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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Boondocks [Season 1] (2005)









Starring:

  • Regina King
  • John Witherspoon
  • Gary Anthony Williams
  • Cedric Yarbrough
  • Jill Talley
  • Gabby Soleil


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This is Adult Swim's most socially conscious and possibly most clever show. It's loaded with parallels to real world events. (A convenience store robbery works as a perfect metaphor for the early stages of Iraqi Freedom.) There are also heavy doses of Eastern influences, with references to Japanese cinema (Zatoichi, specifically) and action scenes comparable to what you'd normally only see in anime. The heavy dosage of quality hip hop is also refreshing. Aaron McGruder is man with good tastes, and they help to make his material so brilliant.

And yes, it is damn funny. John Witherspoon is incredible, and Regina King's voice grows on you after an episode. Also, frequent appearances by Samuel L. Jackson and Charlie Murphy as a couple of rich white boy gangstas lend an unequaled comic value to the show.

Now, onto the controversy factor.

Not to sound like a broken record, but this show is not racist. It does not lampoon black people, nor does it lampoon white people. This show specifically makes fun of just plain ignorant folks. Regardless of race. If you are a viewer who gets offended by the show, or thinks it's just an excuse for Adult Swim to prominently feature the "n-word," then you are exactly who this show is making fun of. (That's not to say that you have to like the show. If you are not offended but still do not like the show, that's your own prerogative.) I always thought that any show that always has to include a moral message must be a crappy family sitcom or kid's show. Not so in the case of Boondocks. Not to sound to preachy, but racial tensions still exist, even if the most common result is a white person being awkward and overly friendly when meeting a black person, saying things like "So, you hear the new Jay-Z?See the new Spike Lee?" This show is just what society needs.

3 comments:

lemonflag said...

Thanks, this will be fun. I caught several episodes but now I can see them all.

Melvin X said...

Great TV cartoons !
I prefer the second part of this season (like "Return Of The King", "Let's Nab Oprah" or "The Passion of Ruckus").

Too bad there's no subtitles for the second season...

RPM~ said...

I own both of these sets on DVD and let me say for those who may not know.....you WILL enjoy watching them all. Uncle Ruckus, Pops, Huey & Riley are all excellent characters and I love the voice acting.

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