The Soul Man

Common Sense Media says

Preacher musical comedy has sex talk, positive messages.

Age

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

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.

Violence

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

Sex

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."

Language

Occasionally words like "ass" are audible.

Consumerism

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.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different ways racial/ethnic communities and cultures are presented in the media. What aspects of their lives are often used to define them? When does a fictional media portrayal of a specific community become stereotypical?

  • Who is the target of this show? How can you tell?

TV details

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

This review of The Soul Man was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?
Thanks – we appreciate your feedback!

Digital Compass