Greenleaf: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Greenleaf

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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

The news of Grace Greenleaf's return to Memphis breeds tension.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2016

Grace's moving back to Memphis is motivated by vengeance for her sister's death; she struggles to work in the family's church.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2016

Jacob and Kerissa realize what their marriage has become; Grace goes on an uncomfortable date; Senator Banks looks into the church's finances.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2016

When the mayor cashes in a favor, the Bishop is left in a tough spot that could split the church; Grace is blackmailed; Charity can't keep a secret.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2016

Grace and the Bishop find themselves in opposition; Lady Mae tries to mend fences while Kerissa is pushed to her limit; Kevin further explores his sexuality.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2016

The Bishop pushes Grace to deal with her feelings concerning the pulpit; Lady Mae admits her blame in Faith's death; Kevin's advise to Charity backfires.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2016

As Chief Council, Mac juggles a lot of tasks for the Greenleaf clan; church complications, Grace and the appearance of his father send Mac on a course that could threaten his status.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2016

Amidst public outcry, Grace reaches out to Officer Nelson; Noah evades Lady Mae's questions; Lady Mae encourages the Bishop to reveal a secret.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2016

A debate over security at Calvary erupts following the church shooting; Mac's plans to leave the country life behind set off a chain of potential catastrophes.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2016

Mac attempts to blackmail the Bishop but Grace intervenes; Sophia's father, Ray, expresses doubts about Grace's parenting; Charity speaks up.

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Cast & Crew

Keith David
Bishop James Greenleaf

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Lynn Whitfield
Lady Mae Greenleaf

Actor
Merle Dandridge
Grace "Gigi" Greenleaf

Actor
Oprah Winfrey
Mavis McCready

Actor
Kim Hawthorne
Kerissa Greenleaf

Actor
Lamman Rucker
Jacob Greenleaf

Actor
Desiree Ross
Sophia Greenleaf

Actor
Tye White
Kevin Satterlee

Actor
Deborah Joy Winans
Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee

Actor
Lovie Simone
Zora Greenleaf

Actor
Gregory Alan Williams
Robert "Mac" McCready

Actor
Benjamin Patterson
Noah Kendall

Actor
Michael Rodrick
Ray

Guest Star
Jen Harper
Deacon Sykes

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Jason Dirden
Basie

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Gary Weeks
Adrian

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Oprah Winfrey
Executive Producer
Craig Wright
Executive Producer
Clement Virgo
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Greenleaf: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Greenleaf: Season 1

  • Sep 13, 2021
    I was expecting so much, but it's a very stilted, very cliched first five episodes. The acting is stilted. The settings over the top and the actors look ill at ease, like they are waiting for their cues. I don't know who this series will appeal to, but it is not my cup of tea.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    I don't like the way this series depicts the church. This show makes the church seem like it is nothing but a mafia, and that ALL pastors are preaching for money. Being a pastors daughter I don't appreciate this depiction especially because there are a TON of pastors out there that work hard to grow their churches.
  • Jan 26, 2020
    I really loved this show for the most part. I watched all the episodes. My problem with it was the white racial slurs that are woven throughout. If the shoe had been on the other foot there would have been all kinds of upheaval about how racist this show was. I would have given it 5 stars had it not been so racist.
  • Feb 03, 2019
    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)
  • Sep 19, 2018
    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.
  • Sep 09, 2018
    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.
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Brilliant TV series. A must see if you have Netflix
  • Oct 13, 2017
    Great show and I love seeing Oprah in this role!
  • Oct 06, 2017
    Love this show. Acting is superb, the costume designer should get an award. LOVE the clothes the women wear!
  • Mar 23, 2017
    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!

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