Greenleaf: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Immersed in a unique megachurch setting, Greenleaf is a juicy family soap bolstered by a provocative spirituality.


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Air date: Jun 21, 2016
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Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Television, "Greenleaf" is an original drama series following the lives of the Greenleaf family. While Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and his wife Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield) serve as leaders of a megachurch in Memphis, Tennessee, their own family is plagued with scandal and dark secrets. After the mysterious death of one of their daughters, their other daughter, the long-estranged Grace (Merle Dandridge), returns to the family.


Merle Dandridge
as Grace Greenleaf
Kim Hawthorne
as Kerissa Greenleaf
Lamman Rucker
as Jacob Greenleaf
Tye White
as Kevin Satterlee
Deborah Joy Winans
as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee
Desiree Ross
as Sophia Greenleaf
Keith David
as Bishop James Greenleaf
Lynn Whitfield
as Lady Mae Greenleaf
Oprah Winfrey
as Mavis McCready
Gregory Alan Williams
as Robert 'Mac' McCready
Lovie Simone
as Zora Greenleaf
Jen Harper
as Deacon Sykes
Al Mitchell
as Bob Banks
Benjamin Patterson
as Noah Kendall
Jason Dirden
as Bassie Skanks
Deji LaRay
as Officer David Nelson
Deji LaRay
as Officer David Nelson
Miles Mussenden
as Eugene Driver
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Critic Reviews for Greenleaf Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

Those with even a passing acquaintance with modern religion, particularly in the black community, will enjoy the tawdry hypocrisies and megachurch references.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Absorbing family drama about love and loss, with an added bonus: Oprah.

Jun 21, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Oprah Winfrey comes down from her mountaintop to play a recurring character in Greenleaf, a new drama premiering Wednesday on OWN, but the boldest bit of casting here is its setting: a Memphis megachurch, where Elvis Presley takes a back seat to Jesus.

Jun 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Oprah Winfrey is not the star of Greenleaf, arriving Tuesday on Winfrey's OWN network. But she has the juiciest part, among a lot of juicy parts, in this soapy new drama series about a black megachurch in Memphis, Tenn.

Jun 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As an hour-long cable drama, Greenleaf doesn't have any of the characters, stories, or actual drama to make you much of a believer.

Jun 22, 2016 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The series is uneven, but in an intriguing way -- it keeps you wanting to see more.

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Pray for these sinners ... but not too well. "Greenleaf" deserves to flourish.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Greenleaf isn't great television of the occasional AMC/​HBO variety, but it is a good soap, closer in tone to, say, Nashville than the campiness of Empire.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…

It's exactly the kind of dramatic tentpole the Oprah Winfrey-branded network has been searching for since its inception.

Jul 28, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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No one really does anything. They just pair up in different configurations to chew the fat about things and subtly insult each other while wearing stiff clothes and looking uncomfortable in rooms that are a bit too formal.

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Greenleaf: Season 1

eenleaf is a great program about a black Christian family well set (read: rich) who are struggling with self esteem issues, life and death, morality, a sense of duty, betrayal, trust, money vs what matters, righteous values vs material wealth and infidelity. It also deals with the very taboo topics I n.v the black community such as domestic violence, spousal abuse by men to women AND the reverse, pedophilia from fathers to daughters and rape that is written off as consensual. The show features many great actors and actresses known in black Hollywood and the Christian singing world. O am purposely not giving names to anyone; watch for yourself. I just completed the final episode of season 3 and my wife tells me there will be a new season late winter 2019. It has unanswered questions and unresolved issues that I hope will be addressed in season 4. This show was great overall but i could have had it simply be about black family life as an inspiration to many of us who don't get to see a United family. This isn't to say there aren't great moments because there are PLENTY of great black love moments. I was pleasantly surprised at how respectful this cast was shown to be-something our people are not shown to be on MOST TV and film programs. Watch it and don't tell anyone unless they have seen the whole thing. Great work; I give it 4 out of 5 stars. ((At djjfreedomlives on IG, TW & FB)

A Remake of House of Cards The White of House is not the only place where directors take inspiration for drama. Life in a Christian Church can hide big secrets, intrigue, hypocrisy and a thriller story. The TV series "Greenleaf" focuses on the corruption and abuse of power of one fictional family-operated church. An amazing cast will not leave viewers indifferent. Fans of this show will love some characters and wildly dislike others. Lady Mae's signature phrase "all the time" suggests the character is no who she appears to be. Some episodes strike familiar issues that most Christians have faced in their lives: accepting otherness, financial stewardship, spiritual abuse and other. Music, along with brilliant voices, is a strong appealing feature of the show. Music heightens the story's thrilling moments. Songs make connections with viewers who visit Sunday services and sing Sunday hymns. At the same time, some songs perfectly match the feelings and thoughts of certain characters. Looking at the management of the church, one can see similarities with "House of Cards". Whereas one spotlights political drama, "Greenleaf" portrays religious drama, as both are filled with intrigue, sexual assaults, shady finance, lack of transparency and accountability. Greenleaf has not the same intensity in exploring the episodes like "House of Cards". However, developing parallel storylines keeps viewers engaged.

This is a great show, but they sure do seem to get up a lot and not finish their dinner. For someone who loves food this boggles me! ?? but very good show and Oprah! Ohhh wee.

Brilliant TV series. A must see if you have Netflix

Great show and I love seeing Oprah in this role!


Love this show. Acting is superb, the costume designer should get an award. LOVE the clothes the women wear!

I was a bit skeptical at first being a church goer myself! Nevertheless, the truth is that nobody's perfect. Greenleaf touches on important social topics with eloquence and scandalous grace!

It's a juicy, scandal-ridden guilty pleasure with some of the best actors and actresses. Enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Good look inside religion and faith, specially in a black megachurch. Lots of fun.

This show deals with real issues in the black church things that we all ignore thinking they will go away. We as a people are quick to talk about priests and the Catholic Church but when you are living in a glass house don't throw no stones

I love this show can't wait each week for the next episode.

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