A Bright “Greenleaf”

Best of 2016, Television

If “Six Feet Under” and “Gilmore Girls” had a baby, it would be something like OWN’s new tv series “Greenleaf”. Finally a show with an all black cast, Greenleaf simmers with tension and betrayal, making it a television viewing event. What sets it apart from other shows on television today is that race is NOT  at the forefront of the Greenleaf family, or at least not in the first three episodes that I caught. It’s ripe with familial drama and salacious regrets, and a narrative that keeps the viewer on edge.

The entire cast is strong, particularly the prodigal daughter Gigi (Merle Dandridge), and each scene drips with ferocity and implication of there are many things simmering below the surface, waiting for their first chance to pack another punch to the Greenleaf family and their religion-based organization.

I can’t wait to watch more.

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