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…
Top Critic

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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