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Why I Love Greek on ABC Family

Why I Love . . . Greek

I've already admitted Greek is a guilty pleasure of mine, and many of you also came out and admitted that you too love this show. That got me thinking: What is it about this ABC Family series that is so addicting?

After all, Greek has some cheesy and predictable plot lines, is asking me to care about beautiful young people whose biggest concerns include smuggling beer into parties, and concludes most episodes with some tidy lessons about friendship, life, and college. Why are grown-ups like me drawn to a khaki-filled, cutesy show clearly aimed at the young'ns?

The folks behind the show must know they have some older fans, because they slip in some great little references designed to appeal to those of us who can drink legally. It's like making Spencer Grammer's character, Casey, a big fan of Frasier, or quick little lines like when a sorority girl told the Dean (played by Alan Ruck) that she thought Ferris Bueller's Day Off was like the Great Gatsby for a new generation — a joke that works best when you know Ruck played Bueller's best friend. But there's more to it than just its pop-culture cred. While the kids of Greek look like college students and concern themselves with sorority sister problems, they're acting out scenarios familiar to the adult world. To see why I think some primetime adult shows could stand to take notice, just

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The Greeks of Greek are, for the most part, a far cry from the hard-partying youth of Animal House. The elite frats and sororities in the fictional Cyprus-Rhodes University are mini-training grounds for the best and brightest to secure themselves a place in the boardrooms and capital buildings of America. It's a high-stakes world where power changes hands on a regular basis, and by the time you might begin to wonder why you care if Casey will become Zeta Beta Zeta president, it's too late. You care — and you're on the edge of your seat.

The already likable, well-thought-out characters are made even more appealing by the show's often hilarious and clever dialogue (one department where many network series could use some help). Clark Duke, for example, is hysterical as a nerdy, Confederate Flag-loving Baptist who fronts a band called Darwin Lied. He could be the least-tolerant of the bunch, but he often comes out seeming the most compassionate. And I don't care how old or cool you are: No one is safe from Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) and his free-wheeling, movie-quoting charms.

When I think about how easy the Greek writers make creating genuine and believable (OK, a little cheesy, but still believable) friendships and motives for the characters look, it makes me wonder why the same can't be done for grown-up entertainment like Lipstick Jungle or Cashmere Mafia, which so often seem to be shoehorning their characters into situations that simply make no sense. Greek just gets it right.

And besides: When you give the actress who launched to stardom via her YouTube series Lonelygirl15 lines to the effect of "My roommate is an agoraphobe and never leaves our room. She's like, Lonelygirl15" . . . well, I'm sold.

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HellooQueen HellooQueen 8 years
I'm in looove with this show. Some things are really like college, like the professor hazing the class, and how many times Cappie has changed his major.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
it's not THAT predictable. some of the smart shows like House and Prison Break are more predictable to me :) i thought i'd hate greek but... :) i like it.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 8 years
LOVE.
4everchicgeek008 4everchicgeek008 8 years
Rusty: Casey, these are my pledge brothers. It's like we're a boy band and I'm the fat one. Casey: It's pronounced "Fatone" I love Greek!! :)
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 8 years
RUSTY IS AWESOME! He's so likable lol
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I really like this show.
chicsugar chicsugar 8 years
I like this show and I looooove Cappie.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
In a word: Cappie. In several more (aside from my little crush), it's smart; the references straight out of a disney movie (have you watched those movies as an adult? they throw in stuff i NEVER got as a kid!), such as Cappie's case study being 8675309; and the characters are diverse, completely relatable and true-to-life. I've read where gay men have written that Calvin is the most realistic portrayal of a gay man on TV. I wasn't a Greek in college, but I also hear it's a very realistic portrayal of the system (aside from a few minor inconsistencies). Yeah, it's feel-good TV, but who doesn't want to feel good every now and then?
Brittfish Brittfish 8 years
Ok, ok - I'll check it out
Cadet Cadet 8 years
It's got the perfect dose or irony in the dialogue that just warms your heart. Too much, or not enough, will make you squirm!
Molly Molly 8 years
I heart Greek a lot.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
I absolutely love this show! I got hooked on it at the beginning and try to never miss an episode. I've even bought the first season on dvd and have been watching it over and over again. I'm actually impressed with Spencer Grammer and the rest of the cast. They are believable as their characters and never over-act. Cannot wait for the new episode tonight!
em113 em113 8 years
i love love love this show, but I'm probably their target demographic (I'm in college). I personally love the show because its funny but it has a lot of heart. Like you said, you do find yourself really caring about the characters. The acting is also excellent. The cast is basically all new-comers and they do a great job.
AlphaChickee AlphaChickee 8 years
I'm a huuuuge "Greek" fan! Cappie is also in that new "quarter life crisis" series, or whatever it's called.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I love this show, too bad it's on at the same time as HIMYM - but I catch up on it the next week
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I'm thirtysomething and just love this show. I have such a thing for Cappie. I can't wait for tonight!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
i completely agree buzz! i think i watch because i was in a sorority in college so i get some of those jokes but also for all of the reasons you mentioned here! it's obviously on my dvr for tonight!
cbombnewell cbombnewell 8 years
This is another one I have yet to watch.What is it like a new school OC?If so,I'm totally down!
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