A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The complexities of megachurch culture, race-related issues, and corruption are addressed; in the meantime, family bonds are powerful.
Positive Role Models
Family members are religious, flawed; some are criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide, race-related violence discussed; arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mostly discussion of sexual topics; molestation, sexuality questioning, extramarital relationships.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, cocktails; abuse of prescription drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Greenleaf is a serial drama that centers on the culture of a family deeply rooted in a local megachurch. It features strong themes, including sexual molestation, suicide, and infidelity. Teen drug use is sometimes visible, and wine is frequently consumed. There are arguments, and words such as "ass" and "damn" are audible. Race-related issues, ranging from stereotypes to the recognition of violence against African-American youth, are also addressed. It's not intended for younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This entertainingly emotional drama contains all the guilty pleasures one looks for in a nighttime soap opera, ranging from illicit romance to fights for power within a complex family. It also highlights aspects of the megachurch culture, including the opulent lifestyles of their leaders, the church's beneficial tax-exemption status, race-related issues, and show-like sermons.
Some of show's darker themes, including sexual molestation, teen drug use, and suicide -- all of which have long been considered taboo subjects in many church communities -- add to the show's intensity. Nonetheless, many of the plots are predictable, and some of the characters lack dimension. But there's enough turmoil here to interest serial-drama fans looking for a new story to sink their teeth into.
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