Greek

Common Sense Media says

College dramedy rushes to show sex, drinking.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message is mixed: The main character is the show's moral center and makes mostly good choices, while other characters balance between good and bad. Some ancillary characters are completely bad -- they cheat, backstab, blackmail, and are just extremely shallow. Decent cast diversity. One gay character is in the closet.

Violence

Occasional fist fights, without blood.

Sex

Lots of talk about sex, though usually euphemistically. Making-out scenes are common; some feature more passionate embraces with clothes coming off, baring bras and underwear. Some allusions to homosexual sex. Scenes in a sorority house show all the girls in their undergarments.

Language

Fair amount of profanity like "ass," "bitch," "slut," etc.

Consumerism

Names of high-end brands like Prada are mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of drinking, much of it underage and often without consequences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this college-set comedic drama features lots of drinking, a large portion of it underage. College students frequently do shots (in one scene, a guy does a body shot off a girl's exposed belly and bites a lime out of her mouth). There are several scenes of intense making out and semi-nudity (down to bras and underwear), plenty of discussions about sex (often euphemistically), and regular use of sexually oriented insults like "slut," "whore," and "bitch." Violence is generally limited to the fist fight variety, but there's lots of nasty competitiveness and shallowness -- though viewers are supposed to know that this isn't exemplary behavior.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When freshman Rusty (Jacob Zachar) gets to college, he's looking forward to the fun of parties and girls. But even as he tries to join a fraternity, he can't leave his geeky ways behind. His sweetly uncool manner gets him noticed, for better and worse, and soon, Rusty's a GREEK. Serving as the show's moral center amid the depravity that the college Greek system is widely (and somewhat stereotypically) known for, Rusty stands up for himself and his shallow, mean sister, Casey (Spencer Grammer, Kelsey's daughter), and even tolerates his strange roommate, all while studying in a world-class engineering program.

Is it any good?

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With several appealing characters, this comedic drama series is engaging -- and it actually presents a rather balanced take on the Greek system. But the show suffers from cheesiness, heavy-handedness, and a sort of cheap-production-value appearance.

And Greek's lessons aren't always clear-cut. Other than Rusty, who's simply angelic, the show's characters are simultaneously debauched and down-to-earth, shallow and sincere, macho and tender, friendly and secretive. This makes for fun viewing but poor role models. Cheating, blackmail, backstabbing, underage drinking, promiscuity, and other iffy behavior are constantly on display. Kind of makes you wonder why it's on ABC Family.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the issues the show raises. What are the dangers of drinking too much? What risks come along with hook ups and casual sex? What messages does the show send to teens about responsible behavior? And how much of what happens in the show is meant to be taken seriously? Teens: What impression does this show give of college life? Do you think it's realistic? What aspects, if any, seem exaggerated? Families can also discuss the Greek system. What do you think of fraternities and sororities? What influenced your opinion? Does the show offer any surprises about the Greek system, or do you think it perpetuates stereotypes?

TV details

Cast:Jacob Zachar, Jake McDorman, Spencer Grammer
Network:ABC Family
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bylordmax April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Fun collage show.

After downloading the first eppisode from iTunes (it is free) I watched a bit of it with my sister. It is not exactly a comedy, but has its moments. There is a lot of sexual humor in this, but if you are in middle school, it is nothing new. Not many actual swears, which was supprising. This is a good show, even if the parts of collage it focuses on is a bit stereotyped.
Teen, 13 years old Written bystrawbry_blondy April 9, 2008
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Greek is one of my favorite shows!! The characters in the show are so diversed which is great! Its awesome that they actually portray someone who is gay. You never see that in television shows, so its really refreshing. Also the main character Casey has such role model qualities. She admits to her sororitys faults, when the president doesnt even admit to the mistakes, and Casey takes all consequences for her sisters actions (but luckily they turn out good).
Teen, 16 years old Written byBruu October 24, 2009
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I love it, it's funny but you also learn things about people who could be you and me :)

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