Throwback Thursday: Greek

Greek aired on ABC Family from 2007 to 2011 for 4 seasons and 74 episodes. It follows students attending Cyprus-Rhodes University (CRU) who participate in the Greek system. The main characters are Rusty and Casey Cartwright, siblings who are on very different life paths.

Casey is the campus darling, dating Evan (the president of Omega Chi Delta), and well on her way to being president of her own sorority, Zeta Beta Zeta. Rusty (aka Spitter), on the other hand, is new to campus and just wants to fit in. Him fitting in would be a lot easier if Casey had actually told people she had a little brother, or if he wasn’t in the Honors Engineering Program, or if he hadn’t caught Casey’s boyfriend sleeping with Casey’s new ‘little sister’, or if he hadn’t defected Omega Chi Delta for Kappa Tau Gamma (run by Casey’s ex-boyfriend and Evan’s ex-best friend/former roommate, Cappie). Pretty much, Rusty has a lot stacked up against him, and it’s only his first week of school.

The show explores all of the different dynamics that come with college: keeping up with the coursework, navigating the Greek system politics, weird roommates, relationships (including love triangles), sexuality, and life after graduation.

Judd Apatow has talked about how difficult it is to produce a show that accurately portrays a period in someones life that isn’t generally seen as ‘safe’ for broadcast television. Somehow, Greek was able to be watched by almost any member in the family, while still showing drinking, drugs, and sex accurately. It also has positive depictions of gay characters. No gimmicky stereotypes here folks, nor one dimensional relationships. LGBT+ characters had fully developed relationships, and were given just as much thought and care as the straight relationships.

The show also used real life band The Plain White T’s as the Greek systems go-to house party band. Every party utilizes the band on screen, featuring their songs throughout the episodes and during commercials/promo spots, as well as using the cast in music videos. Fans cannot listen to the album Every Second Counts without having flashbacks and intense cravings to re-watch the show.

There is rumor that a reunion movie is in the works, catching up with the characters for their 5 year college reunion.

Where to watch: Freeform website (Watch the trailer)

Where to find the fandom: Most (almost all) of the fandom defected soon after the last episode aired, but luckily the internet is forever – FanfictionLivejournalA03, Tumblr: fuckyeahzbzcappie-tau-gammafuckyeahgreek

 

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