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The Boondocks Returns via HBO Max

Fans of Aaron McGruder’s beloved animated series The Boondocks will have something to look forward to in Fall 2020. This is because HBO’s upcoming direct-to-consumer service, HBO Max, recently ordered two reimagined seasons consisting of 24 episodes. The series will launch in Fall 2020, and will be heralded by a 50-minute special.

For those who need a refresher or an introduction to the series, HBO Max will also offer all 55 episodes of the original The Boondocks series at launch.

“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TBS, TNT and truTV. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style of storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”

The original series came about as an adaptation of McGruder’s comic strip, which tackled the country’s most pressing cultural issues. The series ran from 2005 on Adult Swim, and was produced by Sony’s Adelaide Productions and Rebel Base Prod.

The new series will continue to follow the daily lives of self-proclaimed “Civil Rights Legend” Robert “Granddad” Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons, Huey and Riley. The big difference is that the family recently moved to suburban Maryland, right at the time when the place is being taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime.

“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” said the creator, Aaron McGruder. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now — both politically and culturally — more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”


Edward Jerson

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