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This drama series creates a fictionalized version of the life and career of Don Cornelius, the entrepreneur best known for creating the 70s dance show Soul Train. The series debuted on the BET cable network in 2019. Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol, Jelani Winston, and Kelly Price star.

American Soul is a Drama, Mini-Series, Music series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on February 5, 2019. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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+, Amazon Prime, Philo, FuboTV, The Roku Channel, Sling, BET online.

Tuesday at 9:00 PM on BET
2 Seasons, 18 Episodes
February 5, 2019
Drama, Mini-Series, Music
6.9/10
Cast: Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol
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American Soul Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Don tries to salvage a performance with the Pointer sisters despite June flying off the rails.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Simone, Kendall, and JT must reconcile their own lives before committing to the group.

  • It's four years earlier

  • When Dick Clark debuts a rival show, Don enlists the help of a renowned activist to take him down. JT makes a deal with the CRIPS in order to protect his family. Tessa auditions for a dance troupe and has a run-in with her past.

  • Don celebrates the success of Soul Train in Chicago but soon discovers it may cost him more than he bargained for. The Soul Train dancers have a run in with racists that leaves everyone shaken. JT narrowly escapes police custody

  • Don has to save the show after a powerful earthquake almost brings the whole thing crashing down. Tessa has to make a choice between her career and the striking Soul Train dancers.

  • Don figures out a new creative way to score top talent for the show. Tessa goes to the extreme to get the dancers into shape only to end up hurting the show. JT's family is hanging by a thread.

  • An unexpected visitor forces Don to reevaluate his new life. The Clarke family tries to pick up the pieces after their devastating loss. Patrick's loyalties are tested as the cop killer investigation heats up.

  • To save his Southern syndication Don teams with an unlikely partner. The Clarke family prepares for Joseph's homecoming from Vietnam. JT finds himself in a bad spot after running into an old friend.

  • Don risks everything to land an A-List performer in order to take Soul Train nationwide. While Tessa struggles to live up to Don's expectations, she discovers a new act that could be the next big thing.

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