Awesome: The Boondocks

  • In the seventh episode of Season 2 ("Shinin"), Riley gets his Lethal Interjection chain stolen by local bully Butch Magnus Milosevic. Butch is far bigger and stronger than Riley, has a crew of his own, and is implied to be known for doing what he wants since no one his age can beat him in a fight. Riley not only IMMEDIATELY confronts Butch and challenges him to a fight for stealing his chain, but he INITIATES the fight by calling him "Bitch Magnus." He then shows an impressive ability to dodge Butch's punches, although Butch's size and strength advantage eventually catches up to Riley. He may have lost (and handily at that), but anyone who says Riley didn't go down like a G is lying; he didn't stop until he literally couldn't get up (at one point spitting blood out of his mouth and rushing back in to get more), and finished the fight calling Butch a bitch (again), even as he was getting his ass handed to him.
    • His OWN age?! Butch beat the crap out of a full grown infantry drill instructor and broke the leg of one of the other members of Lethal Interjection - a kid his own age wouldnt stand a chance no matter how badass he was. Riley standing up to this ogre is nothing short of balls the size of Jupiter.
  • Tom of all people gets one in "Tom, Sarah and Usher". Sarah meets Usher, falls in love, then kicks Tom out of the house, who then stays with Huey's family. They call in A Pimp Named Slickback to help him. Tom goes to the place Sarah is meeting Usher and he then calls her a bitch, tells her to get her ass in the car, and, instead of pimp-smacking her like A Pimp Named Slickback had been telling him to, he bitch-slaps Usher. But this moment is short-lived because it turns out that Sarah wasn't having an affair, while Usher and his bodyguards retaliate by beating Tom in front of his wife and daughter.
  • Uncle Ruckus' (No Relation) song in "The Garden Party".
  • Uncle Ruckus' racial-slur laced (more so than usual, and with a far greater variety) tirade about the "n-word" in "The S-Word".
  • Huey's monologue in "The Trial Of Robert Kelly"
    Huey: What the hell is wrong with you people? Every famous nigga that gets arrested is not Nelson Mandela. Yes, the government conspires to put a lot of innocent men in jail off of fallacious charges. But R. Kelly is not one of those men. We all know the nigga can sing, but what happened to standards? What happened to bare minimums? You a fan of R. Kelly? You wanna help R. Kelly? Then get some counseling for R. Kelly. Introduce him to some older women. Hide his camcorder, but don't pretend like the man is a hero.
    *Huey leaves... then immediately comes back.*
    Huey: And stop the damn dancing! Act like you got some goddamn sense, people! Damn. Done playing around here.
  • Robert stopping A Pimp Named Slickback's hand with his belt in "Guess Hoe's Coming To Dinner". Who'd have thought Robert would have a Big Damn Heroes moment?
    Granddad: You ain' gonna hit no woman in my house!
    A Pimp Named Slickback: What woman, sir? This here's a hoe!
    Granddad: Not in this house, she's not.
  • The blind nigga samurai in Huey's dream in "Grandad's Fight".
  • Ed Wuncler III & Gin Rummy in "A Date With The Health Inspector", because Evil Is Cool.
  • Series creator & Writer Aaron McGruder putting the gay in gayngster in "The Story Of Gangstalicious" and "The Story Of Gangstalicious, Part 2", thus exposing the rap industry's hypocrisy.
  • Huey's teacher putting on Huey's play, exactly as he had written it, in "A Huey Freeman Christmas". He gets fired, of course... but then he gets a new job, filling the heads of college students with incorrect cultural sensitivity. So even though he's a typical Boondocks "clueless well-intentioned white idiot," he gets some good karma for doing the right thing.
  • Huey mind screwing the viewers in "The Real".
  • Ed Wuncler's Batman Gambit in "The Itis".
  • Huey in "Let's Nab Oprah" making the Black Power Fist & fighting an afro samurai.
  • Riley's teacher and his Crazy Awesome antics in "Riley Wuz Here" - culminating in an Intergenerational Friendship, Riley's first true art, and a police chase with Soundtrack Dissonance.
  • Uncle Ruckus dodging over a hundred bullets in "The Block Is Hot" and still apologizing to the police for causing this 'misunderstanding'.
  • The awesome freeze frame of Huey and Uncle Ruckus at the end of "... Or Die Trying".
  • Tom smacking Usher at the end of "Tom, Sarah, And Usher"... after A Pimp Called Slickback told Tom to "hit the bitch".
  • It's implied that Luna had gotten back at every man who had abused her, going by her expression and what she said. There's also the moments where she's proven her to be a Badass.
  • Ed Wuncler III & Gin Rummy stealing Riley's bike at the end of "Thank You For Not Snitching".
  • Stinkmeaner being proclaimed "... the meanest motherfucker that Hell had ever seen." and then calling the devil himself a "BITCH-ASS NYUKKA!!!" in "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back".
  • The three-on-one fight involving Huey, Robert and Riley versus Stinkmeaner possessing Tom.
  • Thugnificent recording "Eff Grandad" in "The Story Of Thugnificent".
  • The autistic kid at the end of "Ballin'".
  • Huey and Riley's epic BB gunfight in "Home Alone".
  • Robert's and Uncle Ruckus' versions of "The Story Of Catcher Freeman". Robert tells it as if Catcher was The Cape; Uncle Ruckus (to Riley's glee) tells it more like Catcher was the 'missing link'.
  • In the Alternate Universe episode "Return Of The King", Martin Luther King Jr. is shot... but spends thirty-two years in a coma and re-awakens in 2000. He finds himself disgusted with modern African-American culture, particularly things like BET and Soul Plane. He decides to have a public event to address his concerns, but it is hijacked by an urban promotion firm and turned into a wild party, complete with rap music and fights. After attempting to get the crowd's attention, he finally shouts out the one thing that will make them listen.
    *crowd goes completely silent, in a state of shock*
    Person in crowd: Did he just say what I think he said?
    Martin Luther King Jr.: Is this it? This is what I got all those ass-whoopings for? I had a dream once. It was a dream that little black boys and little black girls would drink from the river of prosperity, freed from the thirst of oppression. But lo' and behold, some four decades later, what have I found but a bunch of trifling, shiftless, good-for-nothing niggas. And I know you some of you don't want to hear me say that word — it's the ugliest word in the English language. But that's what I see now — niggas. And you don't want to be a nigga. Because niggas are living contradictions. Niggas are full of unfulfilled ambitions. Niggas wax and wane. Niggas love to complain. Niggas love to hear themselves talk but hate to explain. Niggas love being another man's judge and jury. Niggas procrastinate until it's time to worry. Niggas love to be late. Niggas hate to hurry! [...] Black Entertainment Television is the worst thing I've ever seen in my life! [...] Usher, Michael Jackson is NOT a genre of music! [...] And now I'd like to talk about Soul Plane''. [...] I've seen what's around the corner. I've seen what's over the horizon and I promise you, you niggas have nothing to celebrate! And no, I won't get there with you. I'm going to Canada.
    • As a bonus awesome moment, this episode won a Peabody Award, due in no small part to the above tirade.
  • "The Passion Of Uncle Ruckus":
    • Huey, who had been portrayed as an atheist the entire episode finally breaks down upon the realization that he's only a kid who can't do everything. With nowhere else to turn, he breaks down and prays:
      Huey: I've never prayed before. I don't even know who I'm praying to. I may be too young to know what the world is supposed to be, but it's not supposed to be this. It can't be this. So please...
    • Ruckus giving a passionate racist speech during a lightning storm.
      Uncle Ruckus: Now let us pray. Lord, I have spent my whole life hatin' you for makin' me black. And now I see I must hate myself and all those like me, and cause them misery just like your savior Ronald Reagan did. And if any of my words don't come directly from the almighty God himself, then may I be struck by lightnin' right this very instant! Halle— *gets struck by lightning*
    • Shabazz's execution is happening while Ruckus is making that speech. It turns into a double CMoA when the same lightning bolt that strikes Ruckus shuts down the power to the electric chair long enough for the governor's call to come through.
  • The lowest-common-denominator, exploitative-violence climax of 'Grandpa's Fight' is put on pause for a moment so Huey (as the narrator) can observe, "You know, we could all be reading a book right now."
  • Stinkmeaner deals very harshly with the first man to cross his path after he returns from Hell as a possessing spirit: "THEN, YOU GOT KICKED IN YO CHEST!"
  • "The Red Ball":
  • "A Date With the Booty Warrior":
    • Tom coming back for the kids twice and standing up to The Booty Warrior, especially after 20 some years of fear of being prison raped.
    • Huey stating exactly what the prison-industrial complex is and how it is wrong.
    Astounded Convict: ...Did you just say what I was about to say, only smarter?!
    • The Booty Warrior in the opening with Chris Hanson, just for the way he was completely calm and collected.
  • Riley's fight in "Smokin' with Cigarettes" against a big sociopathic kid. The only fight he actually wins.
    • The social worker gets one himself by leaping off the roof of the school and body slamming Lamilton after the fight.
  • "The Fundraiser":
    • A big Crowning Moment of Awesome for Riley's particular, let's say, organizing skills.
    • Cindy is not only not intimidated by the chocolate mafia, she beats up one of their soldiers with a baseball bat!
    • Riley's "fuck your X" speech, also doubling as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
      Riley: Fuck you. Fuck the plane you flew in on. Fuck them shoes. Fuck those socks with the belt on it. Fuck your gay ass fairy fagot accent. Fuck them cheap ass cigars. Fuck your yuckmouth teeth. Fuck your hairpiece. Fuck your chocolate. Fuck Guy Ritchie. Fuck Prince William. Fuck the Queen. This is America. My president is black and my Lambo is blue nigga. Now get the fuck out my hotel room and if I see you on the street I'm slapping the shit out of you!"
  • In "The Trial of R.Kelly" Riley wins in an argument against Tom (a fucking district attorney) about what R. Kelly did wrong and why the underaged victim couldn't have just moved or stopped R. Kelly from peeing on her.
  • Sergeant Gutter's response video to Thugnificent in "From Bitches to Rags".
    • Thugnificent's Take That rant against Sgt. Gutter was pretty awesome too.
  • "The Fried Chicken Flu":
    • The tear gas scene.
    • Thugnificent saving the Freeman and Dubois families from Betty's militia. Quite remarkable since earlier in the episode, he was kicked out of Robert's house for making out with Tina, Robert's "friend".
  • Uncle Ruckus gets one for his speech calling out his father during the funeral of his horrible grandmother, combined with a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for finding out that he loves and is proud of the rest of his just-as-black-as-him family.
    Ruckus: No no, thats okay. Keep talking dad, keep talking. Thats the eulogy this woman deserved. She did this to you, and now you're doing it to me. You've been doing this all our lives, and it's getting old, it's getting old... it's getting real old, old man! So get it all out of your system then sit down AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!!
  • For what it's worth, MF DOOM and/or Madlib being on ANY show is pretty damn awesome. Remember all caps when you spell the man' name.
  • "It's Goin Down" is full of these:
    • Ruckuss suplexing the annoying security guard.
    • Huey hijacking the bus.
    • When Jack gives Ed Sr. three seconds he calmly says "That's more than enough time". Then the phone rings and it's the fucking president, who gets Jack to stop. Wow.
  • Thelma Freeman's attack against the slave plantation. They should make a serious spin-off series about her life, she was so cool!
  • Uncle Ruckus reveals some Hidden Depths to Huey: "What? You think you the only one to learn the ancient and deadly art of the Nunchaku?"
    • Caesar.
      Mr. Petto: Thank you, Mr. Caesar. Now if you would kindly return to your-
      Caesar: FRESH for 01' you SUCKAS!!!
      Mr. Petto: Mr. Caesar, how many times have I told you that a simple "the end" will suffice?
      Caesar: That's okay, Mr. Petto, I don't mind putting in the extra effort.
    • Huey.
      Caesar: Heading out for Halloween after all, huh?
      Huey: Yeah, I'm going as "Justice" to try and relieve some stress.
      Caesar: Justice? I don't get it.
      Huey: It basically means I'm rollin' up on anyone dressed like G.W. Bush or Jar Jar Binks and knocking them the $%@* !! out...
      Caesar: That should make you a big hit at the party. Pun intended.
  • Tom of all people gets a bunch of awesome moments in "Pretty Boy Flizzy", even though this episode was a shameless rehash of "Tom, Sarah and Usher".
    • Calling out Granddad twice, the first time for refusing to house him when his wife throws him out yet again by shouting "YOU'RE A SELFISH BASTARD ROBERT FREEMAN!" at him as he drives past, and the second time chewing him out for expecting an invite to the Flizzy dinner after refusing to feed Tom.
    • Walking out on a drunken Sarah after she makes a spectacle of herself at dinner and refuses to go upstairs and lie down. Even Granddad is impressed.
    Sarah: What are you gonna do, Tom? Hit me?
    Tom: No, I'm gonna leave you!
    • Beating the hell out of Flizzy after Flizzy insults him and threatens to steal Sarah and Jazmine from him. Even if Flizzy was egging him on on purpose to make Tom look good in front of Sarah.
    • The ending is more triumphant this time; instead of getting a beating from a singer, Tom reconciles with his wife and has victory sex.
  • Young Robert whooping some serious ass in "Freedom Ride or Die".
    • Sturdy earning his name by simply walking though the mob and casually disarming any of his attackers without hurting them.
    • Robert calling Sturdy out on wanting to make a Martyr of himself, not caring about the other rider's safety
  • Freedomland can easily be seen as the crowning episode of awesome.
    • Huey kicking Ed Wuncler Jr. to begin the slave rebellion.
    • Hell the entire rebellion was awesome, Granddad freeing Huey, Huey's fight with the security guards, Riley blowing up the park, etc.
    • The last exchange might Win Back the Crowd for those finding themselves disappointed with the season thus far.
    Ruckus: "What could be better than Freedomland?"
    Huey: "Freedom."
    • Additionally, there's the bit at the beginning where Uncle Ruckus shows that he'll resort to handcuffing Granddad to make him see Wuncler Jr. Cut to Granddad throwing Ruckus' handcuffed ass out of the house.
    • Huey's Defiant to the End towards Wuncler Jr. throughout the episode.
  • ''Stink Meaner: Begun The Clone War Has"
    • Granddad throughly kicking Stinkmeaner's ass in the ring.
    • The most Awesome part of this episode wasn't the fight but what came after it. Granddad finally finds the strength to spare Stinkmeaner's life and end his nigga moment once and for all.