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[[caption-width-right:325:Pictured:[[WackyCollege Fun!]][[superscript:[[note]]From left to right: Dale, Calvin, Ashleigh, Cappie, Casey, Evan, Rebecca, Rusty.[[/note]]]] - '''Not''' pictured: [[AlphaBitch Frannie...]]]]

''Greek'' is an Creator/ABCFamily original series that can be best described with this equation: "BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats + TeenDrama + {{Dramedy}} + a little nutmeg + some pepper + a pinch of cheese = ''GRΣΣK''".

The series focuses on the fraternity ambitions of Rusty, a nerdy freshman (now probably a Junior, the passage of time is very much stop-and-go in the series, with some episodes taking place back to back and others jumping weeks if not months ahead of the last), and the goings-on of his friends and relatives. (His sister, Casey, is played by KelseyGrammer's daughter) Contrary to many teen dramas on nowadays, it's not really a drama. College/Greek life isn't treated as a matter of life or death. Some "serious" issues, such as Betsy's alcoholism, are even played for laughs.

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!!This show provides examples of
* AbsenteeActor: Mainly Dale, but both Evan and Rebecca have been missing for stretches.
** Anyone outside the core group of Rusty, Cappie, Casey (and usually Ashleigh) will be absent (without commentary) for random episodes every season. Presumably, this is when these people actually go to class.
** Probably the most egregious example is in "War and Peace", where Lizzi specifically says that ''every'' member of ZBZ must take Frannie back for Lizzi to proclaim the house fit (and finally be gone), and the crux of the episode is whether Casey will welcome Frannie back...except Rebecca is ''not seen at all'' in this episode. It might have been justified that pledges were excluded, except several recurring ''pledge'' sisters were seen at the ceremony.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Cappie finds several names to refer to Evan by.
** HilariousInHindsight: One of which is "Evan Longoria", before the baseball player with the same name led his team to the World Series. Cappie was going for the ''DesperateHousewives'' connection.
* ActorAllusion: Several times. See the Jen K example below; Casey's Frasier references (she's Kelsey Grammer's daughter); Ferris Bueller references in front of the Dean (Cameron Frye from that movie). Abby(played by Olesya Rulin) saying she choreographed 3 [[HighSchoolMusical high school musicals]] and the third one being their senior year, shortly followed with Casey saying "we're all in this together".
* TheAlcoholic: Betsy.
* AlphaBitch:
** Frannie.
** Tegan at the Nationals level proves that being an AlphaBitch is one of two general paths of a ZBZ alumna (with Lizzi being the other general path).
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Evan seems to be this to Cappie at first, but as you get to know them you realise Cappie's actually this to Evan, or at least the Evan he wanted to be at the beginning of college given the fact he's the KT golden boy and dates Casey first.
* ADayInTheLimelight: All About Beav.
--> '''Beaver:''' "I am the star of my own life. I deserve to be center stage... Thanks Mom."
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal[=/=]FullNameBasis[=/=]RepetitiveName: Ben Bennett.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: [[spoiler: Cappie's parents]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Evan bribes [[spoiler:a Lambda Sig who genuinely likes Casey to leave her alone for a thousand dollars.]]
* AnticipatoryBreathSpray: Of course, this being Dale, he sprays it right into his eyes.
* BachelorAuction: Geek Auction in Season 3.
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: Wade, Jen K and Lisa Lawson, Frannie was back for the one before]]
* TheBackwardsR: Σ for E in the name. Note that Σ is Sigma, and is the equivalent of S in English.
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Lizzi.
* BaseballEpisode: In season three Omega Chi and ZBZ team up against Gamma Psi and Kappa Tau.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Lizzi, after Casey and Ashleigh make her over to bust her out of PluckyOfficeGirl mode.
* BettyAndVeronica: Evan (Betty) and Cappie (Veronica) for Casey (in this case, only because Cappie is the CannonLoveInterest, Evan actually fits the Veronica personality type much better, being rich and kind of a prick).
** Casey (Betty) and Rebecca (Veronica) for Cappie.
** Max (Betty) and Cappie (Veronica) for Casey.
** Tina (Betty) and Katherine (Veronica) for Rusty.
* BlackBestFriend: Calvin, to Rusty, and Ashleigh to Casey.
** Well, not really. He's more a best friend who happens to be black (and gay); he's never played up as "hip" or anything along those lines (only RELATIVELY so compared to Rusty and Dale who are both very nerdy, especially early on).
* {{Bridezilla}}: Kiki, Frannie's Big Sis.
* BrilliantButLazy: Cappie
* BrotherChuck: Pretty much Rusty's entire pledge class, lampshaded at the beginning of season four with discussion of how no-one has seen them for ages.
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: Without the hats and with a lot more drinking.
* BrotherSisterIncest: The writer's really seem to like having Rusty unknowingly hit on his sister.
* ComingOutStory: Played seriously (Calvin in season 1, Grant in season 3) and for laughs (Heath in season 1, Rebecca in season 2). Most notable in the former two cases; the episode ''A New Normal'' centres largely on Calvin's Gayngst and the OX's lack of acceptance after he's outed, but includes a brief cutaway to Heath coming out to the [=KTs=], who are completely nonchalant (and were more worried that he might have found out Beaver once hit on his underage sister).
* ContestWinnerCameo: One of the judges in "Mr. Purr-fect".
* CoolBigSis: Casey to Rusty
* CoolLoser: Rusty
* CorruptTheCutie: Cappie and one of his girl friend's reactions to Rusty.
* CreditCardPlot: With Ashleigh in the end of season one.
* TheCynic: Rebecca
* DarkHorseVictory: Ashleigh comes out of nowhere to win the ZBZ presidency.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Rusty Rusty Rusty and Dale too.
* DoubleAgent: Rebecca.
* {{Dramedy}}
* DumbassHasAPoint: Beaver explains to Casey why Cappie and Evan will probably never be friends during his DayInTheLimelight, it's one of the few sensible points he makes.
* DumbBlonde: Laura and Beth, averted by Katherine and Casey (well, most of the time).
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Evan cheating on Casey in the first episode.
** Lizzi's entire spiel to Ashleigh and Casey when she's first introduced set her entire tone, and Ashleigh and Casey's faces said it all...[[OhCrap This is going to]] ''[[OhCrap suck]]''.
* ExpansionPackPast: Cappie's majors (and one-time photography minor).
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In Freshman Daze: In a flashback to show that Evan has left his rebellious ways behind.
* FakeDefector: Rebecca to Iota Kappa Iota.
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Actually said by Cappie to Rusty when Rusty has trouble letting go of Jen K even after she used him to expose the corruption in the Greek system. He would, eventually, get over it.
* [[spoiler: FirstGirlWins: Gender-flipped; Casey and Calvin both end the series in relationships with the guys they hooked up with in their first week at college (Cappie and Heath), and the finale implies that Rebecca could end up the same way (with Evan).]]
* FreudianExcuse: Implied about [[spoiler: why Cappie doesn't want to leave college.]]
* FundraiserCarnival: Proposed by Casey to help Greek Row smooth things over with Dean Bowman after the scandal that ended Chapter 1. ZBZ and Tri-Pi set up rival kissing booths, which Tri-Pi wins in a rout after the restrictions Lizzi places upon ZBZ. The Kappa Taus went with yeti pelting (later changed to yeti wrestling after Rusty forgot the snow machine).
* GargleBlaster: Aerosol Death Juice turns a geek party into the wildest party the party frat's thrown in years.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Any mention of the Gag Reflex
** 'I'm sorry for being such a dick...tator'
** I guess the use of 'fun-buddies' might qualify too.
** Am I the only one that thought of all the sexual innuendo during the cram session for "Joshua Whopper"? From the discussion of phalluses 'going soft', too much to cram in, it goes on...
* TheGenericGuy: Heath, he's still adorable.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Zeta Beta Zeta, for certain definitions of the word "sister". Specifically, Casey serves as the pretty one to Frannie's ''and'' Rebecca's smart ones.
* GoingNative: To stop new neighbour, Prof. Tom Hilgendorf for ruining their fun with his rules, Kappa Tau decide to make him one of them. HilarityEnsues.
* HelloAttorney: well, "hello law student!" for Katherine.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ashleigh and Casey
* HiddenDepths: Rebecca
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Wade is both a Kappa Tau nickname (he can't swim) and his real name.
* HisStoryRepeatsItself: [[spoiler: Casey & Cappie's relationship. Cappie & Evan's friendship]]
* HollywoodNerd: Rusty straddles both types. Dale is a type 1 and Max is a type 2. Psi Phi Pi is an [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats entire fraternity of type 1's]].
* HollywoodSpelling: Ashleigh (self-explanatory); Lizzi ("Two Zeta-Beta Z's", no E.)
** Ashleigh is a fairly traditional spelling.
*** Traditionally ''[[ViewerGenderConfusion male]]''...
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Casey, to maximum.
* HugeSchoolGirl: Katherine.
* HufflepuffHouse: Every house ''not'' named Omega Chi, Kappa Tau, or ZBZ...
* JerkassHasAPoint: Frannie's frequent bouts of advice to Casey.
* KidnappedByAnAlly: [[spoiler: Kappa Tau pledge class kidnap Cappie and Rusty, resulting in their loss to Omega Chi]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Evan: "Now the fate of the entire Greek system is in the hands of a flaky, alcoholic degenerate" Cappie: "I'm not an alcoholic"
* ItsAlwaysSpring[=/=]SoCalization: Seriously, an Ohio with no snow?
** Lampshaded by Cappie in "The Tortoise and the Hair", including "the weather never seems to change" in his list of reasons he would never want to leave college.
** Also in "Our Fathers" when telling Rebecca's dad about the school, Cappie says, "It's the only place in Ohio that's exactly like Southern California."
** [[spoiler:Recent pictures from the set of the 4th season indicate that, finally, it ''does'' snow in Ohio.]]
* IronicEcho: "I didn't give you permission to call me by a nickname."
* LampshadeHanging: Rusty's girlfriend, "Jen K," is played by Jessica Rose, aka, "{{lonelygirl15}}." At one point she says living with her roommate is "like living with lonelygirl15."
* LonelyRichKid: Evan and Rebecca both fall in this category, sometimes.
* LoveTriangle: Among others, Cappie/Casey/Evan.
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Ashleigh and Casey's law professor Simon Segal.]]
* TheMole: Jen K.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: During the beer pong game in episode two:
-->'''Cappie:''' Gentlemen (beat) and Omega Chis.
* NerdsAreVirgins: averted with Rusty, [[spoiler: who has slept with every girl he has dated. And also, Dale, but his reaction was quite disheartening]]
* TheNicknamer: Kappa Tau!
* NoodleIncident: The CRU Honors Engineering students managed to get a building condemned after an incident involving a genetically modified raccoon.
** According to Cappie, Beaver nearly became a Canadian citizen.
** What happened on Cinco de Mayo between Cappie and Casey?
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Cappie.
** With a dose of WickedCultured, such as the time he wins an argument ''in latin'' and then gives the following;
--> '''Cappie''': ''Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?''
--> {{Beat}}.
--> '''Cappie''': Translation! How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Cappie most notably; plus a few of the minor Kappa Taus are only known thusly.
** Another notable example is Wade, his real name is Wade, and so is his nickname.
** GivenNameReveal: We get to find out in the finale that his name is [[spoiler: Captain John Paul Jones]]
* OneOfTheBoys: Jordan.
* NaiveNewcomer: Rusty to the Greek system.
* PinkMeansFeminine: ZBZ's sorority color is [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick piiiink]]. Lampshaded in the convention episode: "I've never realized there could be so many shades of pink."
* PairTheSpares: Evan and Rebecca.
** Ashleigh and Rusty in the final series.
* PlotParallel: Evan/Casey/Cappie triangle to [[spoiler:Rusty/Jordan/Andy.]]
* PluckyOfficeGirl: Lizzi fulfills this trope to the rest of ZBZ Nationals at the convention.
* PrimAndProperBun: Katherine.
* PutOnABus: Jordan.
* QuirkyCurls: Lizzi, to the point where Ashleigh's first line to her as they get ready to make her over is, "It's time to get serious...''and it starts with the hair''."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Or in this case, ''didn't''. The writers' strike bisected the first season; the producers decided to keep shooting them in 10-12 episode "chapters" and haven't looked back since.
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: That guy Casey met at the shelter and later slept with.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Happens infrequently throughout the series, as minor characters pop up throughout the different houses/Greek system in general as needed. The most glaring example is Grant, introduced at the end of season 2 as a love interest for Calvin, who has apparently been in the OX house for the entire series so far, including having pre-existing friendships with Evan and Ashleigh, and having been part of the group of [=OXs=] who taped Rusty to a wall midway through season 1.
** OX President Dean, it's even lampshaded early in season 2 when someone says "I thought Evan was president of OX?"
* RetCon: [[spoiler: Remember when Heath said he was graduating at the end of Rusty's sophomore fall semester? Well, they explained his return as him failing his finals after some of his frat brothers were expelled. However, he still shows up in season 4, which takes place the fall of Rusty's junior year.]] I love Heath, but WritersCannotDoMath.
* RichBitch: Rebecca, before her father had an affair and lost his office and his influence.
* RichPeople: The Chambers and the Logans.
* RomanticRunnerup: Evan.
* ScienceFair: In Season 3.
* ShipperOnDeck: Rusty, and seemingly the entire KT house, supports Cappie/Casey (Wade explicitly calls her the love of Cappie's life). The ZBZ's seem to support Evan/Casey, but it's revealed to be more any pairing which links the houses.
* ShoutOut: Two characters participate in a psychological study numbered 8675309.
** Two characters get jobs at PartyDown catering, they even have to wear pink bowties.
* ShownTheirWork: The series is set in Ohio, so why not get an Ohio weatherman to do a cameo weatherman appearance? (Although it's set in ''Central'' Ohio (Analogous to Ohio University), and the weatherman was from the [[UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio Toledo]] ABC station...)
* TheSlacker: Cappie. When some speak of graduating, he tells them, "Bite your tongue!"
** This was a ship sticking point for the final chapter, as Casey broke up with him because he couldn't commit to graduating. He finally does in the last episode...[[spoiler:but it took the KT house being destroyed to get him to commit.]]
* SpeedDating: Rusty and Cappie go through this at Dobler's
* StraightGay: Calvin, Heath and initially Grant, although after coming out to his brothers he morphed overnight into full-on [[CampGay Camp Gay]].
** Grant's change is sort justfied with an arc about him expressing new sides to himself he may have kept hidden while closeted, it's contrasted with Calvin, who he suggests may be so concerned with not being a stereotype he's cutting himself off from new experiences he might enjoy.
* SuddenlySexuality: Rebecca says she's a lesbian now. Cappie and Evan disagree. Within a day, so does she.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Heath's sister being [[YoungerThanTheyLook younger than she looks]].
* TeenDrama
* TeensAreShort: All of the freshmen (Rebecca, Rusty, Calvin) are shorter than their "bigs" (Casey, Cappie, Evan). Averted with Lizzi, who's shorter than most of the ZBZ sisters even though she's older than all of them.
* TomBoy: Jordan
* ThatCameOutWrong: At various times, in particular Heath saying he was going to pound one of the Omega Chi's, elaborating that he meant with his fist and realising that wasn't quite clear enough either.
* ThreeAmigos: Cappie, Evan, and Casey in the {{backstory}}.
* TricksterMentor: Cappie to Rusty.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Cappie, Evan, and Casey.
* VolleyingInsults: Cappie and Evan. Rebecca and Casey.
* WackyFratBoyHijinx: Kappa Tau.
* WeirdScience: Why Max decided to study science.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Cappie and Evan.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Freshman Daze, for the most part.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Cappie and Casey, definitely.
* {{Yandere}}: One from Cappie's past finds him in "Friday Night Frights", though in the end, she is unimpressed by his kiss.
* YouDidntAsk
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Jonah, Casey's date in "Highway to the Discomfort Zone". He's 16, but has a fake ID good enough to fool Lizzi, the resident "Party Patrol" for the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Double Date Dash at Dobler's]].
** And, of course, Heath's younger sister.
* YourCheatingHeart: Evan on Casey, [[spoiler: Rebecca on Evan]], [[spoiler:Fisher]] on Ashleigh, and Jordan on Andy.
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