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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 28, 2000
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Malinda Williams, Vanessa Williams (I), Rockmond Dunbar
  • Summary: Airing for five seasons on Showtime--making it one of the longest-running African-American TV dramas in history--Soul Food was adapted from George Tillman, Jr.'s movie of the same name, which in turn was based on his own childhood experiences in the Midwest. The series picked up six months after the events of the film, though with a new ensemble cast, led by Rockmond Dunbar, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, and Vanessa A. Williams. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 10, 2014
    88
    To its credit, "Soul Food" doesn't stop to explain everything to us. The decision to let viewers pick things up as the show proceeds keeps it from getting bogged down in obvious, clumsy, drama-killing exposition. The result is truer and more natural dialogue, better pacing, events that unfold slowly to engage viewers more completely, and characters whose personalities are revealed by what they do and say in the context of their immediate situations. [27 Jun 2000]
  2. Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jun 10, 2014
    80
    The small-screen version is more than faithful to the delicious and heartwarming drama that was the main course of the low-budget 1997 hit. [27 Jun 2000]
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 10, 2014
    75
    The plots of the two episodes available for review were standard and sometimes underdeveloped soap staples, but they're well handled by the attractive cast. [28 Jun 2000]
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 10, 2014
    70
    While it's great that series like these can find a home on pay cable, it's a shame they feel the need to live up to the adult reputation most cable series have. "Soul Food" the series continues the unfortunate R-rated tradition of "Soul Food" the movie. [26 Jun 2000]
  5. Reviewed by: M.S. Mason
    Jun 10, 2014
    70
    "Soul Food" shows us the range of the African-American experience within the confines of a single family, and most of the time it works well. [23 Jun 2000]
  6. 63
    It looks as if "Soul Food" could, after a pallid beginning, develop into a more substantial offering. [27 Jun 2000]
  7. Reviewed by: Lonnae O'Neal Parker
    Jun 10, 2014
    40
    There are things to like about the new Showtime series "Soul Food" ... It's just that the writing, the editing and the camera work are not chief among them. ... The series's aims are laudable. But ultimately, it's the execution, not the intent, that will make it a meal. [28 Jun 2000]

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