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Do You Watch Greenleaf? You Might Should Watch Greenleaf.

I came to actively watch the show Greenleaf on accident. I was tip-toeing in my Jordan’s (more like Chuck’s but whatevs) through Netflix and saw that the first season was available. I knew it was an OWN show but I kind of thought it was a reality show about a family in a megachurch. I was out on that but boredom beset me so a thug ante’d up the first episode and it was on like popcorn from there.

Listen, for all of you people that love you some good African-American television (as my boy Corey calls is), Greenleaf is your show. For starters, they could re-name the show “Shenanigans” and it would not make an ounce of difference. In fact, Shenanigans MIGHT be a better name for the show.

In fact, do you know what the tagline for Greenleaf should be? No? I’ll tell you:

Gigi shows up. Shenanigans ensue.

Real rap.

I’m getting ahead. I’m sorry. Shenanigans almost always have me jumping the gun on things. It’s a curse really. Let’s start at the beginning.

Greenleaf is a show about a family that has over 99 problems. The family patriarch is Bishop James Greenleaf who has a wife and children named Grace (Gigi), Charity, Faith, and Jacob. Grace was the star child who was supposed to grow up to be a pastor and take the helm of the family church, Calvary something or other. Well, it turns out that Bishop’s brother-in-law (wife Lady Mae’s brother Mac) is a child molester of the “who didn’t he molest” variety and molested their daughter Faith as a youth, which allegedly led to her eventual suicide. Grace told her parents what Mac was doing all those years ago but they ignored her which pushed her away from the church and her calling.

She left, moved to Phoenix, met a white man, had a child and got into the entertainment field, but never let the injustice that happened to her sister go. And now that her sister committed suicide about 20 years later, she comes back to Memphis (where Greenleaf takes place) to put Mac in jail and get some justice for Faith.

Seems fairly simple, except nothing in life is ever that simple. See, Grace has some skeletons of her own. She had a thing with the dude who does the thing who is getting married and steps back into that landmine. Her return throws the rest of the family into a tailspin since they’ve been operating just fine without her for years and she’s out here bringing up old shit. Plus, Momma Greenleaf ain’t so keen on how highly Bishop looks upon Gigi. The golden child’s return throws Jacob, the only son and lazy heir to the throne to the side to make way for Grace, causing he (Jacob) and his wife some issues as they try to find their footing again, to go along with the cheating issues he already has.

Charity is married to Kevin, but Kevin is actually probably gay. So you know that’s going to be a thing.

Somebody gets shot. Two people, actually. Auntie Oprah is one of the sisters who gave up church to open a bar. There’s the pop culture relevance of churches embracing police officers who shot an unarmed Black man. There’s scandal. There’s drinking. There’s the random white woman who works for this super Black church because there’s always a white woman in the mix somewhere. That’s a slick-talkin’ pimp-walkin’ pastor with a vendetta because of one of those skeletons in the closet.

You’ve got a church engulfed in some financial scandals, a family that falls into shambles, NOT ALL but mostly because Gigi has decided to stay in Memphis.

Oh…oh…NOT to mention, she is out here breaking all kinds of laws by bringing her daughter to Memphis with her FOR GOOD without the consent of her child’s father who might be a deadbeat, but they signed an agreement and she poo-poo’d all over that thang.

If you’re a person who is for the shits, Greenleaf was crafted especially for you. I mean this in a good way. Sure, your church probably doesn’t (hopefully) have 1/10th of the mess going on as this one…but it could!

Oh, and how could I forget the most crazy party – everybody in the Greenleaf family lives under one roof. Now, it’s a really big roof but still, everybody basically has their own little apartment (sans kitchen) in the house, except for Mac who lives out there in them Memphis streets in a penthouse looking apartment in the sky.

Grace came home to finish what she started 20 years ago, and she just might take the whole damn Greenleaf family down with her. But on the trip…

…shenanigans ensue.

The first season is on Netflix now. You’re welcome.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • IDontKnowAnyMore

    I haven’t watched this season. I stopped recording because it’s too much on my DVR, but it sounds like it’s getting better in the second season.

  • Pillows McGee

    Bassie Skanks is low down funky skankery skunk Mac is a nasty son of a bi..and STILL possibly messing with young girls i mean come on

  • bigheadbaby

    ROTFL…when I saw the sentence “You might should watch Greenleaf,” in instantly knew who wrote this one. We can fix a sentence up right. Language is a lovely thing. And, yes, they might should!

  • Trill Mickelson

    Never heard of this show, but I’m about to start watching because I see my dude Keith David in that picture. Highly underrated actor.

    • bigheadbaby

      I love his voice. If God had a voice, it would be his. Got nothing to do with him playing a pastor this show. I have always thought that about his voice. Him and Avery Brooks. Just got that bass in the bottom of their throats. Both can talk to me ANYTIME…LOL

      • Mary Burrell

        Next to James Earl Jones he’s the next best thing in voice acting. I love him in Coralline he’s the cat.

    • Marceline

      You won’t be disappointed. He does phenomenal work in this show.

    • Mary Burrell

      Keith David is the reason I tuned in.

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      He’s like Top 2 in the greatest African American type-casted people who play villains of all time. I feel like someone else is number 1, but I don’t know who.

      • Dead Presidents sealed the deal for me

        • orchid921

          Requiem for a Dream tho. Yiiiiiiikes.

      • ErnaSheree

        Michael K. Williams?

    • Nik White

      I’m glad that he’s finally getting some big time shine.

  • Mizwest

    I really like Greanleaf, after every episode I feel like there is a lesson to be learned. Especially if you watch the discussion about the characters afterward. One that stuck with me is the idea of trying to change the church from within. That holds true with my situation at work, so it’s a show that definitely resonates with me.

  • I love Greenleaf, I also found it on Netflix and binged the first season. Now I’m watching Season 2 each week and it’s so messy, but oh so good.

  • Tariq

    Backward-thinking black people too invested in mythology. No thanks.
    I’m waiting for Dear White People on Netflix.

    • Jennifer

      It’s out today.

      • Furious Styles

        Saw it last night. Was pleasantly surprised. I remember that everybody here was non-plussed by the movie. It may be the only movie-turned-show I know that is better than the movie since the days of MASH.

        • Jennifer

          I like how they are focusing each ep on one of the characters. It’s nice to see these characters getting more well-rounded characterizations. I’m up to the Reggie ep. I really liked learning more about Coco.

          • Furious Styles

            I’m a sucker for witty dialogue. Espeeeecially on “black” shows.

            • Jennifer

              Agree! I’m with Chris Rock. True equality will be when we can eff up and still get other opportunities to tell me stories. There are so many shows right now that they don’t have to tell our “universal” story…and it doesn’t have to be IMPORTANT.

              Hope we can get there storytelling-wise for other POC…

        • Jennifer

          I remember the reactions to the film. I liked the movie though. I went to a PWI exactly like that (they even got a shout out in the credits :-/), so I laughed at the ridiculousness and relatability of those situations.

          • Furious Styles

            Same here. The stories we could tell…

  • siante

    Even though the premise seemed interesting, I’ve avoided this show because of it being on OWN: I thought the drama might be a little too “Tylerperryesque” for me, but thankfully VSB has been coming through with the reliable black show reviews. I’ll be checking this out tomorrow.

    • MsCee

      I’m also very skeptical but if P insists it’s a good show then I’ll watch one episode and see how that goes. If it’s any Tyler Perrying going on I’m out.

      • Kissmykinks

        It’s not at all Tylerperryesque. Believe me.

        • MsCee

          OK, cause everyone kept telling me to watch If Loving You is Wrong and his other show so I attempted, against my better judgement, the shenanigans were just too plentiful for my taste.

      • siante

        yup, he caused this to make my Lazy Saturday Morning tv show watch list . Kudos to him. Maybe Oprah will call him back & relinquish some coins for a more steady endorsement?

        • MsCee

          TV shows, books, music…a lot of the stuff I do for entertainment has it’s roots in VSB endorsements and cosigns.

    • Zil Nabu

      I always thought it was a TP show so I avoided it like the plague.

      • siante

        Welp, we have people on both sides of the fence saying it is & it isn’t- so I suppose we’ll just have to watch for ourselves on this one. I’m still not fully convinced after reading through these comments :/

    • Monica Harris

      I watched the first episode. It appears to be Tyler Perry without the Christian undertones. I found it entertaining only with family I could rag on it with. I don’t think you’re gonna like it.

      • siante

        Thank you for the heads up!!! I’ll have to watch this w/ my sis that way if it’s wack, atleast it’ll be good for laughs.

  • PinkRose

    I really like Greenleaf, but I’m saving my popcorn and kitten slippers for Queen Sugar.

    • Jennifer

      This is nice apperitif before we get to hi-falutin’ Queen Sugar.

    • Mary Burrell

      Yes to Queen Sugar can’t wait.

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      Is it on Netflix now???

      • Steph

        It is on Hulu

    • nubianqueenbeez

      I’ve binge-watched both. I’m hooked!

  • AlwaysBluffing

    My sister and I had a text debate as to whether Pastor Skanks is a Kappa or an Alpha. She convinced me on the former, but I still think he straddles the line.

    • BrothasKeeper

      I’ve never seen an episode where he’s worn a sweater vest or any combination of candy cane stripes, and I’ve not seen him purse his lips, so Alpha.

      • Jennifer

        But, his hair is so shiny.

        • BrothasKeeper

          It does have a Kappa sheen to it.

    • PinkRose

      He’s under 6ft, so Kappa.

      • Zil Nabu

        Stop it. I’ve dealt with some tall Kappas in my distant past.

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