Aaron McGruder & Kalvin Lee (2006)

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Return of the King is the ninth episode of the first season of the animated television series The Boondocks. It originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim on January 15, 2006. The episode’s name was taken from The Lord of the Rings volume The Return of the King. It won a Peabody Award in 2006.

“I want young men and young women who are not alive today to know and see that these new privileges and opportunities did not come without somebody suffering and sacrificing for them.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Return of the King was the most controversial episode of The Boondocks’s first season. The episode received criticism from Al Sharpton for depicting Martin Luther King Jr. using the term “nigga.” He demanded an apology from Aaron McGruder and Cartoon Network, stating “Cartoon Network must apologize and also commit to pulling episodes that desecrate black historic figures. We are totally offended by the continuous use of the n-word in McGruder’s show.”

Cartoon Network replied by releasing a statement saying, “We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King’s bravery but also of reminding us of what he stood and fought for, and why even today, it is important for all of us to remember that and to continue to take action.” McGruder himself responded to Sharpton’s criticism in The Boondocks comic strip, by having the characters ridicule the activist’s choice to attack a cartoon over other, more relevant issues. The characters in the strip never specify the cartoon to which they’re alluding. The incident was also referenced on the show, in the episode The Block is Hot. While Huey listens to an internet radio station, the broadcaster mentions Sharpton: “Folks, this heat will not let up, it is hot! Speaking about hot, Al Sharpton is hot right now. Havin’ a big ole protest. Seems his anger again has something to do with — I think it’s a cartoon this time.”

Written and created by Aaron McGruder.

Let us remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today and all he worked for as we continue the fight for voting rights across America in the year of our Lord 2022.

Jacob Hair (2021)

The fifth season of the animated television series Rick and Morty was developed by Adult Swim. It will consist of ten episodes. 50 more episodes have been confirmed as part of a deal at Adult Swim that renewed the series for 70 additional episodes in May 2018. The series stars Justin Roiland as both titular characters. The season premiered on June 20, 2021.

While crash-landing Rick’s ship in the ocean, Morty unexpectedly talks Jessica into a date. Unfortunately, landing in the ocean provokes Rick’s hitherto unmentioned nemesis, Mr. Nimbus, King of the Ocean, and controller of the police. Morty attempts to have a normal date at his home with Jessica while also helping Rick host a dinner party to placate Mr. Nimbus. In the process, he accidentally meddles with the affairs of an alternate dimension where time passes differently, coming to be seen as a legendary figure of doom there and complicating his date further. Eventually, Rick and Mr. Nimbus resolve their differences and help Morty and Jessica escape the futuristic overlords. Mr. Nimbus controls police to arrest Rick after discovering he had sent Summer to destroy a shell that increases his physical strength, and Jessica decides to stay friends with Morty after her outlook on life changed significantly from being imprisoned for hundreds of years by the alien society. Meanwhile, Beth and Jerry brag unconvincingly that their relationship has become more sex positive.

Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s nighttime Adult Swim programming block. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.

Directed by Juan Meza-León

From the album Run The Jewels 3.

Rick and Morty is Adult Swim’s most scientifically accurate animated comedy. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, it catalogues the bizarre misadventures of a bored scientific genius/drunkard and his socially awkward grandson, Morty. Their exploits tend to have unintended consequences for Morty’s dysfunctional family, especially his unfailingly mediocre father, Jerry. Watch Rick and Morty battle everything from interdimensional customs agents to Cronenberg monsters.

Erica Hayes (2020)

Longtime Rick and Morty storyboard artist Erica Hayes has been promoted to director this season. We take a look at her life’s journey up to this point (6 years ago she was working as a coffee barista). Then, she’ll break down her newfound responsibilities of overseeing the completion of animatics in season 4.