‘The Boondocks’ Premieres May 2nd, Promo Clip Inside

By Allen Starbury  |  04/30/2010

The BoondocksThe award-winning animated series based on Aaron McGruder's comic strip, The Boondocks, returns with all new episodes ... and it's all begins on Sunday (May 2) on Adult Swim.

Since the debut of the first season in 2005, the show has been one of Adult Swim's most popular original series. In 2007, the envelope-pushing series was recognized with the prestigious Peabody Award for the episode McGruder wrote titled, "Return of the King," in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awakens from a coma and reacts to contemporary phenomena from gangsta rap to the war on terror. In 2005, the series was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of "Outstanding Comedy Series."

In The Boondocks, Robert "Granddad" Freeman is the legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids and has moved them from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of "The Boondocks" (in this case, suburban Woodcrest), hoping that he can ignore them altogether and enjoy the golden years of his life in peace. But Huey, a 10-year-old left wing revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia. This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud product of contemporary rap culture. Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, they are no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by "crazy-ass-old-black-man" standards.

Regina King (Southland, Ray) voices brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, the two characters central to the series, while John Witherspoon (Friday After Next) voices Robert Jebediah Freeman aka "Granddad," the boys' cantankerous grandfather. Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!), Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal), Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation) and Jill Talley (Camp Lazlo) round out the show's principal cast. In season three, guest characters are voiced by an eclectic mix of hip-hop artists, actors and media personalities, including Bill Maher, Werner Herzog, Ed Asner, Billy Dee Williams, Star Jones and Marion Ross.
Aaron McGruder, who created the series, serves as executive producer with Rodney Barnes . The Boondocks is produced by Rebel Base in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The premiere episode of the new season airs at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Sunday, May 2nd on Adult Swim.