‘Greenleaf’ is an American mystery–drama series that has been created by Craig Wright, who is known for working on ‘Lost‘ and ‘Six Feet Under‘. It airs on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and first premiered on June 21, 2016. This show follows the Greenleaf family, the owners of a megachurch and their lies, secrets, and deceptions that they have to keep at bay to protect their image. We are taken deep into the unscrupulous life of this Memphis family.
Over the seasons, the show has garnered a steady fan following and critics have praised it, especially the performances, saying “Immersed in a unique megachurch setting, Greenleaf is a juicy family soap bolstered by a provocative spirituality.”
Greenleaf Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast members include Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf, the family patriarch and the strong and charismatic leader of the Calvary Fellowship Church; Lynn Whitfield as First Lady Mae, James’ wife, the family matriarch, and the first lady of the church; Merle Dandridge as Pastor Grace Greenleaf, their eldest child; Desiree Ross as Sophia Greenleaf, grace’s teenage daughter; Lamman Rucker as Pastor Jacob Greenleaf, the Bishop’s only son, desperate to prove to his dad that he can be his own person. Other cast members are Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob’s wife, who is ambitious and controlling; Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf; Tye White as Kevin Satterlee; and Gregory Alan Williams as Robert McCready. All the main cast members are expected to be back for the next season.
Oprah Winfrey will also be back as Mavis McCready. In the upcoming season, we can expect to see Rick Fox as Darius Nash, Grace’s love interest, Patti LaBelle as Maxine Patterson, a motivational speaker, and Beau Bridges of ‘Homeland‘ fame play major roles.
Greenleaf Plot: What is it about?
‘Greenleaf’ is not an attack on religious faith, but a drama surrounding the politics of faith. We are introduced to the show when Grace Greenleaf, who was once a sensational preacher and is now a journalist, returns to this faith, and into the family fold after the suicide of her sister. Notably, her return is almost like the story of the prodigal son from the Bible, except for the fact that Grace has not kept in touch with her family because her father did not do anything to stop his right-hand man when he raped her sister. Thus, Grace’s return is sure to stir long-repressed emotions within the family, providing good content for the show.