Fans of “The Boondocks” may soon have their beloved animated series back, according to one of the series’ stars, John Witherspoon (Grandad), who let slip during a May 29 interview on the Joe Rogan Experience that a new season is in the works. The iconic comic series caused a stir earlier this February when radio personality Charlamagne Tha God published several one-off strips created by artist Aaron McGruder to Instagram.
In the interview, Witherspoon discussed the many aspects of his career, including how he’s always been himself when acting, which is exactly what he did as Grandad on “The Boondocks.” He then said, “And they’re coming back. ‘The Boondocks’ is coming back.” Witherspoon then added, “It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”
While Twitter has reacted, “The Boondocks” creator McGruder has been characteristically quiet. Check out the complete interview with Witherspoon and his son, comedian J.D. Witherspoon:
Many on social media were excited about the news, but some also noted that without the creator, the show may not be worth the support.
#Boondocks season 5 might be returning, but if Aaron Mcgruder isn’t working on it I WANT NO PART OF IT!!!— Anthony Barkley (@AyeeBarkley) June 1, 2019
If Aaron McGruder isn’t a part of the new #boondocks series I’m not watching. We ended up EXACTLY where he told us we’d be. Smh. If I were him I wouldn’t bother. Ppl want to just laugh when there is a REAL message being told.— Brittaní Osborne (@brittawknee) May 31, 2019
Diehard fans who have been around since the series debuted in 2005 warned newbies to not kill their vibe if the new season premieres. Many on Twitter were convinced “The Boondocks” and its satire went over a lot of people’s heads:
Y’all say this every single time someone even whispers the word Boondocks. https://t.co/6CPT3h36wA— Stunna 4 Vegas Stan Account (@JESSrelax) May 31, 2019
THE NEW BOONDOCKS SHOULD JUST BE FOR THE FANS WHO BEEN WATCHING, IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE SERIES AND TAKE EVERYTHING SERIOUS, DO NOT WATCH!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/UtlhGeFuvW— PILGRIMPAPI (@eseanity) June 2, 2019
I’m realizing now that a lot of you don’t realize that the boondocks is satire. “Its gonna get cancelled cause this generation is too soft”… y’all thought this show was serious??? https://t.co/Nw0xK22sNu— Don Lémon Pepper (@royalghanaian_) May 31, 2019
Others noted the show was genius and ahead of its time regarding events like R. Kelly’s sexual assault. They say the show needs to return because of the way it tackles issues like racism:
If you don’t know this show. Do yourself a favor and go watch every episode. This show speaks volumes on #socialawarness #socialinjustice and #racialnorms#THEBOONDOCKS #BOONDOCKS #HUEY #RILEY ➖ Every Legend Has A… https://t.co/aN1xsjGlvl— KYD Works (@KYDWorks) June 3, 2019