So this week’s Weekly Ten is going to be a little bit different. Normally I’m complaining about something. Wanting something. Pretending something or just plain going with whatever comes to mind at that moment, but this week, the Weekly Ten is honoring something. It’s honoring Greek (The TV show, not the food…even though I do love me some feta) because Greek is ending this week. It’s the last time we’ll see Cappie, Casey, Rusty and the rest of the gang before they head off into canceled TV show oblivion.
And I for one am having a bit of a hard time accepting that.
I’ve watched this show since the very first episode, during my very first week of freshman year. And now, four years later the show is coming to an end, just as my college career is coming to an end. And so maybe I’m a little extra sentimental, but that doesn’t make this show any less worthy of the praise. Greek is awesome. And if you haven’t watched it all along, you should start watching now. And here’s why.
10. Cappie and Casey. The quintessential college couple that you just can’t help but root for. Will they or won’t they? Are they too different? Or just different enough? From the very beginning their love story has been at the center of the show. And I for one, am glad that they will be ending it together.
9. The Kappa Tau brothers. Everyone loves an underdog, and that’s exactly what the KT brothers were throughout the entirety of this series. With their strange nicknames and even stranger personalities, this group of misfits gave the show its character.
8. The fact that class is so little a part of their lives. I mean, let’s be real for a minute. College is a lot more than classes. It’s friends and parties and projects. It’s boys and brunches and dates and coffee runs. It’s library visits and sleepovers and lots and lots of girl time. And Greek totally gets that.
7. The honest portrayal of Greek life. Greek proves that sororities and fraternities, just like the rest of college have their pros and cons. It portrays the problems and stereotypes that accompany Greek life openly and honestly, but it also shows just how great it can be to have a second home, and a second family.
6. The conflicting points of view. These characters don’t always get along. That much was obvious in the first episode. They have different opinions on everything from politics to fashion sense, but Greek never belittles or bemoans any of them. Each character and each point of view gets its say.
5. The way the characters really do find themselves in college. College is a time of change, at least that’s what they tell us. And throughout the four years that this show has been on, these characters truly have changed. Rusty started the show as a nerd with no friends, and now he’s on his way to being president of a fraternity. Casey and Ashleigh went from being shallow sorority girls following in the footsteps of their Big Sis to women stepping out into the real world on their own.
4. Their issues are our issues. This show is not a drama. There’s no life and death issues. No teen moms or married couples or murder plots. These girls worry about the things real college girls worry about. Like what to wear on a Friday night, what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and why the hottest guys are always the worst kissers! (Editor’s Note: Seriously, what’s up with that?)
3. The lack of stereotypes. Calvin is in the most prestigious fraternity on campus, is openly gay, and is the best athlete on the show. Casey Cartwright is straight A law student who loves the Sex and the City sequel as much as Katy Perry songs. Dale Kettlewell is pledging a fraternity, is a chemical engineering major, and a devout Christian. Stereotypes? What stereotypes?
2. The pop cultural references. Gilmore Girls. Glee. The Jersey Shore. An an entire skit dedicated to Grey’s Anatomy and a Justin Bieber fake out. One of the best things about this show is the way it portrays college students as real college students, who talk the way real college students talk, who watch what really college students watch. The references are relevant to us and for us.
1. The friendships. At the heart of it that’s what this show is all about. The friendships. The fun. The love that this group of characters share. It truly portrays the bond that develops among college friends, a bond that only other college friends can really understand.
You’ll have to excuse me for getting a bit sappy there. I’m a senior, what did you expect?
[Check out Jenn’s other musings-in-the-form-of-a-list here.]