A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Racial differences are discussed, with varying degrees of respect.
Positive Role Models
The show's main couple is committed and in love, but the show does concentrate on the more superficial aspects of their relationship.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent jokes about body parts; off-color joking references to sex: "I'm going to George Foreman your ass."
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Cursing: frequent "ass," bleeped "f--k," jokes about penises and boobs.
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Products & Purchases
The logos of comedy clubs are shown on-screen; McKnight is shown doing his stand-up act.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kosher Soul is a reality show about an interracial couple, one of whom has recently converted to Judaism. Racial and religious differences are discussed frequently and at length, some of which are very stereotypical. For example, the (African-American) groom asks his bride to wear a gold grill during the wedding; the (Jewish) bride tries to learn how to cook catfish. There's frequent cursing -- "ass" and "bitch" are not bleeped, "bulls--t" and "f--k" are -- and many off-color jokes about body parts and sex. It's all in good fun, but it's one of those reality shows that seems pretty well-rehearsed.
Is It Any Good?
It's honestly hard to imagine the elevator pitch that led to KOSHER SOUL. Is it really that significant these days that an African-American man is marrying a white Jewish woman? One gets the notion that this show was green-lit specifically so a bunch of jokes about race, ethnicity, and religion could be made without anyone getting offended. Only the most sensitive of viewers will be offended, it's true. The tone of the show is usually silly and light instead of serious and incisive; it's a stream of timeworn observations about African-American people not enjoying a swim or white people eating twee food that are inoffensive because they're so expected.
Sternoff and McKnight don't lack for charm as a couple. In the brief moments when McKnight stops mugging, the pair have a genuine sweetness that may make viewers root for them, if only for a few episodes. It's just that all the antics come across as canned. McKnight freaks out over the ceremonial "circumcision" he has to endure as part of his conversion; Sternoff worries about her wedding seating chart and seating someone named Gator next to her Uncle Dick. It's a goof, so why not let it be a scripted one instead of calling it a reality show and giving us people who don't act like real humans?
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.