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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 20, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric the Entertainer), an R&B singer-turned-minister moves his family to St. Louis to take over his father's church.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 19, 2012
    The good Lord created sitcoms like The Soul Man as relaxing, relatable humor with heart, and Cedric's new creation isn't about to mess with His template.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 18, 2012
    This is a family show in the best meaning of the term.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 22, 2012
    The Soul Man isn't great, but it's the best sitcom yet developed for TV Land. [2 Jul 2012, p.40]
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 18, 2012
    While the two previewed episodes both play pretty broadly--there's also a warm spiritual side, which involves Boyce tending to his flock.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 20, 2012
    The show, warm and cheesy, fits right in as another nacho plate on the network's menu of comfort food, another new sitcom that plays like a re-enactment of an old one.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 19, 2012
    What we have here is a classic family sitcom, with jokes that come from the quirks of the characters rather than a mandate that there be a sex line every 30 seconds.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 20, 2012
    There's nothing wrong with TV Land trying to revive the old-school, multi-camera sitcom but the pilot for this show wouldn't have cut it in the 1980s.

See all 9 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    Something about this TV Land sitcom really evokes the "good old days" of the multi-camera format. The chemistry between Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash is completely believable, and TV Land manages to throw in its standard racy lines here and there making it fit right in during its 10PM time slot. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2012
    One of the best sitcoms of the 2012 season. An amazingly funny family comedy that is an explosion of fun for everyone. Watch this once and you will laugh as hard as you did in a long time. Every Wednesday at 10, watch it on TV Land. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    The Soul Man is an embarrassment because it is done and written by people who know very little about the Christian faith and what it takes to be a preacher. It is done carelessly. A preacher is a human being, no doubt, but he is someone who fights all temptations such as anger, and attraction to worldly things, especially those that are fought by any Christian in everyday life, leave alone a preacher. Besides, the language used by the "preacher" and even his father, who is supposed to be a retired preacher, is very unrefined. It is more like street language. No Christian preacher would call someone "dog" or "say what the hell" etc. No preacher will rejoice in a trip to Las Vegas.. It is just done with very little attention to details. Whatever happened to clean, meaningful and sophisticated shows like Seventh Heaven, Little House on the Prairies, and Bill Cosby? Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2012
    It needs to be cleaned up a bit to make it decent enough for children to watch too.
    I mean get real guys, what are we supposed to tell our
    children when they ask what
    You mean by lack of booty makes you moody??? You don't have to be nasty to be funny.
    Truly talented people can entertain without all that.