Soul Man (TV series)

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This article is about the 1997 ABC television series. For the 2012 TV Land television series, see The Soul Man.
Soul Man
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Format Sitcom
Created by Carmen Finestra
David McFadzean
Matt Williams
Written by Sarit Catz
Pat Dougherty
Karin Kelly
Gloria Ketterer
Tom Leopard
David MacFadzean
Steve Paymer
Jon Pollack
David Richardson
Elliot Shoenman
Marley Sims
Danny Smith
Mary Pat Walsh
Matt Williams
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Gil Junger
John Pasquin
Will Mackenzie
Don Scardino
Andrew Tsao
Ted Wass
Starring Dan Aykroyd
Anthony Clark
Kevin Sheridan
Brendon Ryan Barrett
Spencer Breslin
Courtney Chase
Dakin Matthews
Anne Lambton
Theme music composer Isaac Hayes and David Porter
Opening theme "Soul Man"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25
Production
Executive producer(s) Carmen Finestra
David MacFadzean
Matt Williams
Location(s) Royal Oak, Michigan (setting)
New York, NY (actual filming location)
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Wind Dancer Productions
Touchstone Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run April 15, 1997 – May 26, 1998
Chronology
Related shows Home Improvement

Soul Man is a short-lived American sitcom that aired on ABC in 1997 that lasted two seasons and starred Dan Aykroyd.

The series premiered on April 15, 1997, and was picked up for a second season of 22 half-hour episodes after only three episodes aired for the first season. Despite ranking 29th in its 2nd and final season, it ended on May 26, 1998, with 25 half-hour episodes produced in total.

The theme song was "Soul Man" written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Aykroyd performed a cover version of this song with The Blues Brothers.

Premise[edit]

Mike Weber (played by Aykroyd) is a widowed Episcopal priest who must deal with his four children, his quirky parishioners in Royal Oak, Michigan, and a wet-behind-the-ears curate who happens to be the nephew of his bishop.[1]

Home Improvement connection[edit]

Mike Weber appeared on Home Improvement as the priest of Richard Karn's character, Al Borland. He was hired to put in a new stand for a holy water basin in the season seven episode "Losing My Religion".[2] Tim Taylor ended up cutting the hole too big, causing the basin to fall through the floor.

In the Soul Man episode, "Cinderella and the Funeral", Al Borland appeared in order to fix the church's furnace.[3] Reference was made to Tim and the holy water basin falling through the hole he cut.

Zachary Ty Bryan appeared in the episode "Public Embarrassment and Todd's First Sermon" playing Brad Taylor.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Urges and Lies" April 15, 1997
1-2 "Communion Wine and Convicts" April 22, 1997
1-3 "Cinderella and the Funeral" April 29, 1997

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-1 "Mike's Awakening" September 30, 1997
2-2 "Hello Todd, Hello Nancy, Goodbye Harley" October 7, 1997
2-3 "The Lost Sheep Squadron" October 21, 1997
2-4 "Trick and Treat" October 28, 1997
2-5 "Public Embarrassment and Todd's First Sermon" November 4, 1997
2-6 "Camping and Housekeepers" November 18, 1997
2-7 "Three Priests and a Baby" November 25, 1997
2-8 "Attic Box Blues" December 2, 1997
2-9 "Christmas Ruined My Life" December 16, 1997
2-10 "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" January 6, 1998
2-11 "Holy Rollers" January 13, 1998
2-12 "A Kiss is Just a Kiss" January 20, 1998
2-13 "The Stan Plan" February 10, 1998
2-14 "The Choir Boys" February 17, 1998
2-15 "Todd and the Bod" February 24, 1998
2-16 "Grabbed by an Angel" April 14, 1998
2-17 "Just the Three of Us" April 21, 1998
2-18 "Raising Heck" April 28, 1998
2-19 "The Good Shepherd" May 5, 1998
2-20 "Who Killed St. Shepherd?" May 12, 1998
2-21 "Play Ball" May 19, 1998
2-22 "Little Black Dress" May 26, 1998

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