The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values—that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.
Aired 7 years ago - Aug 31, 2016
In the Season 1 finale, Deacon Sykes has doubts about Lady Mae preaching at the "women's day" event; Basie wants Jacob to run Triumph's new community center; and Lady Mae confronts Mavis.
First thing I did when I heard about it
No, the Lord wants you to do this.
Well, might be time to talk to the DA.
Yeah. How about you and Sophia?
at this last verse here, verse 30.
and taking most anything
they want by force,
that sometimes only a woman can.
I'm talking about women like Mary.
The... a tested leader, y'all.
what were you listening to?
and Sophia really wants to
come back in the fall,
but I won't be able to preach
for too many more years.
But there was a time before you knew him
and we already have the curriculum
and the infrastructure,
Pop! Wait up.
that I would hand my beloved
only son to him without a plan?
♪ Praise Him while
your lips still sing ♪
♪ No, I don't want to walk away ♪
Oh, but God...
I don't know what you're talking about.
Why didn't you take your
daughter to the police
- You know.
- I get it.
It seemed to me like he cared.
And the caretaker was in the basement?
I know that.
It's about love.
Aired 7 years ago - Aug 24, 2016
Grace, Ray and Sophia go to court; Basie, the Bishop and Jacob discuss an opportunity at Triumph; Deacon Sykes wants to hold a "women's day" at a smaller venue; Adrian gets the wrong idea about his lunch with Kevin; Mavis has problems with her club; and Kevin shares his feelings with Charity.
Aired 7 years ago - Aug 17, 2016
The church is losing money and members; Ray seeks custody of Sophia; Jacob's offers to help Calvary are declined; and Kevin gets closer to Adrian.
Misty: I've been waiting to discuss it.
My mama has some old sheets
we can use as a curtain.
Once the budget's back on track,
and make sure the folks know
to call the hotline.
it hits me sometimes how much you lost.
Doesn't he know you did the right thing?
my client is well aware
Papa, I'm sorry about Alexa.
How are men like trees walking?
So, what am I supposed to do,
was a way to stop that
conversation from continuing.
Jacob: Pastor Skanks.
If you don't want to,
The prophet is never without honor,
I know you two had an... irregularity.
than this broken-up life.
Fine. Set it.
and I was at a loss at how to respond,
for those who love the Lord.
As a result, some things that
could have been merely scandalous
Hey, baby. I'm headed home.
♪ You have set me free ♪
God of punishment.
Aired 7 years ago - Aug 10, 2016
Grace thwarts Mac's attempt to blackmail the Bishop; and deals with Sophia's father, Ray, who has doubts about Grace's parenting. In other events, Charity, who's fed up with being disrespected, finally speaks up.
Aired 7 years ago - Aug 03, 2016
A debate over security at Calvary erupts following the church shooting; Mac's plans to leave the country life behind set off a chain of potential catastrophes.
I want armed security
patrolling that parking lot.
just let one more person
be shot at this church.
but it might make people
safer in the meantime.
How you doing?
Are you in there?
I'll buy you a boat. Just stay.
Well, there's still so much to do.
but I'm hoping you might talk to him
Sophia's dad. I'll call him back.
I will not have him tried in absentia.
and you think that it's not
that romantic anymore.
I paid because her mother couldn't.
And Danielle Turner is a liar?
with the poor and the
outcast, and people talked!
Maybe your mind isn't right.
God takes the best for himself and
leaves the rest of us to shift.
No, I know. You handle things.
whoever knows how many girls
he did this to any good.
Is this all the women who got
the First Lady's scholarship?
it might be better
to just let some things be.
I know, I know.
And that same little angel had to be...
we'd have to get that information
from you today, so...
Obviously, you two
meant a lot to each other,
Grace, what did you think
The two of you are going to
make wonderful memories there.
I knew you were too weak, but I waited.
I see him around sometimes, yeah.
has Uncle Mac ever...
on the way home from some
huge dinner in Millington,
This life God's given us
is not about perfection.
There is no "us two" anymore.
Aired 7 years ago - Jul 27, 2016
Grace reaches out to Officer Nelson while also working with Noah in an effort to find evidence against Mac; Lady Mae is suspicious of Grace and Noah; Jacob presents his TV plan to the Bishop; Lady Mae pushes the Bishop to reveal a secret; and the Bishop deals with a woman who is out to destroy Calvary.
Aired 7 years ago - Jul 20, 2016
Mac is slated to be named "Memphis Man of the Year," but first must advise Charity about the music director; help Jacob with his TV pitch to the Bishop; and deal with paranoia about Grace's effort to bring him to justice. Also on his plate: the IRS audit; and the unwanted appearance of his and Lady Mae's father.
Aired 7 years ago - Jul 13, 2016
The Bishop appoints Grace to preach on Sunday in his absence; Jacob tries to arrange a TV deal for the church; and Kevin's flippant advice to Charity on how to hire a new music director backfires.
Why would you ever do that?
at least as much
as you've forgiven yourself.
that's what we're going to do.
When I was out
at Deion's bachelor party,
But it's not saying whatever you want.
Sometimes I think it'd be easier
Candidates for Nigel's job.
Don't slow down. Just do it.
With no parents around, of course.
to provide the seed for my message.
Last time we went there,
♪ Jesus, I want You to protect me ♪
It sure is nice getting away from
that club for a few minutes.
But what I wanted to know is,
it occurs to me that, well,
No, no, no, no. It's not that.
For being with me.
I'm just saying don't go back.
Yeah, let's do that.
- Hey, I saw you called.
- Yeah, I pulled a few strings
I just think it's a mistake.
just by doing your time?
After all you've done?
I know you better
than you know yourself.
Stacy, this is Pastor Grace.
- We'll bring you something good.
- Thank you.
The both of you are just so happy,
Sophia's looking for you.
Aired 7 years ago - Jul 06, 2016
Grace and the Bishop find themselves in opposition; Lady Mae tries to mend fences while Kerissa is pushed to her limit; Kevin further explores his sexuality.
Aired 7 years ago - Jun 29, 2016
The mayor calls in a favor, which leaves the Bishop in a bind that could split the church; Grace is blackmailed about Faith's past; Jacob and Kerissa attend couple counseling; and Charity has difficulty keeping a secret.
Am I wrong?
Answer the question, Jacob.
Well, you are a Greenleaf.
So you would know who to ask.
she said that Mac
took her there on April 7th.
You know, I considered joining
the force myself
The mayor's made a request.
The way that you have.
You should get home.
It came from somewhere.
but thank god for the deacons' board.
This isn't a vigil, honey.
He just spends all this time here
It's church property.
Oof. He was too drunk to care.
When senator banks
mentions being insulted,
Well, Jesus healed on the sabbath.
Everybody knew faith,
some better than others.
But when you decided to invite
the police to our church
ought to be gettin' up to in this mess?
But that it doesn't mean
it doesn't hurt to hear
I don't beg you to leave your wife.
and for the powerful
in a war that ain't over yet.
Let me handle this, okay? Breezy?
Threaten to show these pictures
or whatever videos to my family
But it seems like most of the time,
felt that he'd made a terrible mistake.
These... these black deaths
♪ he has loosed the fateful lightning ♪
Touch your neighbor and say,
"black lives matter."
but no matter.
Aired 7 years ago - Jun 22, 2016
Grace has an uncomfortable dinner date with a former beau and his fiancée; Jacob and Kerissa face the deficiencies in their marriage; Kevin has an unwanted attraction; and Senator Banks ups the pressure in his inquiry into the church's finances.
So, do you have any plans tonight?
Is my husband whining
♪ You'll see my face among the crowd ♪
♪ La, la, la, la, la, la ♪
at the ceiling,
He just gives you the facts
- Whew! So jealous.
So, what brought you here?
Never got any sleep.
Best decision I ever made.
- Yes, ma'am?
Don't you see?
Well, I only sang that good
'cause I was singing to you.
a big, fancy argument about why you need
I'm guessing even his own soul.
It just took me by surprise.
I own this place outright.
in your first statement
to the police happened?
and she told me all about it.
Ruining everything for everybody.
It is. Yeah, it's intense.
It's not my job
to search people's hearts.
Hey, are you okay?
- It is never hours and hours.
Yeah, I should probably
go wrap things up
Oh, I'm sorry.
Aired 7 years ago - Jun 22, 2016
Grace decides to move home in order to pursue the person she blames for her sister's death, but working at the church proves to be more difficult than she imagined. In other events, Jacob takes on more responsibilities at the church as a result of
her return; Kevin has doubts about his and Charity's plan to start a family; and the Bishop refuses a senator's inquiries into the church's finances.
I hope I'm not interrupting
your prayer time
some kind of religious fanatic.
a lot of reaching out to Calvary, amen?
There's nothing wrong
with recognizing those
Now, we both know you were
a heck of a preacher.
And, you know, Jacob was
right about one thing.
so I thought I'd try this number.
to determine the air
pressure at sea level?
- One page.
- Welcome to Black Excellence.
We're going to help him see the
limits of his earthly jurisdiction.
Oh, good! Okay, well,
that's nice and simple.
Is it a requirement
that she should be present?
You have two, unless one is hiding.
I think she'd know that her
presence would be required.
and in matters of spiritual
discernment, I follow his lead.
No, you've been wide awake.
That big gray one on
Martin Road in Germantown
to protect me from
my own heedless integrity.
Because it's your job...
a job that you asked for
Right? And she really thought
she was piping it up, though.
Then he put his hands
down my pants and...
Does that go through your office?
I will. You got it.
that makes me look like a hippo,
"Do you desire to have ect
this child baptized?"
for him not being able to be here,
are the biggest cause of the delay.
- How's that?
- If you think that's best.
that the DA is going to press charges
But, Kevin, we've got
something going for us
It's like Sunday school.
I'm not a lawyer,
We want to do it all just like that.
Aired 7 years ago - Jun 21, 2016
The drama centered on a Memphis megachurch opens with the return home of estranged daughter Gracie following the death of her sister, Faith. Her father, the church bishop, seems happy to see her, but other family members are less than welcoming.
Complicating matters even more: she learns unsettling information about the family and her sister's death from her Aunt Mavis.
That's big time.
Oh, let me take a look at
my beautiful granddaughter.
I tried to reschedule, but...
about what really happened that night.
No, it's a conversation.
I mean, I'm just curious.
why that couldn't be
preached at Calvary.
The seasons of Christian marriage.
What? Come on, Charity.
I told you I didn't want trouble.
Why'd you get all up on Gigi like that?
- Are you serious?
- She was murdered.
Neither, but I told my doctor I did.
My mom's the principal.
I can't be in the red zone.
So do I, but it's...
But after she moved out of the house,
Every couple of years you hear rumors
I'm the only person in this family
are taking advantage
of your tax-exempt status
If everything is in order,
- ♪ I got a testimony
- ♪ I've got a testimony
♪ I've got a testimony...
Now, this goes back
to when Lady Mae and me
Beating them on the head.
Now, all these people
are coming through the doors.
Please, come home!"
Come on down here.