Trivia / The Boondocks

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Throughout the series, there are direct and indirect references to the movie Friday, which starred John Witherspoon, the voice of Robert "Granddad" Freeman.
    Granddad: That wasn't even me. That's the nigga from Friday dressed like me.
    • In "A Date with the Health Inspector", Rummy (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) demands to know if they speak English in a mysterious country known simply as "What." On the way to the real Xbox killer's apartment, Ed and Rummy stop to get a "tasty beverage." One gets the impression that Rummy is a big Pulp Fiction fan.
    • Mark Hamill plays a dealer who sells Granddad something called "Skywalker" and Black Pearl.note 
    • Rev. Rollo Goodlove messes up while singing "Go-Go Gadget Gospel," a song originally performed by his voice actor Cee-Lo Green. It becomes even more funny when you realize Green is purposefully messing himself up when he should be able to sing it perfectly.
    • "I Dream of Siri" has Grey DeLisle portray an mentally unstable female, albeit it was piece of machinery. The role echos her portrayal of Azula.
  • Banned Episode: Four episodes have been pulled from [adult swim] and Netflix in the United States due to controversies, although they can still be found on the uncensored complete series DVD set and on the Canadian Netflix feed.
    • "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" never aired in the US, due to legal threats from the BET Network (which was a major target of the two episodes). Canada's Teletoon channel has aired both episodes, both with warnings that state the views and opinions of BET made by the show are not the same as the network, making one wonder if America should have resorted to doing that in order to air both episodes.
    • "The Story of Jimmy Rebel" and "Pause" have not been seen much in reruns, and are not on the American Netflix feed. "The Story of Jimmy Rebel" was banned because it was deemed to be too racist (which is kind of an odd decision considering that this is a show that already has a lot of racial humor); and "Pause" was banned because Tyler Perry complained that Winston Jeromenote  is based on him.
  • Children Voicing Children: Jazmine DuBois was voiced by Gabby Soleil, who was about 10 years old (same age as her character) when the show began.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Huey and Riley Freeman are both voiced by a woman, Regina King. It's fairly obvious with Riley, given how girly he sounds; but with Huey, it's almost as if an actual preteen boy was brought in to voice him. Also see Talking to Himself.
  • Deleted Scene: On the Season 1 DVD, there's a deleted scene from "The Garden Party", where Granddad imagines the worst case scenario at the Wuncler party, Huey calling the host a "Cracker Devil", and Riley asking "Where all the white bitches at?"
  • Descended Creator: Aaron McGruder plays Young Granddad.
  • Life Imitates Art: In "Return of the King" a Martin Luther King biopic film has the misfortune of premiering one week after the 9/11 attacks. In 2014, the the MLK biopic Selma had the misfortune of being released after several racially-charged protests over police brutality against blacks, which contributed to its poor box office performance.
  • Missing Episode:
    • The Boondocks comics actually started as early as 1996 on an old website, a music magazine, and McGruder's college newspaper. However no comics from 1996-1998 (before the comics appeared in national newspapers in 1999) have been archived, and they seem to have been lost and forgotten.
    • The Boondocks show originated as a prototype pilot that was pitched to and rejected by the Fox network somewhere around 2000, and also has never been seen again.
  • One of Us: Aaron McGruder is a self-proclaimed "nerd" whose interests include Star Wars, anime, video games, and Monty Python.
  • The Other Darrin: Kiarah Pollas replaced Gabby Soleil as Jazmine in season 4.
  • Playing Against Type: Samuel L. Jackson, who's best known for playing Scary Black Men, as a white guy (granted, he's playing a Scary White Man who talks and acts like a black guy).
  • Post-Script Season: The fourth season is considered as such since the third season's finale "It's Goin Down" was intended to be the final episode of the series and is often treated as such by fans and even by [adult swim], who always go back to the very first episode after airing "It's Goin' Down".
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The theme song to this show is actually a shorter and faster version of "Judo Flip", an obscure hip-hop song by Asheru. Compare this (the original version) with the four versions that were made for the show.
  • The Red Stapler: You wouldn't believe how many people want full versions of Thugnificent's songs. Yes, even Dick Riding Obama.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • As mentioned earlier in Cross-Dressing Voices, Regina King voices both of the Freeman brothers. And of course, Huey and Riley frequently talk with each other.
    • Cedric Yarbrough voices both Tom DuBois and Colonel Stinkmeaner, which is made funnier when the former is mind-controlled by the latter in "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Aaron McGruder originally wanted to pitch a series of TV specials based on the comics, a la Peanuts, but quickly realized that such shows weren't really en vogue any more.
    • The idea of comic character Michael Caesar getting introduced into the show was floating around, but never became a reality due to a failure to find a voice actor for his role.
    • There were also failed plans for a live-action movie about Uncle Ruckus. It fell short of its intended funding goal on Kickstarter.
    • The show, despite frequently taking incredibly nasty potshots at BET, was at one point pitched to BET. It's not too out of the way to assume one had something to do with the other.
    • Season four was originally going to be 20 episodes, but due to Aaron MacGruder leaving the show, the order was cut down to only ten episodes.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Boondocks Wiki.
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