Soul Food

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Soul Food
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A talented, eclectic ensemble cast reunites the Joseph family in the hour-long family drama, Soul Food, an Edmonds Entertainment/State Street Pictures production in association with Paramount Network Television for Showtime. Soul Food was the first original Showtime series to receive a second season order from the network.

Based on the critically acclaimed film from writer/director George Tillman, Jr. the series Soul Food takes an honest, touching look at tradition and family life through the trials and tribulations of a tight-knit African-American family living in Chicago. Without missing a beat, Soul Food picks up where the 1997 film left off – with a family trying to do the best it can with what life has dealt them, while facing day to day turmoil that seems to permeate their lives.

Although the Joseph's beloved matriarch, Mama Joe (Irma P. Hall, Soul Food), has passed away, she is still there in spirit and her words of wisdom resound through her grandson Ahmad (Aaron Meeks), who is having a hard time adapting to his new role as "man of the house" since his parent's separation. Maxine (Vanessa Williams, Melrose Place) and Kenny (Rockmond Dunbar) found that time apart was the only palpable solution to their problems – at least for the time being. And while Lem (Darrin Dewitt Henson) and Bird (Malinda Williams, High School High) do their best to help reunite the couple, it soon becomes clear to the entire family that Maxine and Kenny just need some time on their own.

Teri (Nicole Ari Parker, Loving Jezebel) is wooed by her old company, Greene & Norris, and offered a partnership and chance to head the firm's labor department. However, this opportunity worries Damon (Boris Kodjoe, Love & Basketball) and Maxine who feel that Teri's panic attacks aren't yet a thing of the past. And although the family faces difficult hurdles, they always find their way back to the traditional Sunday dinner that allows them to share each other's company and recognize that they truly mean the world to each other.moreless
Aaron Meeks

Aaron Meeks

Ahmad Chadway

Darrin Dewitt Henson

Darrin Dewitt Henson

Lemuel "Lem" Van Adams

Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams

Tracy "Bird" Van Adams

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe

Damon Carter (seasons 2-4, recurring otherwise)

Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

Teri Joseph

Vanessa Williams (I)

Vanessa Williams (I)

Maxine Chadway

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • still a favorite

    10
    Well it's back to the past. I have purchased the entire series a few years ago and I'm reviewing the Soul Food family once again. I enjoy the different stories and appreciate the writings of the authors. This is strictly an adult entertainment program and because it's such, a viewer should not be offended by many of the extremely graphic scenes. It's life!

    The characters are so real for many families. The guest actors and actresses are equally as real for many families too.

    I like the story lines as it segues from story to story. So much of this series is relatable to how peoples lives are torn apart and how they eventually work through their problems and mend their issues and get back on track. And then back to another family drama!!

    One question I had is how were the youngsters chosen for this program.

    They fit right into place with the families and even favor the actor parents.

    I gave the series a 10 because of it's relatability to life problems.

    And I like all the actors who play their parts so well.

    THAT'S HOLLYWOOD!

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  • Soul Food

    4.0
    One of my night time soaps that I watched faithfully until last night. I didn't think the writer would stoop so low as to have a rough and tough white guy with tattoos being sexually abused in jail as Lem sat there and listened to it. Why would you pick something like that too dramatize. I can still picture that guys face as the shadow of a huge black guy was taking advantage of him. There are many sad things that happen in jails and prisons but for you guys to depict something like that on television. You could have made a better choice. It was so graphic!!! You got your point across but I refuse to watch any more of your shows. I would hate for my young grand daughter to see something like that!! You have lost my viewership. I thought this was a clean family show!!!!moreless
  • This is the best show that has ever graced the TV. This need to be brought back now! The chracters are believable and lovable.

    10
    I am truly disappointed that this show was canceled. This was the best drama of all time. The story lines were strong and true. It showed real black love! I love the way Terri and Lem's relationship grew. They went from a sister and brother-in-law that couldn't stand each other to a sister and brother-in-law that not only loved and respected each other, but would fight for one another. That was real! Terri and Damon had some poweful scenes. Their Chemistry together was mind blowing. I alweays thought they were seeing each other off camera. I was right. They are married with two kids. I miss this show so much. I am glad I have it to watch on DVD!moreless
  • One of the best black TV Drama's out there- just wish there was more of it.

    10
    I live in the UK and I became excited to see Soul Food on Satellite! Although some of the scenes are heavily edited and the show times are inconsitent- this show is one of my all time favourites and frankly I cant get enuff of it.



    I brought the original Soul Food movie and enjoyed it very much. When it eventually came out as a tv drama recently I was pleased to see it. Soul Food has to be one of the best black drama's there is right now on tv. The cast are very comfortable with each other and are able to add realism to the show that makes it easy to relate too.

    Just like the 'Joseph sisters' I too have 2 sisters and we are very close.I can definately relate to the strong bond and the way they are fiercely protective of each other and the family as a whole!



    I cant wait for the series to come out on DVD!moreless
  • i love this show. it's a feel good show where u get some popcorn and just enjoy!

    10
    this show is great! one of the best show ever! i was sad when the show was over. great cast. this show is so real. it show enery day life of black people. if u don't like this show then your out of your mind. because u this show makes u laugh,cry, and just makes you happy. why they end the show i can't say. but i do know that it was the longest black to run over! and they should try to bring the show back. the only thing is that it was on cable so if u didn't have cable then you didn't see it. but now you can see it on bet and bet jazz! thank you god!moreless
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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    African-American Drama, African-American Comedy