Soul Man (TV series)

Soul Man is an American sitcom starring Dan Aykroyd that aired on ABC from April 15, 1997 to May 26, 1998. A total of 25 half-hour episodes were produced over two seasons.

Soul Man
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Created byCarmen Finestra
David McFadzean
Matt Williams
Written bySarit 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 byPeter Bonerz
Gil Junger
John Pasquin
Will Mackenzie
Don Scardino
Andrew Tsao
Ted Wass
StarringDan Aykroyd
Anthony Clark
Kevin Sheridan
Brendon Ryan Barrett
Spencer Breslin
Courtney Chase
Dakin Matthews
Anne Lambton
Theme music composerIsaac Hayes and David Porter
Opening theme"Soul Man"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25
Executive producer(s)Carmen Finestra
David MacFadzean
Matt Williams
Production location(s)Royal Oak, Michigan (setting)
New York, NY (actual filming location)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Hostage Productions
Wind Dancer Production Group
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 15, 1997 (1997-04-15) –
May 26, 1998 (1998-05-26)
Related showsHome Improvement

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. A four-year-old Spencer Breslin made his TV debut and was a series regular for the three-episode-long 1997 first season, in which he played the youngest child of Aykroyd.[1][2]

The theme song was "Soul Man" written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Aykroyd was closely associated with the song, having released a hit single of it in 1979 with his band The Blues Brothers.


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.


Home Improvement connectionEdit

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". Tim Taylor ended up cutting the hole too big, causing the basin to fall through the floor.

In the Season 1 finale episode "Cinderella and the Funeral", Al Borland appeared in order to fix the church's furnace. 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.


Season 1 (1997)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Urges and Lies"Andrew TsaoCarmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt WilliamsApril 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)
22"Communion Wine and Convicts"TBATBAApril 22, 1997 (1997-04-22)
33"Cinderella and the Funeral"TBATBAApril 29, 1997 (1997-04-29)

Season 2 (1997–98)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
41"Mike's Awakening"Andrew TsaoTom LeopoldSeptember 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
52"Hello Todd, Hello Nancy, Goodbye Harley"TBATBAOctober 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)
63"The Lost Sheep Squadron"John PasquinDanny SmithOctober 21, 1997 (1997-10-21)
74"Trick and Treat"John PasquinJon PollackOctober 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)
85"Public Embarrassment and Todd's First Sermon"John PasquinPat DoughertyNovember 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
96"Camping and Housekeepers"John PasquinSteve PaymerNovember 18, 1997 (1997-11-18)
107"Three Priests and a Baby"John PasquinSarit Catz & Gloria KettererNovember 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)
118"Attic Box Blues"John PasquinSarit Catz & Gloria KettererDecember 2, 1997 (1997-12-02)
129"Christmas Ruined My Life"Gil JungerPat DoughertyDecember 16, 1997 (1997-12-16)
1310"Yes Sir, That's My Baby"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1998 (1998-01-06)
1411"Holy Rollers"Ted WassJon PollackJanuary 13, 1998 (1998-01-13)
1512"A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20)
1613"The Stan Plan"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1998 (1998-02-10)
1714"The Choir Boys"Gil JungerSteve PaymerFebruary 17, 1998 (1998-02-17)
1815"Todd and the Bod"Gil JungerSarit Catz & Gloria KettererFebruary 24, 1998 (1998-02-24)
1916"Grabbed by an Angel"Will MackenzieKarin KellyApril 14, 1998 (1998-04-14)
2017"Just the Three of Us"TBATBAApril 21, 1998 (1998-04-21)
2118"Raising Heck"Ted WassSarit Catz & Gloria KettererApril 28, 1998 (1998-04-28)
2219"The Good Shepard"TBATBAMay 5, 1998 (1998-05-05)
2320"Who Killed St. Shepherd?"TBATBAMay 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
2421"Play Ball"TBATBAMay 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)
2522"Little Black Dress"TBATBAMay 26, 1998 (1998-05-26)


  1. ^ Barry W Stanton. "What Happened to Spencer Breslin - See What He's Doing Now". The Gazette Review. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  2. ^ Carolyn Patricia Scott (2003-11-02). "'Cat' doesn't have his tongue - latimes". Retrieved 2017-03-23.

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