The Soul Man

Common Sense Media says

Preacher musical comedy has sex talk, positive messages.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The importance of family is a strong theme. Sends the message that a spiritual leader can still have the same problems and interests as his congregation. Contains lots of references to God, but no specific religion is defined.

Positive role models

Boyce Ballentine cares about his congregation. The Ballentines are a close-knit family.


Death is discussed; occasionally the reverend sits with people who are dying.


Some flirting and sexual innuendo, including song lyrics that make references to being sexy and having sex. Some images of women in underwear or dancing in a provocative way. Occasionally references are made to "lady parts."


Occasionally words like "ass" are audible.


Occasional references to Prada, Gucci, and MTV, but none of these are actually featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (champagne, wine, shots, beer) visible at bars and social functions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Soul Man is a comedy series that features some occasional "iffy" vocab (like "ass") and some music lyrics about having sex and/or being sexy, but also contains lots of positive messages about the importance of family and serving the community. Adult social drinking is also visible. Strong themes like death and relationship problems are occasionally discussed, but it's mild enough for older tweens to handle.

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What's the story?

THE SOUL MAN is a comedy series starring Cedric the Entertainer as Boyce Ballentine, a R&B singer turned minister who has left his Vegas career to preach at his father's church. But while he saves souls in St. Louis, Missouri, his wife Lolli (Niecy Nash) has to work hard to fit in with the church community and get her new hair salon off the ground. Meanwhile, his daughter Lyric (Jazz Raycole) finds it hard to be hip being a preacher's daughter. Adding to the fray is Boyce's sometimes over-critical dad (John Beasley) and his errant brother Burrell (Wesley Jonathon). It's a new kind of life for the singer, but he soon discovers that what it brings is shinier than his platinum records.

Is it any good?


The series offers a humorous portrayal of what it is like to be a family whose occupation is to serve the community in a way that is guided by faith. It also underscores the idea that despite their chosen occupation, preachers and their families still have the same passions and problems as anyone else.

Much of the show reflects an African-American church experience, but it offers lots of positive messages about family and serving the community that appeals to all kinds of people. Ultimately, if you're inspired to watch something that's lighthearted and fun, this show could be the answer.

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TV details

Cast:Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash
Network:TV Land
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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