A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Death is discussed; occasionally the reverend sits with people who are dying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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Occasionally words like "ass" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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