Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by Felicia D. Henderson, Soul Food is based upon Tillman's childhood experiences growing up in Wisconsin, and is a continuation of his successful 1997 film of the same name. Having aired for 74 episodes, it is the longest running drama with a predominantly black cast in the history of North American prime-time television.
An FBI agent talks to Lem in an attempt to catch up with Baron. Ahmad is a suspect for a purse snatching and is under police custody. Also, After Teri sleeps with a client her sisters find out.
Teri takes control of her obsession with Damon; Bird insults a local politician; Maxine pursues a celebrity educator to help her daughter learn to read.
Kenny's brother visits with a request that reopens old family wounds; Willie White increases the pressure on Lem to roll over on Baron; Ahmad seeks refuge in a neighborhood school after a classmate takes his false arrest seriously.
Teri is surprised and not at all pleased when Damon's mother arrives to take back her engagement ring; Maxine is offered a full-time position at work - but her handsome new boss and new career put a strain on her relationship with Kenny.
Brian comes to Teri's rescue in more ways than one; Chadway Towing becomes the location for an adult movie; Ahmad questions whether or not he's "color struck."
Willie White continues pressuring Lem to hand over the goods on Baron; Teri makes a decision about her relationship with Brian; Malik tests Maxine's fidelity.
Bird is kidnapped and Lem has 48 hours to save her - without anyone's help; Maxine questions Amina's influence on Ahmad; Teri mistakes Charles's daughter for his girlfriend, leading to a number of embarrassing moments.
Teri agrees to spend the weekend at Charles' cabin; Bird has an intimate encounter with Malik; Kenny's brother reveals that he is HIV positive.
The sisters have an explosive argument on Mama Joe's birthday; as Bird and Lem drift further apart, they each find refuge in other partners.
Lem is stunned to find Bird with Malik; Teri and Charles struggle with the demands of her career on their relationship; Kenny realizes the dangers of being a repo man.
Musical guest: Talib Kweli Bird's sexual tryst with Malik is revealed to the entire family; Teri is uncomfortable with Charles' relationship with his ex-wife; Bird and Lem make an effort to work on their marriage.
Musical guest: Yolanda Adams When Uncle Pete dies, Aunt Ruthie decides to move in with Teri; Bird is forced to tell her sisters and aunt about the kidnapping; Ahmad and Amina's relationship is strained when her mom comes home from prison.
Musical guest: Common Damon returns to Chicago to face Teri; Alliance makes Kenny an offer he can't refuse; Lem collapses and is hospitalized.
In the series finale, Damon makes one final effort to win the love of Teri, who makes a surprising career choice by accepting a job in Atlanta. After his store has been vandalized, a recovering Lem finds some respect and reconciles with Bird; Maxine enjoys a windfall while at a casino with Kenny.