Aaron McGruder*“The Boondocks” may be on its way back to TV after a four-year hiatus, but the critically-praised animated series will be without its creator, Aaron McGruder.

The Associated Press reports “The Boondocks” hasn’t lost its edge despite McGruder’s departure as it comes back for its fourth and final season tonight. The return comes amid McGruder leaving the show after “this season was produced without McGruder’s involvement when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”

The new season of “The Boondocks” was announced last month on the official Boondocks Facebook page. Soon after McGruder addressed his show’s return on the Facebook page of his new project’s Black Jesus.

“Just found out someone has hijacked THE BOONDOCKS Facebook page. This was done without my permission and I have absolutely no control over the content being posted as of Friday, March 14,” McGruder wrote.

Since premiering in 2005, “The Boondocks” has received praise and criticism for its take on difficult subjects as well as its formidable animation. The AP noted how the series has gone on to win awards, including an NAACP Image Award, and the Peabody Award in 2007 for an episode about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awakening from a decades-long “coma” into a modern world that both disturbed and disappointed him for its lack of social progress, the report says.

The Peabody committee acknowledged in its citation how “The Boondocks” “throws edgy, irreverent comment at some of the thorniest issues of our time.”

“Race relations, racial identity, juvenile delinquency – there are no sacred topics here,” the citation stated.

“The Boondocks” airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. EDT on Adult Swim. For more on the show’s return, visit theAP.