Aaron McGruder created The Boondocks, an unproduced American adult animation sitcom loosely based on his comic strip of the same name. It was originally planned by Sony Pictures Animation to serve as the second television series based on the comic, following the 2005–2014 TV series that aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block for four seasons. The show was supposed to launch on HBO Max, but development never got off the ground.
Release Date of Season 5 of The Boondocks
For four seasons and 55 episodes, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim aired the original Boondocks, which started on November 6, 2005 and ended on June 23, 2014. Beginning in March of that year, McGruder took a six-month break from the strip for its debut season. The syndicate, Universal Press Syndicate, announced that the strip had been cancelled in November of that year. The fourth season of the show did not include McGruder’s involvement. In the words of Adult Swim, “a mutually agreeable production timetable could not be determined”.
Former supervising director Seung Eun Kim lent a hand to McGruder when he relaunched the comic strip on Instagram on February 6th, 2019. Charlamagne tha God uploaded a series of one-shots on Instagram. On Joe Rogan’s 1305th episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, which aired on May 29, 2019, voice actor John Witherspoon revealed that the show would be returning.
It’s unclear how the show will continue after Witherspoon’s death on October 29, 2019. On June 12, 2019, Sony Pictures Animation stated that it would work with Sony Pictures Television on a “reimagining” of The Boondocks for Annecy 2019.
On September 18, 2019, WarnerMedia’s then-upcoming streaming service HBO Max announced that the revival had been picked up with a two-season order. McGruder, Norm Aladjem, Seung Kim, and Meghann Collins Robertson, along with Mainstay Entertainment’s Norm Aladjem and Seung Kim, have all been touted as returning as showrunners and executive producers. There would have been a 50-minute special to kick off the show’s run. The number of episodes in a season was determined to be twelve.
It was announced on February 3, 2022, that the series had been cancelled. Although Sony was reportedly considering other options, this has not been confirmed.
The Cast of The Boondocks
The good news is that McGruder will be back in charge of the show. He had skipped the fourth and last season of the original “The Boondocks” TV programme, issuing a statement on Facebook (through Shadow and Act) that was vague as to why he was departing. “To this point, The Boondocks very much symbolises my life’s labour,” he wrote.
“Huey, Riley, and Granddad are more than simply possessions to me. They are my made-up blood relatives. Nothing hurts more than leaving them behind. ‘Hollywood is a business,’ said a magnificent white man. ‘Don’t harbor grudges,’ says another great white man.” According to IGN, the disagreement arose because of production schedule concerns.
Because this is a reinvention, you can definitely expect a completely new cast.
In the original series, Regina King played both Riley and Huey, while John Witherspoon played Granddad and Gary Anthony Williams played Uncle Ruckus. In fact, it was Witherspoon who broke the news of the comeback of “The Boondocks” during an interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience” in May 2019, which sparked speculation about whether he would be involved with the new series. However, he died later that year, thus he will be unable to resume his role.
What is the plot of the reboot of The Boondocks?
Riley, Huey, and Granddad settle in the Woodcrest suburb when Granddad becomes the boys’ legal guardian in the original “The Boondocks.” They are fighting the regulations imposed by Uncle Ruckus and his neo-fascist community administration there.
The anime- and manga-inspired style of the series is updated in this reimagining, but the premise appears to remain the same – Granddad and kids move to a Maryland suburb and fight to survive under Uncle Ruckus’ odd authority. Essentially, imagine a comparable story that is updated with the kinds of contemporary events that the first series anticipated.
“There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return the universe of ‘The Boondocks’ and redo it for today,” McGruder told Deadline in 2019. “It’s incredible how different our circumstances are now — both politically and culturally — more than a decade after the initial series and two decades after the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say, and it should be entertaining.”
If you wish to watch the original series before the reboot, “The Boondocks” is currently accessible in its entirety on HBO Max.