The Boondocks

Season 1 Episode 2

The Trial of R. Kelly

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Nov 13, 2005 on Adult Swim
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9.2
out of 10
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227 votes
  • Last week I found the series premiere of the Boondocks very entertaining. Unfortunately a lot of critics believed that the show was only about making laughs at the expense of the white community. After seeing the second episode of the Boondocks, I think t

    10
    Last week I found the series premiere of the Boondocks very entertaining. Unfortunately a lot of critics believed that the show was only about making laughs at the expense of the white community. After seeing the second episode of the Boondocks, I think they were proven wrong. The Boondocks continued to deliver its intelligent style humor which is centered around history and current cultures as a whole, not just a specific one. It is easy to watch this show and mistake it for some anti-white pro-black series, but if you really pay attention to it then you'll see that it has not said anything that has not or is not happening, and both positives and negatives in the black and white communities are exposed.
    This week's episode was the trial of R.Kelly. In the beginning the boys and their grandpa are watching news reporters talk about the trial and Riley expresses how he feels about the situation. I found this section of the show funny, and even enjoyed the spoof they made about BET Uncut. I didn't care to much for the scene with Grandpa and Ruckus playing checkers. It did not hurt the episode, but it felt like a filler. The trial itself was hilarious. I thought it was well written. In the end the famous singer, who was obviously guilty, was proven innocent and treated like a hero while this honest, hardworking, educated black prosecutor loss and was treated like a sell out and villain just because he married a white woman. Not even Hueys well spoken words could convince the mob of R.Kelly fans (including Riley) that Kelly was guilty and that the trial wasn't about racism.
    In conclussion, with the expception of the part of the show i mentioned above, I found this episode another great installment to the Boondocks.
  • The trial of R Kelly

    9.8
    This has to be one of the funniest episodes of any show I have every seen. The timing was great. Some, if not most, of the characterizations were dead on. The one-liners were great and the dialogue seemed to fit well. There isnt much to not like about a show that takes one of the day's headlines and skewers it much like a sketch comedy does. That doesnt cheapen the experience any though cause this whole show's premise is one that has a man-on-the-street level of story-telling and it's those sensibilities that bring out the best in this episode. The exchanges between the main/central characters (Grandpa, Huey, Riley) come off as very believeable (especially considering my personal family experience). The only downside (if it can be called that) is seeing another celeb get out of trouble, serious trouble just because they're famous. It's sickening, but I suppose that's how the cookie crumbles. It's also possibly why we watch................
  • Huey does battle with ignorance in this episode...and ignorance wins.

    10
    The episode cleverly discusses both sides of the R.Kelly debate, with Riley and Huey both making valid points for the for and against sides respectively. However, McGruder goes on to explain, through the unfolding events in the episode, that reason often takes a back seat in such situations.

    I've always wondered why R. Kelly is not in jail right now at this very moment. "The Trial of R. Kelly" asserts that the dude is obviously guilty, and in truth he actually is. Yet the public always sidesteps the issue and allows him to roam free and continue to make millions of dollars off of his sexually-explicit music and lyrics. The reason why? "Cuz he good!"

    Pathetic.

    Thank you, McGruder, for showing us all how foolish we have acted. Next time, maybe ignorance will lose.
  • R. Kelly goes on trial. Huge mountain of evidence against him, yet he walks out a free man. Why? Read my review.

    10
    This is the episode that I truly believe was a lot better than the first episode, "Garden Party." From the scene where Whitney Houston and Bobby Browne to the end of R. Kelly's trial had me laughing like crazy. I know Robert Freeman and Uncle Ruckus had some funny moments too, though my main focus is on R. Kelly's trial.

    "The Trial of R. Kelly" also shows us that not only can some famous celebrities can get away with some of the most heinous crimes because of their name alone, it also shows us how stupid and ignorant black people can be sometimes. And I'm black myself so no offense.

    R. Kelly had a cell written with his name on it after seeing all of the evidence, ranging from urine samples to the video where R. Kelly is actually peeing on the girl and calling his social security number for the court to hear. Okay that last piece of evidence was good. But 2 things saved R. Kelly's hyde: his defense attorney and the fact that EVERYONE in that court room (expect the Dubios and Huey) was a die-hard fan, even the judge.

    I'm glad Huey talked some sense to those people in there, even if it fell on deaf ears. If it were an average black man that did that, everyone would want him rot in prison. However, the defendant was R. Kelly. Need I say more?

    All in all, a great episode to start off the beginning of Season 1. Looking forward to Season 2 next year.
  • Another awesome episode of The Boondocks.

    10
    This episode was hilarious. The reason why R.Kelly walked away a free man was because his lawyer said R.kelly was just loving his black sisters and pointing out how Tom Dubois was married to a white woman even though he was black which at that point made the jury and the people hate Tom. I won't reveal anymore things but overall, this was a very well-written episode.
  • great episode

    10
    The episode cleverly discusses both sides of the R.Kelly debate, with Riley and Huey both making valid points for the for and against sides respectively. However, McGruder goes on to explain, through the unfolding events in the episode, that reason often takes a back seat in such situations.I've always wondered why R. Kelly is not in jail right now at this very moment. "The Trial of R. Kelly" asserts that the dude is obviously guilty, and in truth he actually is. Yet the public always sidesteps the issue and allows him to roam free and continue to make millions of dollars off of his sexually-explicit music and lyrics. The reason why? "Cuz he good!"Pathetic. Thank you, McGruder, for showing us all how foolish we have acted. Next time, maybe ignorance will lose
  • Riley could probably defend the real R Kelly in court.

    10
    This episode was hilarious. For me, Boondocks has become a replacement for the Dave Chappelle show. Watching Riley's arguments for R. Kelly were hilarious. If you see pee coming, wouldn't you run too? Its sooo true. At what point DOES personal responsibilty play a part in the equation? I love this show.
  • well we really learn that our ignorance can sometimes overrule our mind. when u really think about it its pretty much all a game to some people and they just dont know what could happen

    9.9
    well I really laughed my eyes out this episode and it really is interesting to think that serial killers on the loose cuz he good or something like O.J Simpson he really isn't innocent. we could be surrounded right now if we didnt know any better we need more sense then that this episode pretty much revolves around riley and huey well we know that we cant blame this one on white people wait what am i saying yes i can a Quote from Huey Freeman . And if R. Kelly Go To Jail Ill Piss On Yo Cat. A quote from Riley Freeman
  • I feel that the Boondocks will grow to be one of the most controversial cartoons in television history.

    9.3
    "The Trial of R. Kelly" is a fantastic episode I found highly controversial and entertaining at the same time. While this episode focuses on the upcoming trial of R. Kelly, I am not a big fan of R. Kelly, but I do appreciate his songs he wrote in the mid-1990's. I am really surprised that Uncle Ruckus makes another appearance in this series, and it has left me to think if Uncle Ruckus will remain a regular for the show. I hope that Uncle Ruckus will stay in this series for some time, or at least give more appearances because he happens to be one of my favorite characters, both design and personality. I may not be black, but I do wish R. Kelly the best of luck in his future trial, and hope that he does not take this episode of the Boondocks too seriously.
  • This episode was absolutely hilarious!!!

    9.0
    This was the first episode of the show that I've seen but OMG, it had me in tears from laughing so much! I love the voices of all of the characters. The scene where the prosecutor was asking the underage girl about R. Kelly peeing on her was the best "If I didn't want to be p***ed on, I would've moved outta the way. S***, I been p***ed on by guys w/out a record deal, it ain't no big thing." I love Cedric Yarbrough (Jonesy from Reno 911) & he played the best exasperated prosecutor ever - "We have a video tape!!! She's a little girl!!!" I can't wait to see more episodes of this show!!! it's a great addition to Adult Swim!
  • Funny as usual

    10
    This was by far one of the funniest episodes, they had every pun and inside joke right on point. An interesting point that if the girl didn't want to get peed on she could have just moved out of the way. This episode gives comedy shows like Chappelle's Show a run for it's money.
  • 1 of my fav. episodes. Adult Swim finally got a show forr us black people

    10
    I wish I could see this episode again. This episode was 1 of the greatest out of this current season. I love shows like this, because they're funny and have true facts in the current events. Also, I like the Tom character. He makes me laugh when he tries to sing. I also like that episode when he was in Jail and was afraid to get anally raped. Also, that Jazmine character was funny on the christmas episode, well the beginning of it, but she's needs to be used more. Also, Uncle Rickus makes me laugh the most. A black guy hating his own race. More hilarious.
  • Uncle Ruckus stole the show with the stuff he was talking about.

    10
    This episode is by far, the most funniet episode I seen of The Boondocks. Oh believe me, I seen the others as well but this 1 had me rolling since it started. When Bobby & Whitney were in court, all the way to the end of the trial, when Huey was trying to talk some sense to the people. I loved every minute of it. To this day, I haven't seen the R. Kelly tape but damm, there sure made this show make that thing hilarious though. Long Live The Boondocks!!!!
  • The new David Chappelle... Watch out Aaron when everyone likes you… they come and take you away.

    10
    One of my favorite episodes. It reminded me of the David Chappelle series I think this will be one of the classics. Everyone was talking about it at work the next day. My sister called me because she knows what type of comedy I admire. It was suggested that she watch it by one of her students. They were having a class discussion about the content. Brilliant was the summary.
  • This show was about the trial of R. Kelly! And the show was funny!

    10
    This show is funny, and I love it! The Garden Party was good, and I bet the next episode will be to! The website they use in the show: freetopee.com is acctually a direct site to Sony Pictures, but the website has The Boondocks on it, sooo... that explains it! But the show is AwSoMe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Thats whats im talking bout. this show gets better every episode.

    10
    Huey and Riley is a good combo to make this show funny as it is. And i liked it when huey spoke some sence into r kelly at the end.000 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 00 0 0 0
  • Funnier with each episode!

    10
    I think this episode is funnier than the last! It shows basically the publics willingness to forgive celebrities no matter what they are accused of. Uncle Ruckus and Grandad are just plain hilarious! This show is continuously upstaging other shows in its time slot by plain and simple originality Boondocks!!!!!
  • Great episode

    9.5
    This episode is only the 2nd one of the Boondocks that I've seen so far, and it was really funny. The whole R. Kelly thing was great. Adam West was great. But my favorite parts were Uncle Ruckus at the trial and Huey's speech in the courtroom. And I loved how he said he fought ignorance and ignorance won...kinda a sad ending but a good one definitely.
  • This episode wasnt as good as The Garden Party but has some funny parts in the episode

    9.2
    This episode wasnt as good as The Garden Party but has some funny parts in the episode. Like When Grandad and Riley were joking about gettin a golden shower from santa for christmas and the giant mob of black people outside rioting. Rileys parts were funny as they always are the way he asked if R kelly had washed his hands.And told huey to get of the stage whilr he was makin an important speech. The part where they called the girl he peed on to the stand was also funny. It could of been funnier if they hadnt left out the rosa parks part though
  • Great episode.

    8.9
    This was a great episode. I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say how great R. Kelly's music was when the topic of his trial came up. What the hell does the way he sings have to do with his child porn trial? God!

    Anyway, I loved Huey's speech during the trial. Adam West was great in the episode, as he is with any his animated characters. Tom's looking confused and helpless during the trial when an easy trial wasn't going right was just hilarious. On a scale of one to ten, I'd give this episode a good 8.9/10.
  • This episode of The Boondocks is one of the best ones since "Guess Hoe's Coming To Dinner".

    8.7
    The Trial of R. Kelly episode was really funny. I realle don\'t see how R. Kelly won the trial. I\'m not saying that he should be guilty in real life, but that doesn\'t mean that he should not be guilty either. it\'s true what Riley said, when personal responsibility become an option in this. But it\'s true, exactly what was going through his mind if he did pee on the girl. And what Huey said should\'ve had the audience agree with him. and they shouldve stopped the damn dancing too, cuz if a case like this happened for Micheal Jackson, would you have seen kids and adults doing the moonwalk on top of tables? This episode was well written. I would also have to give thanks to R. Kelly's mistake, or this would have never happened. I give it an 8.7/10.
  • Basically about celebrity-mania

    8.6
    Basically this episode is about how Americans LOVE celebrites. Black celebrities in particular (OJ Simpson) often invoke racism and claim they were framed. Strangely, this defense only works for performers, not for activists. In this episode, it's about the trial of R Kelly. For those who haven't seen the news, R Kelly was charged with several accounts related to a "golden shower" incident with a minor. He even filmed it.

    The jokes were funny on a number of levels, from the lawyer talking about the prosecutor's white wife (since it obviously makes everything okay that R Kelly was molesting a black girl) to the news giving a URL where you can find the video (which happens to be just how seedy 24-hour networks are).
  • Another good episode in this series.

    8.5
    Very good episode, I enjoyed it like I usually
    do enjoy The Boondocks. It was about The trial of R.Kelly comes to town and Dubois is the ADA,
    Riley is pulling for R.Kelly, and Huey is against him. The other storyline was about Granddad and Ruckus playing checkers with whit people. Great episode, the funniest part was when Tom is talking to Riley and say, "But she was just a little girl." Oh, I saw that girl,She wasn't little, I'm little, Gary Coleman's little, Mini-Me is little. Classic, just a classic moment. I loved this episode the humor was great like usual.
  • One of the best episodes in the series so far.

    8.0
    This is why I watch the show. It pointed out what is wrong with society. It showed that certain people make mistakes in the courthouse just based on race. It becomes apparent that the creators of the show does think R kelley is guilty becasue of the speech Huey gives. It is one of my favorite parts of the whole series. "What the Hell is wrong with you?" It made me crack up. It got the creators point across and it was funny. This was actually the first episode I saw of the Boondocks. I watched it with my mom... that was not a good idea.
  • This episode centers on an R Kelly trial with it being blown up as an attack on the black community.

    7.7
    This was a funny episode, however like the
    previous episode, it does rely on objectionable
    content and language to get ratings and attention.

    In it's simple essence this was a commentary
    on celebrity prestige and how people that
    are famous can get away with anything.

    The writers I felt got that point across well,
    and added some of the same satire about blacks
    and whites. Overall this was a funny episode.
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