More than five years after its much-anticipated debut, the Oprah Winfrey Network finally premieres what should have been its flagship show.
“Greenleaf” is an operatic behind-the-scenes account of a daughter’s return to a power-crazed family after she has broken ties with their Memphis megachurch empire. With a talented ensemble and exquisite location work, it’s a solid night-time soap with top notes of consciousness-raising and the added bonus of returning Winfrey to the flat screen (albeit in a co-starring role).
Still, it’s tough not to judge the solid but now-familiar family-secrets series with what it might have been.
Back in 2011,...