Soul Man (TV series)

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Soul Man
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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
Executive producer(s) Carmen Finestra
David MacFadzean
Matt Williams
Production location(s) Royal Oak, Michigan (setting)
New York, NY (actual filming location)
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Hostage Productions
Wind Dancer Production Group
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network ABC
Original release April 15, 1997 (1997-04-15) – May 26, 1998 (1998-05-26)
Related shows Home Improvement

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.

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 connection

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)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Urges and Lies" Andrew Tsao Carmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt Williams April 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)
2 2 "Communion Wine and Convicts" TBA TBA April 22, 1997 (1997-04-22)
3 3 "Cinderella and the Funeral" TBA TBA April 29, 1997 (1997-04-29)

Season 2 (1997–98)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
4 1 "Mike's Awakening" Andrew Tsao Tom Leopold September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
5 2 "Hello Todd, Hello Nancy, Goodbye Harley" TBA TBA October 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)
6 3 "The Lost Sheep Squadron" John Pasquin Danny Smith October 21, 1997 (1997-10-21)
7 4 "Trick and Treat" John Pasquin Jon Pollack October 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)
8 5 "Public Embarrassment and Todd's First Sermon" John Pasquin Pat Dougherty November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
9 6 "Camping and Housekeepers" John Pasquin Steve Paymer November 18, 1997 (1997-11-18)
10 7 "Three Priests and a Baby" John Pasquin Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer November 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)
11 8 "Attic Box Blues" John Pasquin Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer December 2, 1997 (1997-12-02)
12 9 "Christmas Ruined My Life" Gil Junger Pat Dougherty December 16, 1997 (1997-12-16)
13 10 "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" TBA TBA January 6, 1998 (1998-01-06)
14 11 "Holy Rollers" Ted Wass Jon Pollack January 13, 1998 (1998-01-13)
15 12 "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss" TBA TBA January 20, 1998 (1998-01-20)
16 13 "The Stan Plan" TBA TBA February 10, 1998 (1998-02-10)
17 14 "The Choir Boys" Gil Junger Steve Paymer February 17, 1998 (1998-02-17)
18 15 "Todd and the Bod" Gil Junger Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer February 24, 1998 (1998-02-24)
19 16 "Grabbed by an Angel" Will Mackenzie Karin Kelly April 14, 1998 (1998-04-14)
20 17 "Just the Three of Us" TBA TBA April 21, 1998 (1998-04-21)
21 18 "Raising Heck" Ted Wass Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer April 28, 1998 (1998-04-28)
22 19 "The Good Shepard" TBA TBA May 5, 1998 (1998-05-05)
23 20 "Who Killed St. Shepherd?" TBA TBA May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
24 21 "Play Ball" TBA TBA May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)
25 22 "Little Black Dress" TBA TBA May 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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