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This scripted drama combines fictional and real-life characters and moments to tell the story of a young, ambitious and troubled entrepreneur who created "Soul Train," one of the most predominant television shows for African-American culture. Set in the early 1970s and filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour, the series reveals what it took to launch the first nationally-syndicated black music show and what happened when the music stopped. Through it all, 30-something Don Cornelius sacrifices all that he loves to follow his dream.

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As Don battles with his raging migraines, he looks to secure a new talk show with the network; after surviving their near-death experience, Simone and JT search for their own independence and win over Aiya's foster parents.
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Don rushes back home to Chicago after his son, Raymond, alerts him to an altercation with the neighbor; Ruby looks to get revenge on Don and Gerald.
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Gerald's reliability is tested after a raid of the casino at the club; Ruby shows she can pull a top act for "Soul Train" when Gerald comes up short, leaving Don with a decision to make.
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Don looks to salvage a performance with The Pointer Sisters despite June flying off the rails after an altercation with her paramour.
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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.
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While "Soul Train" grows in popularity, Don deals with the stress of success; Gerald is extorted by a former accomplice who now works for the mob.
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On the eve of their performance of "Soul Train," James Brown loses his best musicians Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker; Don and Gerald learn a lesson in humility.
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An eclectic Sly and The Family Stone bring their unusual pre-show practices to set; Brooks gets Don to book Elton on "Soul Train."
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Same cast of characters from The Kickback Couch: Twenties Edition are back to give their hilarious commentary for season 2 of American Soul
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As Encore achieves its greatest success, opening for Ike and Tina Turner at Guys & Dolls, Simone, Kendall and JT must reconcile their own lives before committing to the group; Don secures a second season for "Soul Train."
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In 1968, Don takes one step toward his dreams while dealing with his father's failing health; an estranged uncle with a dark agenda threatens the Clarkes' security; the Tuckers put the move to Oklahoma on hold so JT can pursue music.
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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.
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Don celebrates the success of "Soul Train" in Chicago but discovers it may cost him more than he bargained for; the dancers have a run-in with racists.
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Don is forced into a complicated situation when Little Richard threatens not to perform on the show; the Clarke family clashes over their new house guest; Gerald fights for his life against his business rival gangster.
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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.
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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.
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A visitor forces Don to re-evaluate his life and the Clarke family tries to pick up the pieces.
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To save his Southern syndication, Don teams up 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.
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Don Cornelius 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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