Greenleaf takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling mega-church, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

Despite the conflict, Oprah—who is one of the show’s executive producers and also plays a recurring role—says the family has a deeper connection that will always keep them bound together. “The premise of Greenleaf is it’s a mega-church with a family that loves and cares for each other in ways that they don’t even know they love and care for each other,” she says.

The meaning of Greenleaf is universal, Oprah explains. “There is a level of dysfunction that brings about a sense of disconnection and sometimes distrust, but at the root of all that is blood,” she says. “We are connected because we are blood, and that has some value and meaning to us. I know that the way you resonate with an audience is to show them themselves on TV: so being able to tell stories through drama now that express for me what I think is the most powerful message of being a human being, that is, that we all matter.”