Animated Satire at Its Best: 10 TV Shows Fans of ‘The Boondocks’ Shouldn’t Miss

By Kieran Burt
Published: September 27, 2023 (Last updated: April 5, 2024)
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10 TV Shows like The Boondocks you must watch
The Boondocks (Credit - Adult Swim)

The Boondocks is an animated TV show that first aired in 2005. It follows a dysfunctional black family called the Freemans as they attempt to settle into their new home in the primarily white suburb of Woodcrest, touching on several race-related issues – If you want something similar, I’ve put together a list of 10 similar shows.

Many shows throughout the years have explored racism and touched on other political and social issues. If you liked The Boondocks, you will enjoy the series on this list.

Dear White People (2014)

A comedy-drama series, Dear White People follows a culture war between black and white students that erupts at the fictional and mainly white Ivy League school of Winchester University when the staff at a humor magazine holds a very offensive Halloween party. It touches on race relations and is full of social commentary.

The Bernie Mac Show (2001)

Bernie McCullough (Bernie Mac) and his wife Wanda (Kellita Smith), vice president for AT&T, never planned on becoming parents. But when they take in Bernie’s sister’s children, Bernie and Wanda try to create a loving family environment. The three kids constantly pose new and difficult challenges to the couple.

Clone High (2002)

Created by Bill Lawrence, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller, Clone High follows a group of teenagers in high school. But it turns out that these are no ordinary teens. They are the products of a secret project by the government and are genetic clones of famous historical figures. Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, JFK, Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln were dug up and put through the school system in the 20th century.

Black Mirror (2011)

Black Mirror is an anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. Each episode takes one aspect of changing technology and shows it in the most dystopic way possible. There is a lot of technological and social commentary throughout, centered on how audiences consume media and how new technology might be used. 

Atlanta (2016)

Created by Donald Glover, the comedy-drama series follows a college dropout and music manager called Earnest “Earn” Marks (Glover) and the rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) as they try to make their way through the strange and otherworldly Atlanta hip hop scene, trying to make it big. 

Chappelle’s Show (2003)

A comedy show that parodies the many facets of race and culture, Chappelle’s Show sees Dave Chappelle perform several sketches on sensitive and complex topics like prostitution, the entertainment industry, gun violence, music, and many references to drugs, such as crystal meth and crack cocaine. 

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Black Dynamite (2011)

An animated blaxploitation comedy show, Black Dynamite is set in the 1970s and is an action comedy series that follows the ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies’ man Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) as he goes out on over-the-top and outlandish adventures while calling on the story from the 2009 film.

Black-ish (2014)

Black-ish is an American sitcom that follows an upper-class black family led by an advertising executive called Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). The show explores their struggles, including personal and sociopolitical issues.

Ugly Americans (2010)

Ugly Americans is a show that follows an upbeat and mild-mannered man named Mark Lilly (Matt Oberg) as he becomes a social worker for the Social Services Division of the Department of Integration, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. His task is to help integrate the many non-human species that live in New York, such as vampires, land whales, werewolves, demons, zombies, and succubuses.

Black Jesus (2014)

A comedy series, Black Jesus brings Jesus Christ (Gerald “Slink” Johnson) as he lives in the modern day. Set in Compton, California, the show sees Jesus attempt to spread the word of God throughout his neighborhood. He’s assisted in this mission by a loyal but small group of followers.

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