It's on ABC Family, a network with programming generally aimed at
tweens and teens, but Greek is also
enjoyable for those of us who've long since graduated from college.
Here's why you should watch:
1. Unless you're into the mambo, there's not much else on
Mondays at 8:00.
Besides, Dancing With the Stars has so much filler it's better
to record it and watch the dances later. Didn't you learn time
management skills in college? (You know, like study while
2. The cast actually appears to be college-aged.
Led by Spencer Grammer (Kelsey's daughter), and Scott M. Foster (of the
deservedly canceled Quarterlife), the cast resembles the
population of an actual college campus, not a modeling agency. For
every hottie, there's a physics geek.
3. No melodramatic, soapy story arcs.
Sure, there's a scheming senator's daughter, a rivalry between
fraternities, and romantic angst, but you won't find any of the
over-the-top plots on other shows revolving around teens and
twenty-somethings like Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.
4. It's a surprisingly accurate portrayal of Greek life.
Sororities and fraternities are usually not portrayed all that
accurately in pop culture. They're usually shown as lily-white,
exclusive, and snobby. Although Greek definitely shows the
WASP-y side, it also shows diversity in terms of race, dorkiness, and
sexual orientation. There are plenty of in-jokes for any of us who've
ever puffy-painted a paddle or endured a visit from an aggressively
perky field consultant.
5. All of the fun of college without any of the pitfalls.
Relive the good stuff like crazy themed functions, discovering Jello
shots, and living with all of your friends without having to worry
about finals, your weird roommate with the odd toenail hygiene habits,
or surviving your first hangover.
Greek debuted last summer, and returned last week for a
second season. Casey (Grammer) and Rusty (Jacob Zachar) returned to
campus determined to get past their respective break-ups. The fallout
from Jen K.'s school-paper expos&eacut;e resulted in a crackdown
from university administration. This week, Casey tries to win over her
Zeta Beta Zeta sisters while still following the strict new university
rules by throwing a function with a prohibition theme. She'll enlist
Cappie to help, but will they be able to work together without their
chemistry getting in the way?
New episodes of Greek air Mondays at 8pm EST on ABC Family.
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Amy Kane was a proud member of Delta Delta Delta in college. She
always followed all the rules, was nice to the field consultants, and
most certainly did not put dish soap in a campus fountain
during initiation week.