Greenleaf Review

Greenleaf Review

When it comes to series with nearly full black cast or having generally an idea to cast as many (Women, Black, Hispanic etc.) i would be generally bit hesitant to continue watching said movie or series, Not that i generally have an issue with it, but if directive is to have Diversity over quality, you can’t really expect much, can you?

Obviously we have stuff like Empire that is a great series, but then we have bad examples like Luke Cage, which didn’t really succeed to meet the expectations. Luckily, Greenleaf is on the better end of things, first i wanted to make comparisons to Empire having a somewhat similar setting (Family Legacy) & bit music stuff in both too obviously, but i would say Greenleaf is aimed to bit more on the conservative and older people than Empire is.

Greenleaf isn’t really a soap opera and it doesn’t try to be super dramatic really and thats something what i like about it, its rather simple Family Drama series – you have affairs, secret children, closet gays, murder or two, inheritance and serious illnesses etc. There is something very down to earth about it even though there are many references to God and his master plans.

Overall i think Greenleaf is decent series, its nothing amazing or something that i will talk about 10 years from now, but something that i had good time watching however.


Greenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies, and their sprawling Memphis mega-church with predominantly African-American members. The series’ lead characters are Bishop James Greenleaf (David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Whitfield), who are the patriarch and matriarch of the Greenleaf family, and Grace Greenleaf (Dandridge), their estranged daughter who has returned home after 20 years following the mysterious death of her sister, Faith.

Main cast

  • Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf, charismatic and Bishop of Calvary Fellowship and family patriarch
  • Lynn Whitfield as Daisy Mae “First Lady Mae” Greenleaf née McCready, Bishop Greenleaf’s wife, First Lady of Calvary Fellowship and family matriarch
  • Merle Dandridge as Pastor Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf, Mae and Bishop’s middle daughter who returns to home 20 years after escaping from the family, intent on putting her Uncle Mac away for molesting her sister Faith as well as many other young women
  • Desiree Ross as Sophia Greenleaf, Grace’s teenage daughter who is interested in following in her mother’s ministry footsteps
  • Lamman Rucker as Pastor Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest ne’er-do-well son of the Bishop and Associate Pastor at Triumph Church
  • Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob’s ambitious and controlling wife and headmistress of Excellence Academy
  • Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf, the youngest Greenleaf daughter and also Minister of Music at Calvary Fellowship
  • Tye White as Kevin Satterlee, Charity’s ex-husband and former director of Outreach at Calvary Fellowship
  • Gregory Alan Williams as Robert “Mac” McCready, Lady Mae’s brother, who is also a known child molester (recurring season 1, main season 2)
  • Lovie Simone as Zora Greenleaf, Kerissa and Jacob’s rebellious teenage daughter (recurring season 1, main season 2-)

Recurring cast

  • Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready, Lady Mae and Mac’s sister and a close confidant of Grace; also used to be a blues club owner
  • Terri J. Vaughn as Melisse, the chief housekeeper at Greenleaf mansion (season 1)
  • Benjamin Patterson as Noah Kendall, Greenleaf Estate’s manager, church Security chief and Gigi’s ex-boyfriend and childhood sweetheart (season 1)
  • Anna Diop as Isabel, a teacher who is engaged to Greenleaf Estate’s manager, Noah Kendall (season 1)
  • Bill Cobbs as Henry McCready, Lady Mae, Mavis, and Mac’s father (seasons 1–2)
  • Michael Rodrick as Ray Fisher, Sophia’s father from Arizona.
  • Kristin Erickson as Alexa Campbell, the Bishop’s former Secretary and Jacob’s mistress. (season 1)
  • Terri Abney as Faith Greenleaf, Mae and Bishop’s late oldest daughter, who dies before first episode
  • Gary Weeks as Adrian Miller
  • Jen Harper as Deacon Connie Sykes, Lady Mae’s confidante and legacy member of the Deacon Board with a love/hate relationship with Bishop
  • Roxzane T. Mims as Darlene, the second secretary
  • Njema Williams as Pastor Thomas Sneed
  • Parnell Damone Marcano as Carlton Cruise Calvary’s former choir director and best friend, he was terminated by the church due to budget cuts, but he believes it was because of his open homosexual engagement to his fiancé.
  • Karan Kendrick as Wanda, Charity’s confidante and assistant in the Ministry of Music
  • Rick Fox as Darius Nash, a journalist who helps investigates Mac’s case and eventually becomes Grace’s new love interest

Great Stuff

  • Refreshing Setting
  • Great Theme Song Choice
  • Lynn & Keith David are a real power couple, very pleasant to watch

Bad Stuff

  • Basie Skanks character is a tad unrealistic for the setting of the series
  • Gigi spends too much time being uncertain about her goals & desires
  • Oprah kinda marketed being a big part of the series even though shes really a guest star
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