Soul Food : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 28, 2000
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  • 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 monthsAiring 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. Collapse
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. New York Daily News
    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: Rob Owen
    Jun 10, 2014
    80
    "Soul Food" arrives at full boil. It's a cross between "Sisters" and "Providence" and better written than both.
  3. USA Today
    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. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    Jun 10, 2014
    70
    There are a lot of characters and budding plotlines crowding the "Soul Food" pilot, which give it a disjointed feel at times (It tales a while to sort things out). In addition, the deployment of Ahmad as a sporadic narrator comes off as rather clumsy. ... But "Soul Food" eventually gains traction and becomes thoroughly involving especially by its second episode. [26 Jun 2000]
  5. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 10, 2014
    70
    A textured drama ... Intelligence takes precedence over "sassiness." [25 Jun 2000]
  6. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Leona Thompson
    Jun 10, 2014
    63
    "Soul Food" the series differs from the film in that it replaces romance with nudity and sex. The actors were good and the premiere episode was believable, but let's leave something to the imagination. [26 Jun 2000]
  7. Washington Post
    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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