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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Oprah's church-themed drama is soapy but dark.

TV OWN Drama 2016
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age 16+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 2+

It needs to be trashed!!!

Very disappointing! Churches do not need to be attacked by an x-rated production such as this. Church leaders need to honor God and members need to clean up issues in their lives but to exploit an deliver such filth to a world ready to sabotage the church anyway, this is very heartbreaking. Our church, I would consider a very large church and I am a sinner in it. I don't claim to be perfect but I pray for my shortcomings and those of my brothers and sisters who fail, as I do, on a daily bases but to determine to deliver this message to an evil world- - IT IS NOT NEEDED!!! Drugs/Sex/Filthy Language/Corruption/etc tied to a church delivered to a world ready to bounce on it is not God's desire!!! I know that from reading God's word!!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 18+

Greenleaf and its attack on marriage and heterosexual relationships

The main characters, in this Oprah produced series, like Lynn Whitfield were very good, but the overall anti-Christian, anti-marriage messages in this series really stood out for me. Time and again, and as the series unfolded, heterosexual relationships were depicted as dysfunctional and unsafe especially married ones. Either their partner was assaulting them, raping them, being unfaithful or putting their own selfish needs above everything else. For many of the characters, the only saving grace was to not only divorce but to not get into a relationship in the first place-as one couple was seen doing. The only positive relationships depicted were same sex couples. How is being single the only virtue heterosexual people should aspire to?
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16):
Kids say (3):

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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