The Boondocks (season 3)
|The Boondocks (season 3)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
May 2 – |
August 15, 2010
The third season of the animated television series, The Boondocks originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. Season three started on May 2, 2010 with "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman" and ended with "It's Goin Down" on August 15, 2010 with a total of fifteen episodes. The season debuted at 2.55 million viewers.
All fifteen episodes from season three were released completely uncensored on a three-disc DVD set in the United States on November 9, 2010. In addition all episodes from season three are available on the iTunes Store.
Sung Dae Kang and Young Chan Kim served as directors for season three, and series creator Aaron McGruder and Rodney Barnes served as writers for season three. All episodes in season three originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim, and are rated TV-MA for graphic violence and dangerous activity (mostly involving children), explicit language (mostly heavy use of racist, sexist, and homophobic slurs and bleeped-out profanity), and infrequent instances of strong sexual content. This season was originally announced as the final season, however, a fourth season was later announced. This was the final season that was written by Aaron McGruder.
The episodes "The Ballad of Jimmy Rebel" and "Pause" were banned after their first showing on Adult Swim; "The Ballad of Jimmy Rebel" for excessive depictions of racism, and "Pause", after Tyler Perry complained that the character Winston Jerome—a God-fearing, ambiguously homosexual, cross-dressing playwright who creates African-American melodramas featuring Jerome as a sassy, oversexed, old black woman that get adapted into feature films—was a parody of him. Netflix in America doesn't air either episode nor has the episode appeared in reruns, but the complete DVD set of The Boondocks and the Canadian feed of Netflix have the missing episodes.
Season three features guest appearances from Werner Herzog, Bill Maher, DJ Vlad, Charlie Murphy, Edward Asner, Michael Jai White, Aries Spears, John Landis, Clifton Powell, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Dee Williams, Gina Torres, Mark Hamill, Marion Ross, Kadeem Hardison, Luenell, Don 'D.C.' Curry, Star Jones, and John C. McGinley.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|31||1||"It's a Black President, Huey Freeman"||Sung Dae Kang||Aaron McGruder||May 2, 2010||304|
A German documentary filmmaker follows the Freeman family and other Woodcrest residents from the election to the inauguration of America's first black president, as flashbacks resembles the coverage of the documentary, including their expressions and personal reactions: Huey is indifferent; Robert and Riley are supportive of Obama; Tom worries about Sarah's sexual reaction to Obama; Thugnificent joins the celebrity bandwagon after realizing he was oblivious to the political campaign; and Uncle Ruckus contributes his critical racist antics.|
Werner Herzog and Bill Maher guest star
|32||2||"Bitches to Rags"||Young Chan Kim||Aaron McGruder||May 9, 2010||302|
When Thugnificent's new album flops, he starts a rap beef that gets him dropped from his record label, which leads to legal trouble from the IRS. So he looks for a new job.|
'Charlie Murphy and DJ Vlad guest star.
Notes: This is the only episode where Huey has no lines, although he appears near the episode's end.
|33||3||"The Red Ball"||Young Chan Kim||Aaron McGruder||May 16, 2010||306|
When the Chinese call in some old debts, Ed Wuncler is forced to gamble all of Woodcrest's economic fortunes on a kickball game with its sister city, Wushung, China; Huey, a former pro at the sport, comes out of self-imposed exile to play kickball with some of the in-need residents.|
Note: Throughout the episode there are many references to Shaolin Soccer and an episode of Samurai Champloo called "Baseball Blues".
Edward Asner guest stars.
|34||4||"The Story of Jimmy Rebel"||Sung Hoon Kim||Aaron McGruder||May 23, 2010||303|
Uncle Ruckus's favorite racist music artist, Jimmy Rebel, visits when he becomes highly interested in his submitted racial music recording.|
Note: Jimmy Rebel is a parody of real racist Cajun singer Johnny Rebel.
'Greg Travis guest stars.
|35||5||"Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"||Sung Dae Kang||Aaron McGruder||May 30, 2010||307|
Colonel H. Stinkmeaner's old crew, "The Hateocracy", arrive in town to exact payback on the Freeman family who, outmatched by Stinkmeaner's crew, hire Bushido Brown to protect them. Unfortunately, they discover how arrogant he is.
|36||6||"Smokin' with Cigarettes"||Sung Hoon Kim||Aaron McGruder||June 6, 2010||309|
Riley has the time of his life when he befriends juvenile felon Lamilton Taeshawn, but Lamilton wants to cause more than trouble.|
'Bobb'e J. Thompson guest stars.
Note: This episode, based on news stories about a child who takes his grandmother's car for a joyride and on another occasion orders chicken against his grandmother's wishes, heavily references the hip-hop film Juice and the horror film Halloween.
|37||7||"The Fundraiser"||Sung Dae Kang||Aaron McGruder||June 13, 2010||310|
Riley organizes a fundraiser with Jazmine Dubois, Cindy McPhearson, and other Woodcrest kids, but they get too competitive and the money doesn't go to the needy.|
'Charlie Murphy guest stars.
Note: This episode heavily references the film Scarface.
|38||8||"Pause"||Sung Hoon Kim||Aaron McGruder & Rodney Barnes||June 20, 2010||301|
Megasuperstar of stage and screen Winston Jerome casts Granddad in a leading role, but the theater group turns out to be a homoerotic evangelistic cult and Huey and Riley try to sabotage the play.|
Note: This episode references to the rock musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Tyler Perry plays.
Note 2: Winston Jerome is a parody of Tyler Perry.
Kadeem Hardison guest-stars.
|39||9||"A Date with the Booty Warrior"||Young Chan Kim||Aaron McGruder||June 27, 2010||308|
Having conquered his fear of prison rape, Tom volunteers to lead Huey, Riley, and some classmates on a trip to jail as part of a "Scared Stiff" program, but when a riot breaks out, Tom is pursued by an imprisoned rapist while trying to get the kids out safely; during the riot, Huey and Riley help black prisoners organize a riot committee that makes outrageous demands.|
Note: The Booty Warrior is based on Fleece Johnson, an inmate profiled on the MSNBC show "Lockup".
John Landis and Clifton Powell guest star.
|40||10||"The Story of Lando Freeman"||Sung Dae Kang||Aaron McGruder||July 4, 2010||312|
A new handyman in Woodcrest claims to be Granddad's long-lost son, Lando, so Granddad seeks a talk-show paternity test.|
Note: The talk show is a parody of The Steve Wilkos Show.
''Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Dee Williams, and John DiMaggio guest star.
|41||11||"Lovely Ebony Brown"||Young Chan Kim||Rodney Barnes & Aaron McGruder||July 11, 2010||311|
Granddad meets a young black woman named Ebony who meets all of his high standards and they have a date.|
Gina Torres guest stars.
|42||12||"Mr. Medicinal"||Sung Hoon Kim||Aaron McGruder||July 18, 2010||313|
After a checkup, a doctor warns Granddad that he could die any day if he doesn't get his stress levels down. Not wanting to become dependent on pills, he takes Thugnificent's suggestion and turns to marijuana, leading to an extreme obsession and legal issues.|
''Mark Hamill guest stars.
|43||13||"The Fried Chicken Flu"||Sung Dae Kang||Aaron McGruder||August 1, 2010||315|
When a virus erupts during a KFC special, the Freemans and Jazmine have to survive in the post-apocalyptic world, but Granddad and Riley invite friends over.|
Note: This episode references to the KFC Swine Flu scare that happened throughout the United States as well as the film Mad Max 2.
Marion Ross guest-stars.
|44||14||"The Color Ruckus"||Young Chan Kim||Aaron McGruder||August 8, 2010||314|
Uncle Ruckus's family comes to town when his grandmother comes to die and he must settle some old business with his father.|
Note: The episode heavily references The Color Purple and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Luenell, Don 'D.C.' Curry, and Star Jones guest star.
|45||15||"It's Goin' Down"||Sung Hoon Kim||Aaron McGruder||August 15, 2010||305|
Retired domestic terrorist Huey is the main suspect in a terror attack near Woodcrest, so he goes on the run, pursued by a high-ranking secret agent.
All fifteen episodes from season three were released completely uncensored on a three-disc DVD set in the United States on November 9, 2010.
|The Boondocks season three|
|Set details ||Special features|
|November 9, 2010|
In addition all episodes from season three are available on iTunes.