‘The Boondocks’ Final Season Moves Forward Without Aaron McGruder

Photo Credit: Adult Swim
Photo Credit: Adult Swim

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Although we’re super excited for the debut of the final season of Adult Swim’s hit show “The Boondocks” next month, we’re sad to hear that the show’s creator Aaron McGruder had nothing to do with it.

According to the official press release from Adult Swim/Cartoon Network, Aaron McGruder didn’t write or producer any of the upcoming episodes. And they are claiming it’s all because of scheduling conflicts:

The Boondocks, the award-winning animated series returns for its final season on Monday, April 21 at 10:30p.m (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The Boondocks is produced by Sony Pictures Television. This season was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.

In The Boondocks, Robert “Granddad” Freeman (John Witherspoon, Friday After Next) is the cantankerous legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids Huey and Riley (Regina King-Southland and Ray) and has moved them from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of “The Boondocks” (in this case, suburban Woodcrest), hoping that he can ignore them altogether and enjoy the golden years of his life in peace. But Huey, a 10-year-old left wing revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia. This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud product of contemporary rap culture. Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, they are no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by “crazy-ass-old-black-man” standards. Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal) as Uncle Ruckus, Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation) as Jazmine Dubois and Jill Talley (Camp Lazlo) as Sarah Dubois round out the cast, with Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!) returning as The Voice of fan favorite Colonel H. Stinkmeaner in addition to Tom Dubois.

The new season finds Huey, Riley and Granddad encountering a roster of characters, both new and familiar, in uproarious situations, including Granddad’s dating a long lost Kardashian sister; their friend Tom DuBois acting as R&B bad boy “Pretty Boy Flizzy’s” lawyer in exchange for relationship advice; Granddad’s love affair with Siri on his new iPhone; and the Freemans’ foray into the lethal black market of the hair-care industry à la “Breaking Bad.” Throughout the final season, an eclectic mix of hip-hop artists, actors, comedians and media personalities will voice guest characters on the series, including Jenifer Lewis (Think Like a Man), Dennis Haysbert (24), Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah, CeeLo, Lil Wayne, Donald Faison (Scrubs), Aisha Tyler (Balls of Fury), Kym Whitley (Reno 911!), Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris), Mo’Nique (The Parkers), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Tavis Smiley, Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Bill Duke (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Cedric the Entertainer (Talk to Me). Reprising their guest roles from last season are Xzibit, Charlie Murphy, MTV’s Sway and Katt Williams, among others.


  1. This is very disappointing, but hopefully the same writers came back and the season will still be good.

  2. They probably bought him out. The Boondocks was too real and he went after some powerful people. He had to be stopped. Sigh…

  3. Wait the final season? We wait two years for a new season and now they are ending it for good? Ridiculous.

  4. How do you have scheduling conflicts with the show’s creator? I’m not buying this at all. It sounds like they pushed him out. I hope this season won’t be watered down.

  5. They say he was working on a new show but I mean really, it just sounds sketchy. Then Aaron got on Facebook and said he had NOTHING to do with anything. He didn’t sound happy about it either.

  6. I am not feeling this. Aaron McGruder is the Boondocks. Without him it may not even be the same. I hope I’m wrong though.

  7. I knew they were going to eventually get his a-s. The truth always makes people angry. They wanted him out a long time ago too.

  8. I’m disappointed, but I’m still going to give the new season a chance. For all we know it may end up being the best season yet.

  9. Y’all I wouldn’t worry too much. From my understanding all the old writers came back and they have always said the show would be ending, but they always bring it back.

  10. Although Aaron Mcgruder is working on another show “Black Jesus” which was supposedly picked up by Adult Swim, its hard to believe that he had not a thing to do with this season of the Boondocks and im not sure thats a good thing either because the tone behind his Facebook post didnt sound too happy about not being involved either. But, I could’ve sworn that HE said that the 3rd season was supposed to be the final season of the show which would make a bit of since why he wasn’t involved in this one…

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