American Soul

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  • TV-14
  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.2  (612)

American Soul is an American biographical drama television series that premiered on BET on February 5, 2019. The series is set in the 1970s and follows the rise of Don Cornelius and his iconic music and dance show, Soul Train. The show is created by Jonathan Prince and Devon Greggory.

The main character of the show is Don Cornelius, played by Sinqua Walls. Cornelius is a struggling TV host in Chicago who is passionate about music and dance. He comes up with the idea to create a show that showcases the latest and hottest music and dance acts, and he calls it Soul Train.

Jason Dirden plays the role of Gerald Aims, one of the producers of Soul Train who is motivated by success and ambition. Gerald is also good friends with Don and tries to keep him grounded when he starts to spiral out of control.

Iantha Richardson plays the role of Tessa Lorraine, Cornelius's wife who is skeptical about his vision for Soul Train, but supports him nonetheless. Tessa becomes more involved in the show as it gains popularity and finds her own voice along the way.

Christopher Jefferson plays the role of the talented musician and Soul Train regular, Jesse Jackson. Jesse is a popular figure in the music scene and uses his platform to speak out against social injustices and discrimination.

Katlyn Nichol plays the role of Simone Clarke, a young and ambitious dancer who dreams of becoming a star on Soul Train. She forms a close friendship with Tessa and becomes a valuable member of the Soul Train family.

Jelani Winston plays the role of Kendall Clarke, Simone's younger brother who becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement and plans to use Soul Train as a platform to raise awareness and promote equality.

Throughout the series, we see Don Cornelius and the Soul Train crew face various challenges and obstacles as they try to keep the show on the air and maintain their success. From keeping up with the latest music acts, to dealing with the pressures of fame and fortune, to navigating their personal relationships, the characters are constantly faced with tough decisions and must learn to adapt to the changing times.

The show also does a great job of highlighting the social and cultural issues of the time, such as racism, sexism, drugs, and politics. Whether it's showcasing the talents of African American artists or featuring diverse and inclusive dance performances, American Soul celebrates black culture and its impact on American history.

Overall, American Soul is an engaging and entertaining drama that will take you back to a time when music and dance were a form of expression and rebellion. The series has received critical acclaim for its engaging storylines, talented cast, and authentic portrayal of the era. With its toe-tapping soundtrack and heart-warming moments, American Soul is a must-watch for anyone who loves music, dance, and a good story.

American Soul is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on February 5, 2019.

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So Long, Sucker
8. So Long, Sucker
July 15, 2020
As Don battles with his raging migraines, he looks to secure a new talk show with the Network. After surviving their near-death experience in 207, Simone and JT search for their own independence and win over Aiya's foster parents.
Love Will Keep Us Together
7. Love Will Keep Us Together
July 8, 2020
Don rushes back home to Chicago after his son Raymond alerts him of an altercation with the neighbor. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of 206, Ruby looks to get revenge on Don and Gerald.
Low Rider
6. Low Rider
July 1, 2020
When the Soul Train Club is raided, tensions between Don and Gerald reach a boiling point with Ruby stirring the pot. Meanwhile, Simone steps into a new role when JT's plans for his sister take an unexpected turn.
Say You Love Me
5. Say You Love Me
June 24, 2020
On the eve of their performance of Soul Train, James Brown loses his best musicians Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Don and Gerald help James get them back while learning a lesson in humility.
Lovely Day
4. Lovely Day
June 17, 2020
An eclectic Sly and The Family Stone bring their unusual pre-showpractices to set. Meanwhile in an effort to pull crossover audiences and advertisers to Soul Train, Brooks gets Don to book Elton on Soul Train.
3. Satisfaction
June 10, 2020
Don tries to salvage a performance with the Pointer sisters despite June flying off the rails.
2. Fame
June 3, 2020
Don struggles to get the respect from popular advertisers despite the popularity of his show. After her return home to Los Angeles, Simone looks to rekindle her relationship with JT.
1. 1975
May 27, 2020
While Soul Train has grown in popularity. Don deal with the stress of success. Meanwhile, Gerald is extorted by a former accomplice who now works for the Mob, Ruby.
Where to Watch American Soul
American Soul is available for streaming on the BET website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Soul on demand at BET+, Apple TV Channels, Philo and BET.
  • Premiere Date
    February 5, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (612)