Every now and again, I find myself completely embroiled in a tv show, watching every episode from start to finish within a couple of weeks. The latest in my compulsive watching scedule is ABC Family show, Greek. Axed in 2011, the college-centred “dromedy” ran for just four seasons. Although the show probably had a couple more seasons left in it, there were only so many times the Cappie-Casey love affair could fail, then reignite in time for the season finale.
For those that don’t know, Greek is not, as the name might suggest, an historical epic on Ancient Greece. Instead, as I have alluded to above, it centres on college life; in particular, the Greek System. I.e. Fraternities and Sororities. The story begins as Rusty Cartwright starts his university life at Cyprus Rhodes. A Science nerd with a borderline racist Christian for a room mate, Rusty is not the first person you’d expect to join a fraternity, known for their “hot guys” and late-night parties. But it is his sibling relationship with Sorority sister and all-round popular girl, Casey Cartwright, that saves him from his social ineptitude, as he is welcomed into Kappa Tau, the frat house of Casey’s former boyfriend, Cappie.
Always a sucker for a good love story, I was hooked from the moment it appeared there was some unfinished business between Miss Casey Cartwright and Cappie, president of Kappa Tau, whose full name we only learn in the last episode of the final series. Their on-off relationship was one to rival Ross and Rachel! The longing looks and stolen kisses were enough to keep the show at its most popular, as it soon became clear these two were the real heroes of the show. Rusty, and all other characters ultimately played second fiddle to the Casey-Cappie relationship, as ever more storylines and series-end-episodes focused on the favoured couple.
Not just a programme about romance, Greek also deals with the politics involved in the running of sororities and fraternities, as well as covering important college issues, such as finding a job after graduation and the obstacles in getting an internship.
For me, Greek was not only an education in the Greek system - what it was and how it functioned - but also a lesson in figuring out how to go about my university life - prioritising, jobs, living with other people. Greek was, and continues to be in the realms of DVD and cyber space, a fantastic programme not afraid to tackle issues of homophobia and religion, whilst delivering four seasons of comedy, drama and romance.