Getting Ready to Pledge Greek Again

So ABC Family's Greek is one of the best shows on TV. Let's just get that out there now. It's funny, deceptively smart, and, especially considering the network it's on, has actual teeth. The show, about a Midwestern college's pleasant-but-vaguely-incestuous fraternity/sorority scene, presents sex, drinking, drugs and all manner of other undergrad Bacchanalia with an admirable looseness. Those themes are treated as plain truths about college, and embraced in a warm "the kids are drunk and hooking up, yes, but they're also all right" kind of way. But the best thing about Greek right now? It's coming back for its third season Monday night at 9pm.

One of the most ingenious things that creator Patrick Sean Smith and his crack team of writers did when mapping out the show was to take their damn time. With the exception of one character, bitchy ex-sorority queen Frannie, the writers haven't had to concoct strange excuses for why these people are still in college and never seem to get older. We're starting the fifth installment of episodes (seasons often take mini-hiatuses) now and the oldest characters--nice-girl sorority head Casey, messy but lovable floppy frat dude Cappie--are still in the first semester of their senior year. Which means that we could go, oh, maybe two more seasons after this one before we have to face an inevitable graduation goodbye. So, yeah, the show has an innovative and comforting pace, and yet so much happens!

Where we left off: Academic worries and love triangles and woes about the future all came to a head at the Brett Easton Ellis-homagey "End of the World" party. Casey wasn't feeling her relationship with adorable supernerd Max, especially when old flame Cappie was there in the corner looking all rumpled and painfully in love with her. So she dumped Max (just in time for actor Michael Rady to ditch the dork costume and go hunk it up over at Melrose Place), and threw herself at the foot of Cappie's love altar. But thinking she was just doing it out of some misguided sense of adventure or boredom, he shot her down. Or diiiiid he? The season ended with a cliffhanger, Cappie sitting on the frat's roof, contemplating his options.

Also unresolved were little brother Rusty's academic woes (he skipped a make-up lab to go party it up with his sorority pledge girlfriend); gay fratboy-athlete Calvin's heavy-breathing hots for his new equally-gay roommate; nerdy, purity-pledging, born-again Dale's increasingly physical relationship with his cougar landlady; and little lord Fauntleroy Evan Chambers' mounting worry over future and finances after giving up his hefty trust fund for a life untethered from his meddling WASP parents. So it was a mix of silly light-hearted stuff and genuine pre-post-college angst (what a big, comfy ledge to jump off of), all done with the same kind of chipper (but not chipper in a grating,Gilmore Girlsy kind of way) energy and slight oddballness that the show has had in spades since the beginning.

Now, I just watched a screener of the season premiere, and I won't ruin anything, but I will give a few hints. You have many things to look forward to! Things like a sorority song, a Canadian, and a really good running Star Trek: TNG gag. (The show's breadth of pop culture references is wonderfully diverse, jumping from space dorkism to Hillsian vapidity sometimes within only a couple of lines.) Some big questions are answered, other mysteries are deepened, and one wicked little surprise could change things in a big way for a supporting character. All told, it's boozy, biting fun. Just like college should be.*

*And yes, I realize that Greek is, at times, pure fantasy--fratboys are hardly ever that nice, sorority girls rarely that lucid and thoughtful--but I don't care. It's got one foot planted firmly in escapism, yes, but the other one is definitely in the realm of reality. Which, when you think about it, is sort of the ideal TV equation.

Oh and look! Preview clips!

CLIP: The Day After -- Part 1

Comments (15)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
Love this show!!!!
Reply
Flag
funny show glad to see that it is coming back!
Reply
Flag
Brilliant show. I love it to death! Can not wait.
Reply
Flag
I loved last season, and I can't wait for this one! Greek is one of my all-time favorite shows!!! :D
Reply
Flag
Can't wait.
Reply
Flag
That's good news!
Reply
Flag
so excited it's coming back
Reply
Flag
awesome show.. def in the top 10 shows on tv right now..
Reply
Flag
Greek is a fantastic show, so well written. I really hope Casey and Cappie finally get it together!
Reply
Flag
Greek is the only show I watch on ABC Fam. It's great!
Reply
Flag
I really didn't think I would, but I quite enjoy the series. Not having the Greek system in Australian universities it is interesting to see the differences and similarities, but what make the show most enjoyable is the characters.
Reply
Flag
Never watched it when it was originally on, but I recently started watching the series. and it is the most amazing show ever! I can't wait for the new season. I got to catch up first!.
Reply
Flag
cant wait!
Reply
Flag
This by far one of the best series i have watched. I really have fallen in love with the characters.
Reply
Flag
As an English girl that dreamt of going to college in the US turning teenage reading SVH and SVU, Greek makes me feel nostalgic (old) for a time I never got to experience. BUT I have to say that I think it drags out the plotlines, relying too heavily upon the Casey/Cappie 'will they won't they?' device. Also, I wish each season covered a school year instead of a day in their lives!
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook