It recently arrived in the Netflix, more precisely last Friday, the series Greenleaf, originally produced and shown by the channel OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) - yes, Oprah besides being the owner of the world, has a channel with her name since 2012.
Created by Craig Wright, the plot reports the trajectory of the episcopal family - a term widely used to discern people who hold ministerial positions within a Christian religious institution - Greenleaf (which gives the series its name), made up by Bishop James (Keith David), his wife Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield), his sons Jacob (Lamman Rucker) and Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) - and their respective spouses Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) and Kevin (Tye White), respectively - and grandchildren. All living in the mansion located on a ranch in Memphis, Tennessee. James is the leader and founder of the Protestant church called Brotherhood of Calvary, where it has many members and a community center that employs many people and provides service to the entire community.
In the first episode of the series, we are introduced to this family that until then, has no suspicion of anything and also to Grace (Merle Dandridge), the middle daughter who returns to her hometown for the funeral of her youngest sister, Faith, who mysteriously committed suicide. Grace is famous in the city for being the daughter of who she is, of course, and also, for having been before she left, a born preacher who infected everyone around her and also the members of Calvary with her oratory of faith.
Upon arriving at the family ranch next to his daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross), Grace is welcomed by her father under strong hugs and smiles and it is clear that her relationship with her father is better compared to her mother, brothers, uncle and sister-in-law - with the exception of Kevin, who helps her. on a mission in a few episodes ahead.
“Telling this potentially explosive story with Oprah, a partner who has so much respect and affection for the Church, just like me, whose whole body of work is infused with what I would call a faith-based humanism ”, said the series creator at a press conference to announce the production . “It is an opportunity that appears only once in a lifetime. It is a blessing ”, he added.
Oprah signs the executive production of the series, in addition to playing Mavis, the sister of Mae and Mac (Gregory Alan Williams), the antagonist of the series - and if we are going to classify the good guy, the bad guy and the like, everyone in the plot presents a villainous behavior and brings a paradox because they belong to an evangelical community, like someone who says “that shouldn't happen!”. On the same occasion of the press conference, Oprah showed his enthusiasm for working with Craig and also, because OWN produced a series with such human themes. "This program will be a fun ride," he reported.
Behind the Sunday speeches and sermons of faith, the series addresses topics that may shock society because they do not understand very well what it is about. Greed, adultery, sibling rivalry (of blood and faith), money laundering and corruption, homosexuality, deviation of character and use of drugs and illicit substances by adolescents, are the themes covered during the thirteen episodes of forty-two minutes.
Craig made a point of touching the wound and reporting that even in a Christian home he has as many sins as inside the homes of those who are considered “of the world” and without reservation, unlike the Catholic church that chooses to stifle cases of pedophilia, rape and child sexual violence, the text is full of ironies and quotes to references and biblical texts, which the characters use to justify their mistakes and interpret the sacred scriptures as they please.
The plot also shows the enrichment of religious leaders and leads to that discussion about the administration of tithes and offerings given by the faithful - explicitly, the family split, the behavioral posture and dress of First Lady Lady Mae and even the purchase of a private jet, in one of the episodes, justifies this enrichment and “well-good” of pastors, bishops and others linked to a religious community.
With a predominantly black cast - this is the feeling of the productions of the Oprah channel, because she also believes and fights for black empowerment - the series arrests you and does not tire you out and will make you not wait the fifteen seconds of waiting between one episode and another. Each character has a secondary story and these stories are linked to the great mystery surrounding the first season. The second season was confirmed long before the first aired in the United States and will begin on March 15th at OWN. Here, we keep the first one and look forward to the second one coming soon.
Meanwhile, the series pleased and very much. And as Thunder loves good things, here's our tip for you to marathon this weekend and don't forget to comment on what you thought about the performance of the cast, the soundtrack that is crazy good, the product itself.