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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


(The Boondocks cast)

More hard-hitting humour from The Boondocks in its fourth season

Satirical, controversial and fearless in the socio-political themes it tackles – that’s The Boondocks, the hit adult animated series that returns to Sony MAX on August 29 for a fourth season of politically incorrect comedy.

This cult American anime-meets-manga styled sitcom, originally created by Aaron McGruder and based on his comic strip of the same name, has taken the world by storm since it premiered nine years ago.

The fourth season of The Boondocks, comprising ten 30-minute episodes arrives on South African screens hot on the heels of its United States cable-TV broadcast, which ended in June to record ratings (even beating the NBA playoffs).

The show follows the adventures (and misadventures) of two black boys, the politically conscious Huey and the rap-loving Riley Freeman. Raised on the mean streets of Chicago, they experience a severe culture shock after moving to the leafy, peaceful and mainly white “boondocks” to live with their irascible grandfather.

The Boondocks mines the urban-suburban class divide for its cutting-edge comedy, savagely sending up middle-class America while exposing home truths around stereotyping, bigotry, elitism, hypocrisy and ignorance. It is considered black comedy at its probing, entertaining best, as borne out by its NAACP Image Awards nomination and its Peabody Award, as well as the heaps of critical praise that it has elicited.

San Francisco Examiner critic Jeffrey M Anderson wrote: “Each episode is beautifully crafted, with an eye on lush, shadowy visuals and a pulsing, jazz-like rhythm … the show is almost consistently funny, consistently brilliant and, best of all, compulsively watchable.”

Exclusive to Sony MAX (DStv channel 128), the fourth season of The Boondocks runs from August 29 on Friday nights at 21h30.