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The Boondocks (season 4)
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"Fate, it would seem not without a sense of irony."
Genre: Animated sitcom
Black sitcom
Satire
Country: South Korea
United States
Release Date: April 21 - June 23, 2014
Network(s): Adult Swim
Created by: Aaron McGruder
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Television
Starring: Regina King
John Witherspoon
Gary Anthony Williams
Cedric Yarbrough
Jill Talley
Episodes: 10


The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon his comic strip of the same name. It ran from November 6, 2005 and ended on June 23, 2014. While the first 3 seasons were positively received, the same cannot be said about Season 4, which is on this wiki for the reasons explained below.

Plot

The show centers around a dysfunctional black family, the Freemans, settling into the fictional, friendly, and overall white suburb of Woodcrest.

Why This Season Isn't The Stone That The Builder Refused

  1. The biggest reason for this season's failure is the fact that Aaron McGruder intentionally had no involvement with this season, as he was making plans for the first season of the live-action religious sitcom Black Jesus, airing on the same network.
  2. Rather than focusing on Huey Freeman, who is literally the main character, this season focuses more on Robert Freeman. While Robert is one of the main characters, the whole season focusing on him doesn't make sense.
  3. This season also removed a lot of several popular characters such as Gin Rummy, Thugnificent and Cindy McPhearson.
  4. Many poor plots of Robert going into different situations, such as losing money and becoming a slave.
  5. The unnecessary decision to bring back Stinkmeaner again, who was killed off twice in Season 1 and 2.
  6. Uncle Ruckus was badly flanderized. He went from a self-hating racist but funny man to an annoying, unfunny character.
  7. This season was extremely rushed. It only aired for 2 months and lasted for 10 episodes.
  8. This season had very little as far as actual political-social commentary, real satire or any of the insights you'd normally expect from this show.
  9. This season rather focuses on relationships (as mentioned in #2 and #4), with Kim Kardashian even making an unnecessary guest appearance.
  10. The humor was downgraded from being funny and clever, to being rather awkward and forgettable.
  11. The series finale, "The New Black", was a truly bad way to end the series.
  12. This season pretty much killed off Adelaide Productions as Sony Pictures Television's animation division, as the studio did not produce any new shows after the series ended (not helped out by the fact that they haven't even produce any new shows since the short-lived American adaptation of Sit Down, Shut Up, which came out in 2009, 5 years before this season, leaving The Boondocks their only remaining production at the time). Not to mention, Sony Pictures Animation (which was working on a reboot of the series before it was cancelled) and Silvergate Media (after SPT acquired the company in 2019) have since taken over Adelaide's duties of producing animated television shows, leaving Adelaide dormant ever since.
  13. This is another example of both seasonal rot and executive meddling, as Adult Swim decided to continue the series after season 3, which is widely considered to be the best season.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The animation is really good and is a major improvement over the previous seasons.
  2. The Freeman family is still likable as usual.
  3. The intro is still good.
  4. The voice cast continues to do a great job, as they did in previous seasons.
  5. There are some passable episodes like "I Dream of Siri" and "Freedomland".
  6. There are still a good amount of funny moments here and there.

Reception

Although the show's first three seasons were met with positive reception. Season 4 was met with enormous negative reviews from fans and critics alike. It received a 38% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 45% audience score.

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