A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this heavily promoted teen soap opera "airs" online at TheWB.com (alongside other classic WB TVshows) and MySpace and has some interactive elements. There's plenty of strong sexual innuendo, underage drinking, and prescription drug misuse. Female students are also humiliated as part of sorority pledge rituals, and the plot includes a dark mystery that may lead to violence. Corporate sponsors like AT&T and H&M have a very visible presence.
What's the story?
First-year college student Julie Gold (Jessica Rose) is pressured into pledging Phi Chi Kappa, the most popular sorority on campus. Along with fellow pledges Naomi (Angie Cole), Madison (Mikaela Hoover), and Taryn (Taryn Southern), Julie must put up with the constant scrutiny of chapter president Bridget (Anabella Casanova) and VP Rachel (Annemarie Pamino). Things get steamy as the pledges begin to attract the attention of the young men of Omega Tau Omega, including Blake (Cary Hungerford) and Matthew (David Loren). Complicating matters is the growing relationship between Julie and a musician (Joaquin Pastor) who rejects the Greek lifestyle. And underlying all the personal drama is a dark sorority secret -- one that Julie gets closer to discovering with every passing day.
Is it any good?
TheWB.com's first original Web series -- which also airs on MySpace -- features lots of great looking co-eds, pledge-related humiliation, and endless banter about parties and dating. The subject matter (and, frankly, the writing) may not be particularly sophisticated, but that lack of complexity lends itself pretty well to the episodes' short length (each is about two and a half minutes long). The characters' blogs and other interactive features tie into the main action and help increase the show's appeal.
But while SORORITY FOREVER is soapy and fun to watch, it also features plenty of iffy stuff -- from women in skimpy underwear to underage drinking -- that makes it inappropriate for younger viewers. But for older teens who can handle it, the series is sure to provide some addictive entertainment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the growing trend of Internet-only "TV" shows. What's the appeal of online shows? How are Internet series and regular TV shows similar and different? Do you think online shows are more creative than what's on broadcast and cable TV? Families can also discuss what it's like to join a sorority or fraternity. Why do college students "go Greek"? Do you think this series accurately portrays what being in a sorority or fraternity is really like?