Network: Adult Swim
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: November 6, 2005 – present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Cedric Yarbrough, Jill Talley, Gabby Soleil, Gary Anthony Williams, Edward Asner, Charles Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Mos Def, Carl Jones, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Katt Williams, Cedric Yarbrough, Cee-Lo Green, Tara Strong, Fred Willard, Sway, Xzibit, and Donald Faison.
TV show description:
This animated series is based on the comic strip of the same name by Aaron McGruder, and is meant to be a satirical look at American culture and race relations. We follow the lives of the Freeman family who has moved from the south side of Chicago to Woodcrest, Maryland, a fictional suburban of Washington, D.C.
Ten-year-old Huey Freeman (Regina Hall) narrates the series. He’s a smart young man who is often the voice of reason, as well as a spokesperson for contemporary Afrocentrism. Yet, he’s always taken to task and mocked by both his grandfather and little brother, since they don’t share the same belief system. Huey always wants to support black causes, but looks down on the way black pop culture is portrayed in media, showing ignorant and excessively extravagant people. His smiles are few and far between.
Huey’s eight-year-old brother, Riley (Regina King) couldn’t be more opposite. He’s a trouble maker and is heavily influenced by gangsta rap and the black pop culture that Huey looks down on. Riley’s artistic and clever and very loyal to his causes, even if he knows it isn’t going to turn out well for him.
Their grandfather, Robert Freeman (John Witherspoon), is the brothers’ legal guardian. He loves them both dearly, but also can get very upset with the situations they find themselves in. “Granddad” does have a life outside his grandsons, though, as he throws himself into the dating pool, often dating odd and/or dangerous women.
They live across the street from successful African-American attorney and neighbor Thomas Lancaster Dubois (Cedric Yarbrough), his Caucasian wife Sarah (Jill Talley), and their naive daughter, Jazmine (Gabby Soleil).
Other notable characters include Uncle Ruckus (Gary Anthony Williams), who believes blacks were better off as slaves; wealthy realtor and capitalist Ed Wuncler, Sr. (Edward Asner); his drunken and psychopathic grandson, Ed Wuncler, II (Charles Murphy); and Gin Rummy (Samuel L. Jackson), a former soldier and Ed Sr.’s best friend.