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 seem to have been pulled from [adult swim] and Netflix in the United States due to controversies, although they can still be found on DVD 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 (oddly enough for a show that already has a lot of racial humor); and "Pause" was banned because Tyler Perry complained that Winston Jerome — a God-fearing, cross-dressing, ambiguously gay playwright famous for melodramatic stageplays that get adapted into movies — is based on him.
  • Children Voicing Children: Jazmine DuBois was voiced by Gabriela 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.
  • 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: Season Four 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 indeed feels like a conclusive end to the show.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Season 4 was going to have 20 episodes, but was subsequently cut to just half of it due to Aaron McGruder no longer overseeing it. What's worse, the 10 episodes were aired out of order and weren't very good.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Boondocks Wiki.
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