The Soul Man

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  • TV-PG
  • 2012
  • 5 Seasons
  • 5.9  (913)

The Soul Man is a comedy series that aired on TV Land from 2012 to 2016. The show follows the life of Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (played by Cedric the Entertainer), a former R&B singer who becomes a pastor and moves with his wife Lolli (Niecy Nash) and daughter Lyric (Jazz Raycole) from Las Vegas to St. Louis to take over his father's church.

The show explores the challenges of integrating the secular world of entertainment into the religious world of ministry. This theme is seen throughout the show as Reverend Ballentine navigates the expectations of his church and congregation while still trying to maintain his connection to his music and his past as a performer.

The dynamic between Reverend Ballentine and his wife Lolli provides a lot of the show's humor. Lolli is a strong-willed, independent woman who often competes with her husband for control over their household and the church. Niecy Nash brings a lot of personality to her character, and her chemistry with Cedric the Entertainer is undeniable.

The show also explores complex social and political issues in a comedic way. For example, there is an episode where Reverend Ballentine must confront his own prejudices when he learns that his daughter is dating a white boy. Another episode deals with gun control after a shooting at the church.

Throughout the show, the supporting cast provides a lot of laughs. Wesley Jonathan plays Stamps, Reverend Ballentine's best friend and church assistant. Stamps is often the voice of reason in the show and provides a counterbalance to Reverend Ballentine's impulsive personality.

John Beasley plays Reverend Ballentine's father, Barton, who is very different from his son but still has a lot of influence over the church. Barton is old-fashioned and formal, whereas Boyce is more laid back and casual. Their relationship is complicated by their differing beliefs about how the church should be run.

The show also features a lot of guest stars, often playing themselves. Some of the notable guest stars include Brandy, Richard Roundtree, Tamar Braxton, and Yolanda Adams.

Overall, The Soul Man is a funny and heartwarming show that explores complex issues with humor and sensitivity. Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash both give great performances, and the rest of the cast provides a lot of laughs. If you're looking for a show that will make you laugh and think, The Soul Man is definitely worth checking out.

The Soul Man is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (54 episodes). The series first aired on June 20, 2012.

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Boyce Don't Cry
12. Boyce Don't Cry
June 22, 2016
On Election Day, Boyce is overwhelmed by the effect his campaign has had on the family -- Barton is still in the hospital, Stamps is moving, and Boyce still needs to win the most important vote of all: Lolli's.
Numb and Number
11. Numb and Number
June 15, 2016
Boyce needs an endorsement from Dr. Zagelman, but he'll have to drop out of the race to do so. Barton helps Stamps make a big decision and Alicia and Lolli realize Boyce actually has a chance to come out on top.
White Trash
10. White Trash
June 1, 2016
Boyce tries to end the garbage strike, Alicia makes a surprising offer for Stamps, and Barton stretches himself too thin.
No Bingo, No Peace
9. No Bingo, No Peace
May 25, 2016
Mayor Saxby upsets the Ballentines' lives when he takes away Barton's Bingo permit.
This Mud's For You
8. This Mud's For You
May 18, 2016
Mayor Saxby slams Boyce during a debate and Boyce considers doing the same to him. Elsewhere, Lolli briefly befriends the mayor's wife.
Sex, Lies, and Video Store
7. Sex, Lies, and Video Store
May 11, 2016
Old neighbors crash a family evening that celebrates Boyce's first campaign commercial. Also: the family find out about the relationship between Stamps and Alicia.
Soul Train
6. Soul Train
May 4, 2016
Lolli gets kicked off a wine train and makes Boyce have her back while Stamps helps Alicia cope with campaign stress.
Southern Discomfort
5. Southern Discomfort
April 27, 2016
Alicia sets Boyce and Lolli up with a donor who could solve all their fundraising problems until Boyce spots a Confederate flag in the man's house. Stamps proves his silver tongue can be an asset to the campaign.
Leader of the PAC
4. Leader of the PAC
April 20, 2016
Lolli and Stamps form a Super PAC without Alicia, but when their casino event isn't properly planned, they must call on Alicia for help.
Hangin' with Mr. Cupper
3. Hangin' with Mr. Cupper
April 13, 2016
After Alicia tells Boyce and Lolli that their past could derail the campaign, Boyce must decide whether to fire a reformed 'booty cupper' from his church staff, and Lolli tracks down leaked photos of her breast.
Boyce's Choices
2. Boyce's Choices
April 6, 2016
In an effort to avoid the political machine, Boyce has his family run his campaign. But he must soon fire them all after a series of failed events.
Rev. Run
1. Rev. Run
March 30, 2016
Boyce decides to compete in the mayoral race. Lolli's eyesight is deteriorating, but she fears glasses could mean the end of her 'healthy relationship' with Boyce.
Where to Watch The Soul Man
The Soul Man is available for streaming on the TV Land website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Soul Man on demand at BET+ and Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, TV Land, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 20, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (913)