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  • Author Existence Failure: Robert's voice actor, John Witherspoon, died on October 29, 2019, after having been announced to be reprising his role for the reboot.
  • Banned Episode: Four (five, if you count the temporary banning of "The Trial of R. Kelly") episodes have been pulled from [adult swim] in the United States due to controversy caused by its content, although they can still be found on the uncensored Complete Series DVD set (though Netflix and Hulu didn't air those episodes, except for "The Trial of R. Kelly"):
    • "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" never aired in the U.S. until May 29, 2020 during a marathon, due to legal threats from BET, which was a major target of the two episodes. Despite this, both episodes are currently available on HBO Max.
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    • "The Story of Jimmy Rebel" and "Pause" have not been seen much in reruns. The former was banned because it was deemed to be too racist (even by the show's normal standards), while the latter was banned because Tyler Perry complained that Winston Jerome was based on him. The good news is that both episodes are uncut and uncensored on DVD and, on May 29, 2020, both episodes aired on Adult Swim as part of a marathon. The bad news is that HBO Max only has "Pause" available.
    • After the documentary Surviving R. Kelly came out in 2019, [adult swim] started skipping "The Trial of R. Kelly" during their regular rotation. Ironically, this happened when Huey's "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards R. Kelly and everyone dancing in court after R. Kelly is found innocent went viral online. As of 2020, it has returned to rotationnote  and HBO Max has the episode uncut and uncensored.
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  • Channel Hop: More like Production Company Hop. Though the Continuity Reboot will still be produced by Sony Pictures Television, it's now going to be co-produced by Sony Pictures Animation, as opposed to Adelaide Productions, SPT's animation arm became dormant when the original Boondocks did.
  • Children Voicing Children: Jazmine DuBois was voiced by Gabby Soleil, who was about 10 years old when the show began.
  • Creator's Oddball: For Adelaide Productions, the animation wing of Sony Pictures Television. They normally specialized in shows based off other Sony properties (all of which were cartoon adaptations of film franchises), or alternately preschool shows. This show sticks out like a sore thumb, with the only other show like it in Sony's library being the Animated Adaptation of another newspaper comic, Dilbert.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Huey and Riley Freeman are both voiced by the actress Regina King.
  • The Danza: Edward Asner as Edward "Ed" Wuncler I.
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  • Descended Creator:
    • Series creator/producer/writer Aaron McGruder voices Young Granddad.
    • The show's other executive producer, Carl Jones, voices Thugnificent.
  • Follow the Leader: Inverted with the comic strip. McGruder has stated that what drove him to take it into a hardline left political direction was a conversation he had with Garry Trudeau over the issue of 9/11. Trudeau told McGruder that he was going to wait until around December before he would begin incorporating the terrorist attacks and the political fallout the attacks would have upon America. This led to McGruder deciding to immediately incorporate it and the political fall-out into the comics, since no one else was doing this.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The comic strip actually started in 1996 on an old website, a music magazine, and McGruder's college newspaper. It seemingly appeared that the original strips had been lost and forgotten. However, someone would upload the strips on the Lost Media Wiki forums in 2015.
    • An unaired pilot was pitched to the Fox network. It wouldn't be until 2016 when Carl Jones uploaded a clip on his Twitter account.
  • Life Imitates Art: In "The Trial of R. Kelly", R. Kelly wins his trial in spite of the overwhelming evidence against him. Three years after the episode aired, R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges in his trial.
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  • Out of Order: Every season had this, but Season 4 was particularly notable with its arc where Granddad tries to get out of debt. Looking at how the episodes were aired, it looks like the arc was never resolved because of the last episode ("The New Black"), but looking at the production orders, the arc makes a bit more sense. The arc is actually resolved in the fourth episode ("Early Bird Special"), where Granddad gets a girlfriend who ends up paying off his debt.
  • Playing Against Type: Samuel L. Jackson, who's best known for playing Scary Black Men, as Gin Rummy, a white guy.
  • Post-Script Season: Season 4 is considered as such, since the Season 3 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], which always go back to the very first episode after airing "It's Goin' Down" However, in 2020, Season 4 started rerunning at a 4 am graveyard slot. It is currently available on HBO Max and was available when the series was on Hulu.
  • 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 the original version with the four versions that were made for the show.
  • The Red Stapler: You wouldn't believe how many fans want full versions of Thugnificent's songs. Yes, even "Dick Riding Obama".
  • Short Run in Peru: "The Hunger Strike" and "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" made their world premieres on Teletoon in March 2008 before airing in Latin America a little bit later and finally premiering in the US in May 2020 due to the aforementioned ban in the States.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • 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:
    • At least for The Diamondback comic strip, there were characters that never got used.
    • McGruder originally wanted to pitch a series of TV specials based on the comic strip, à la Peanuts, but quickly realized that such shows weren't really en vogue any more.
    • The idea of Michael Caesar getting introduced into the show was floated around. However, it never became a reality due to a failure to find a voice actor for him.
    • There were failed plans for a live-action movie about Uncle Ruckus. It fell short of its intended funding goal on Kickstarter.
    • Season 4 was originally going to have 20 episodes, but due to MacGruder leaving the show, the order was cut down to only 10 episodes.
    • John Witherspoon was set to reprise his role as Robert in the 2020 reboot, but he died in October 2019. It is unknown if he had recorded any dialogue prior to his passing.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Boondocks Wiki.


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