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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 5, 2019
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  • Summary: Set in the 1970s, the series takes a look at the life of Don Cornelius (Sinqua Walls) and the people who helped make Soul Train, including the dancers, the crew and musicians such as Gladys Knight (Kelly Rowland), Martha Reeves (K. Michelle), Diana Ross (Michelle Williams), Rufus ThomasSet in the 1970s, the series takes a look at the life of Don Cornelius (Sinqua Walls) and the people who helped make Soul Train, including the dancers, the crew and musicians such as Gladys Knight (Kelly Rowland), Martha Reeves (K. Michelle), Diana Ross (Michelle Williams), Rufus Thomas (Bobby Brown) and Ike and Tina Turner (McKinley Freeman and Gabrielle Dennis). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Music
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Jan 28, 2019
    83
    Glossy but heartfelt high-soap style; not quite the hippest, but it's still a trip. [1/8 Feb 2019, p.87]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 5, 2019
    70
    Corny in its broad strokes, with narrative twists that will shock no viewer familiar with television, it is often appealing in its particulars; the dialogue has a natural, twisty flow when it's not bent under the weight of exposition or stretching too far toward profundity.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 5, 2019
    67
    The scenes from the set of Soul Train are well-captured and choreographed. But BET’s still limited production budgets are reflected in recurrent Vietnam War sequences involving the Clark kids’ father. They’re phony-looking to say the least, and really not needed at all. Walls, formerly of Starz’s Power series, is effective as Cornelius, although not to the point of blowing anyone away.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Feb 5, 2019
    60
    It renders Don Cornelius (Sinqua Walls), the creator and host of “the hippest trip in America,” as an archetypal entrepreneur, and pushes the existential overtones of his striving to the front of the mix. ... The agonies of the secondary characters--the aspiring dancers and anguished assistants and shady scenesters--range from social melodrama to crime melodrama, from buppie-career-angst melodrama to escape-from-South Central melodrama.
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