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Boondocks creator is back with new TV series

It’s just the right time for a new Aaron McGruder series

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Aaron McGruder, the creator of Adult Swim’s popular and edgy cartoon series The Boondocks, is teaming up with Straight Outta Compton producer Will Packer for a new series on Amazon, according to Deadline.

The exact premise of the series is being kept quiet for now, but McGruder is known for creating satirical and politically relevant series that focus on a predominantly black cast of characters. The Boondocks was praised by many critics during its time on the air from 2005 to 2010 (a fourth and final season aired in 2014, but McGruder wasn’t involved) for the way it handled politically incorrect humor and sensitive subjects. Some people, however, took issue with the show. The New Yorker called it a prime example of something that managed to be “controversial without being the least bit interesting.”

If there were ever a time for a new Aaron McGruder series, the current political climate is it. In August 2016, Inverse’s Adriano Marcano wrote that there hasn’t been a more perfect time for the humor and commentary of The Boondocks to return.

“With the socio-political climate of the United States so fractured and only getting worse, McGruder would have so much material to comment on that the show might never end,” Marcano wrote. “In this past year alone, marginalized groups have become much more vocal about the injustices that wider society has chosen to ignore.”

McGruder’s teaming up with Straight Outta Compton’s Packer suggests that the series may be in line with what the creator originally did with The Boondocks, but it’s impossible to say at this point. McGruder’s most recent series, Black Jesus, follows a black Jesus Christ living in a very modern Compton, an infamous pocket of Los Angeles.

More details are expected to be announced soon, but The Boondocks is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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