The Boondocks (season 3)

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.

The Boondocks
Season 3
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Original releaseMay 2 (2010-05-02) –
August 15, 2010 (2010-08-15)
Season chronology
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List of The Boondocks episodes

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.

ProductionEdit

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 were rated TV-MA for graphic violence, 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. Season three was originally announced to be the show's last; it would ultimately be the last season produced with McGruder's involvement.[1]

The episodes "The Story of Jimmy Rebel" and "Pause" were banned after their first showing on Adult Swim; "The Story 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.[citation needed] The episodes were released as part of the complete series DVD set and Netflix has also streamed the missing episodes in Canada.

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.

EpisodesEdit

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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311"It's a Black President, Huey Freeman"Sung Dae KangAaron McGruderMay 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)304
A German documentary filmmaker follows the Freeman family and other Woodcrest residents from the 2008 United States presidential 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 as themselves.
322"Bitches to Rags"Young Chan KimAaron McGruderMay 9, 2010 (2010-05-09)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 as Ed Wuncler III and himself respectively.
Notes: This is the only episode where Huey has no lines, although he appears near the episode's end.
333"The Red Ball"Young Chan KimAaron McGruderMay 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)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, Charlie Murphy, Sab Shimono, Tiffany Espensen, and Dante Basco guest star as Ed Wuncler, Ed Wuncler III, Mr. Long Dou, Ming Dou, and Jigme respectively.
344"The Story of Jimmy Rebel"Sung Hoon KimAaron McGruderMay 23, 2010 (2010-05-23)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 as Jimmy Rebel.
355"Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"Sung Dae KangAaron McGruderMay 30, 2010 (2010-05-30)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.
Michael Jai White, Aries Spears, and Charlie Murphy guest star as Bushido Brown, Rufus Crabmiser, and Ed Wuncler III respectively.
Note: The episode references 28 Days Later, Master of the Flying Guillotine, "Naruto" and Sanford and Son.

Rated: TV-MA-V for strong graphic violence
366"Smokin' with Cigarettes"Sung Hoon KimAaron McGruderJune 6, 2010 (2010-06-06)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 as Lamilton Taeshawn.
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.
377"The Fundraiser"Sung Dae KangAaron McGruderJune 13, 2010 (2010-06-13)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 as Ed Wuncler III.
Note: This episode heavily references the film Scarface.
388"Pause"[2]Sung Hoon KimAaron McGruder (story)
Rodney Barnes (screenplay)
June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20)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.
Affion Crockett and Kadeem Hardison guest-star as Winston Jerome and himself respectively.
399"A Date with the Booty Warrior"[2]Young Chan KimAaron McGruderJune 27, 2010 (2010-06-27)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 as the Counseling Group Leader and one of the prisoners respectively.
4010"The Story of Lando Freeman"Sung Dae KangAaron McGruderJuly 4, 2010 (2010-07-04)312
A new handyman in Woodcrest claims to be Granddad's long-lost son, Lando (Slink Johnson), 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 as Gin Rummy, himself, and Steve Wilkos respectively.
4111"Lovely Ebony Brown"Young Chan KimAaron McGurder (story)
Rodney Barnes (screenplay)
July 11, 2010 (2010-07-11)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 as Ebony Brown.
4212"Mr. Medicinal"Sung Hoon KimAaron McGruderJuly 18, 2010 (2010-07-18)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 as Grant.
4313"The Fried Chicken Flu"Sung Dae KangAaron McGruderAugust 1, 2010 (2010-08-01)315
A mysterious virus outbreak during a fried chicken promotional campaign leads to nationwide chaos, putting Huey's post-apocalypse survival plan to the test.
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 as Mrs. van Heusen.
4414"The Color Ruckus"Young Chan KimAaron McGruderAugust 8, 2010 (2010-08-08)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 as Nellie Ruckus, Mister Ruckus, and Bunny Ruckus respectively.
4515"It's Goin' Down"[2]Sung Hoon KimAaron McGruderAugust 15, 2010 (2010-08-15)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.
Note: The episode references FOX's 24.
Charlie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Edward Asner, John C. McGinley, and Louis Lombardi (who played Edgar Stiles on 24) guest star as Ed Wuncler III, Gin Rummy, Ed Wuncler, The White Shadow, and Dan Stuckey respectively.

Rated TV-MA-V for strong graphic violence

Home releaseEdit

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 [3] Special features
  • 15 episodes
  • 3-disc set
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English
    • English subtitles
    • Spanish subtitles
    • French subtitles
  • Audio commentary:
    • "It's a Black President"
    • "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"
    • "Mr. Medicinal"
    • "The Fried Chicken Flu"
  • Slink on the Street: Dick Ridin' Obama
  • Slink on the Street: Who is Your Favorite Character?
  • Seung Eun Kim Sketch Photo Gallery
  • Animatic to Screen Comparisons
  • An Introduction by Cedric Yarbrough and Gary Anthony Williams
  • Episode 302 Wrap
  • Episode 303 Wrap
  • Episode 304 Wrap
  • Episode 309 Wrap
Release dates
Region 1
November 9, 2010

In addition all episodes from season three are available on iTunes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peep “The Boondocks” Season 3 Trailer
  2. ^ a b c "The Boondocks - Official Site". Boondockstv.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season (2010) Set details at Amazon.com