in his exclusive, and largely white, neighborhood. And once Granddad and the kids get his seal of approval, Ed invites them to a party to celebrate his grandson's return from the war in Iraq.||19:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Trial of Robert Kelly||With the approach of singer R. Kelly's trial for inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor, Riley and Huey find themselves on opposite sides of the case being prosecuted by their friend, District Attorney Thomas DuBois. For Huey, the R&B superstar's lewd acts are fair game for prosecution. Yet, seeing the prosecution as an unfair attack, Riley decides to go to the trial and join the singer's fans, who are protesting outside the courthouse. And as Granddad waits patiently for the boys to return, Uncle Ruckus makes it clear just how little he thinks of R. Kelly and his ilk.||20:24||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoGuess Hoe's Coming to Dinner||As Riley and Huey ponder just what line has to be crossed in order for a woman to be a full-fledged hooker, Cristal successfully avoids telling Granddad the truth about her occupation as she gets him to agree to let her move in. And though she's able to keep Granddad in the dark, when it comes to Huey and Riley, Cristal makes no bones about the fact that she's employed in the sex trade. However, even when his grandsons decide to reveal the truth about his sexy young girlfriend's profession, Granddad refuses to believe it.||20:45||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoGranddad's Fight||Having defined a "Nigga Moment" as; when ignorance overwhelms the mind of an otherwise logical Negro male. Huey and his brother are forced to watch as just such a moment overtakes their grandfather. After protesting when seventy-three-year-old Colonel H. Stinkmeaner runs into his car, Granddad accepts the old man's challenge to a fight. However, after he is bested by Stinkmeaner, Granddad faces some harsh criticism from the boys when they point out that the old man is blind.||20:54||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Date With the Health Inspector||District Attorney and law-abiding citizen Tom DuBois fits the description of the elusive "X-Box Killer"and is arrested. Huey has to find the real killer, before Tom is shipped off to "real" prison where he will most assuredly be anally raped.||19:57||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Story of Gangstalicious||Following several very prominent public run-ins that have thrust their battle into the public eye, Riley is just one of the many fans who are anxiously awaiting the latest news in the ongoing feud between urban gangsta rapper Gangstalicious and his Southern counterpart, Eat Dirt. Hearing that Gangstalicious has been shot during a concert, Riley asks Granddad for permission to visit the fallen rap star. Refusing to take no for an answer, he first tries getting hurt himself so that he can be admitted to the hospital, too, before tricking Granddad into sending him on an errand to the store. Yet, despite explicit instructions not to visit the injured rapper, Riley takes a detour to Woodcrest Memorial Hospital.||21:03||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoA Huey Freeman Christmas||As a leader in the United Church of Santa, no one is more excited about the arrival of Christmas, and Santa Claus -- than Jazmine. However, her excitement turns to horror when, while she's at the Woodcrest Mall to celebrate his arrival, Santa is attacked by an assailant who turns out to be none other than Riley Freeman. His identity as the Santa Stalker still secret, Riley then writes a threatening letter to Santa, complaining about having not been given the fancy car wheels he asked for.||20:39||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Real||In an effort to capitalize on Granddad's embarrassing sunglasses, Riley claims that he is blind when he contacts Pimp My Ride to ask that the show's host, Xzibit, do something to improve their family's car, Dorothy. When Xzibit takes the bait and shows up to work on the ailing junker, Riley employs a series of clever diversions to keep Granddad in the dark and prevent the show's host from learning that the old man can really see. However, after Granddad learns the truth, the prospect of getting some much-needed repairs for Dorothy prompts him to play along with Riley's lie. Meanwhile, Huey's disgust with the deception attracts the interest of a phantom who calls himself the White Shadow.||20:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoReturn of the King||In Huey's dream, instead of being killed by a gunshot in 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fell into a coma and then woke up thirty-two years later in time to be turned away at the polls when he tries to vote in the 2000 presidential election. His mythic stature seemingly insured, Dr. King is greeted as a hero and offered lucrative book and movie deals to chronicle his life. However, after he asks that Americans show compassion by turning the other cheek following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, King's legend crumbles, making him a pariah in the public eye.||21:13||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Itis||Following one of Granddad's legendary soul food dinners, the Freeman family's friends happily pass out after the rich and fatty food causes them to be struck with what is called "The Itis." Listening to Granddad recount a dream about owning a restaurant filled with beds where diners could fall asleep after eating, banker and neighbor Ed Wuncler invites him to look at a health food restaurant he owns with an eye towards making a change. And after complaining about the politically liberal clientele that the Frutorium attracts, Ed fires nearly everyone on the staff before setting Granddad up in a restaurant they call the Itis.||18:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoLet's Nab Oprah||Huey (Regina King) has to stop Riley (Regina King) and a small gang of misfit idiots from nabbing the talk show deity, Oprah.||21:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoRiley Was Here||Riley's affinity for graffiti goes too far when neighbors wake up to giant murals on their homes. Maybe a sweet-natured, psycho war vet art teacher can help reel him in.||21:38||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoWingmen||When word arrives that his old friend Mo Jackson has died, Granddad and the boys embark on a trip back home to Chicago for the funeral. During the plane ride, Granddad recounts how, as young fighter pilots during World War II, he and Mo competed head to head with each other as they fought the Nazis. When Huey points out that he doesn't seem to be very sad over his old friend's passing, Granddad notes that Mo was disloyal and did something that could never be forgiven. But once they arrive back in their old neighborhood, Granddad is stunned to discover that, along with what he's being given in the will; Mo has left specific instructions for him to deliver the eulogy as his ashes are placed into Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, Huey is upset to learn that his best friend back in Chicago, Cairo, has ditched him for someone new.||20:45||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Block Is Hot||An unseasonable February heat wave that's settled over Woodcrest has tempers flaring on Timid Deer Lane. When Riley opens a fire hydrant and invites all of his neighbors to join him, Uncle Ruckus threatens to call the police. But when Ruckus hops in his truck to look for help, he's set upon by three police cruisers and fired upon by their all-too-edgy cops. As the police and news crews investigate the shooting, Jazmine sets up a lemonade stand where, unbowed by the heat, Huey tries to convince the customers of a conspiracy to wipe out the black community.||21:16||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Passion of Reverend Ruckus||After learning that he has a cancerous tumor and only six months to live, Uncle Ruckus has a vision of a heaven where the white man is king. Told that he can live in White Heaven if he renounces his blackness, Ruckus sets out to demonstrate his newfound piety. And though Granddad doesn't want to hear any of it, Tom begins to wonder if Ruckus might be onto something. Meanwhile, Huey is committed to stopping the execution of Black activist Ahmad Shabazz who was sentenced to death for the 1970 shooting of a police officer, despite the fact that there was nothing connecting him to the crime. But when he can't persuade the governor to stay the execution, Huey devises an elaborate scheme he dubs Operation Black Steel to break the condemned man out of prison and then seek asylum in Cuba.||21:20||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||VideoBehind the Scenes Making of Season One of the Boondocks||From strip to screen, see how creator/executive producer Aaron McGruder took the controversial comic strip from the newspaper to television in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of season one.||20:40||Season Only||View In iTunes|
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A Brilliant Show, Not to Be Missed.
Finally, it's arrived. The Boondocks. It's a great show, but let me tell you who it's NOT for: 1. Racists 2. Imbeciles 3. Overly Sensitive People 4. People with no sense of humor 5. People who despise thinking to any real degree 6. People who love to call black people racist 7. People who love to complain 8. People who love High School Musical and Twilight 9. People who love to talk but hate to explain 10. People who only give the show a few minutes' chance before condemning it to the foul pits of hell...and then proceeding to watch reality television. Honestly, this show is an outlet for the expression of an intelligent group of people who have found a way to both embrace and criticize various topics relevant to society in general, they've merely approached it with a bold sense of humor. From "The Trail of Robert Kelly", parodying celebrity worship/voluntary idiocy, to the genuinely moving and meaningful, "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus", The Boondocks solidifies itself as a rare thing indeed: an intelligent African-American comedy, something entirely separate from the minstrel show-esque, "House of Payne". Give the show a chance. For newcomers, I recommend the following: "A Huey Freeman Christmas", "The Real", "Return of the King", "Wingmen", and "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus". Enjoy the laughter and the insight.
Racism isn't about calling other people names. It's about ignorance and arrogance. It's about thought without reason, acts without rationale, humans without humanity. Aaron McGruder goes to great lengths to keep this show balanced while never pulling a punch or missing an opportunity to point out some of the ridiculous behavior our society performs, is forced to endure, and at times, fosters. I've read his strip for years and watched the show since its premiere. Every episode has a message, like a sub-urban Aesop's Fables. Sometimes that message appears sugar-coated to help ease its reception. Sometimes it appears in a stark, cold contrast to your preconceptions about the world around you. To be able to roll all that into 22 minutes of brilliant animation and still keep the theme enticing is a daunting task that McGruder masterfully achieves. His writing is more than proficient and his eye for production and design in this animated series disclose the depth of his creativity that we weren't always able to grasp in a 4-pane comic.
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"The Boondocks" is a tremendously funny, "no holds barred" TV series that addresses issues of race, racism and race relations via the personal relationships between and among its characters. It is definitely not politically correct and some might even be offended by its biting satire and well deserved "shots" at white and black culture. Still, while I find the show to be "roll on the floor" funny, there are very poignant moments that have produced a lump in my throat (See "Return of the King", an amazing episode that is truly "must see TV" and the series’ finest moment to date. Another classic episode from Season 1 is "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus"). I am thrilled that the show is now available through iTunes. I have been a fan of The Boondocks" comic strip and books for years and was concerned that the characters might be "watered down" for TV; however, my fears were unfounded as creator Aaron McGruder has maintained the comics relentless and irreverent tone (although I have found that the TV show is not as overtly political as the comic strip, which rivals "Doonesbury in its humorous assessment of American politics). Although "Chappelle's Show" and "Chocolate News" have effectively satirized racial issues, neither of these series has done so as boldly or adroitly as “The Boondocks”. Absolutely brilliant!!!