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Series: Greek
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Greek is an ABC Family original series that can be best described with this equation: "Brotherhood of Funny Hats + Teen Drama + 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 Kelsey Grammer'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.


This show provides examples of

  • Absentee Actor: 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.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Cappie finds several names to refer to Evan by.
  • Actor Allusion: 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 high school musicals and the third one being their senior year, shortly followed with Casey saying "we're all in this together".
  • The Alcoholic: Betsy.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Frannie.
    • Tegan at the Nationals level proves that being an Alpha Bitch is one of two general paths of a ZBZ alumna (with Lizzi being the other general path).
  • Always Someone Better: 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: All About Beav.
    Beaver: "I am the star of my own life. I deserve to be center stage... Thanks Mom."
  • Added Alliterative Appeal/Full-Name Basis/Repetitive Name: Ben Bennett.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Cappie's parents
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Evan bribes a Lambda Sig who genuinely likes Casey to leave her alone for a thousand dollars.
  • Anticipatory Breath Spray: Of course, this being Dale, he sprays it right into his eyes.
  • Bachelor Auction: Geek Auction in Season 3.
  • Back for the Finale: Wade, Jen K and Lisa Lawson, Frannie was back for the one before
  • The Backwards R: Σ for E in the name. Note that Σ is Sigma, and is the equivalent of S in English.
  • Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Lizzi.
  • Baseball Episode: In season three Omega Chi and ZBZ team up against Gamma Psi and Kappa Tau.
  • Beautiful All Along: Lizzi, after Casey and Ashleigh make her over to bust her out of Plucky Office Girl mode.
  • Betty and Veronica: Evan (Betty) and Cappie (Veronica) for Casey (in this case, only because Cappie is the Cannon Love Interest, 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.
  • Black Best Friend: 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.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Cappie
  • Brother Chuck: 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.
  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Without the hats and with a lot more drinking.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: The writer's really seem to like having Rusty unknowingly hit on his sister.
  • Coming-Out Story: 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).
  • Contest Winner Cameo: One of the judges in "Mr. Purr-fect".
  • Cool Big Sis: Casey to Rusty
  • Cool Loser: Rusty
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Cappie and one of his girl friend's reactions to Rusty.
  • Credit Card Plot: With Ashleigh in the end of season one.
  • The Cynic: Rebecca
  • Dark Horse Victory: Ashleigh comes out of nowhere to win the ZBZ presidency.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Rusty Rusty Rusty and Dale too.
  • Double Agent: Rebecca.
  • Dramedy
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Beaver explains to Casey why Cappie and Evan will probably never be friends during his Day in the Limelight, it's one of the few sensible points he makes.
  • Dumb Blonde: Laura and Beth, averted by Katherine and Casey (well, most of the time).
  • Establishing Character Moment: 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...This is going to suck.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Cappie's majors (and one-time photography minor).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In Freshman Daze: In a flashback to show that Evan has left his rebellious ways behind.
  • Fake Defector: Rebecca to Iota Kappa Iota.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: 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.
  • First Girl Wins: 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).
  • Freudian Excuse: Implied about why Cappie doesn't want to leave college.
  • Fundraiser Carnival: 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).
  • Gargle Blaster: Aerosol Death Juice turns a geek party into the wildest party the party frat's thrown in years.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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...
  • The Generic Guy: Heath, he's still adorable.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: 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.
  • Going Native: To stop new neighbour, Prof. Tom Hilgendorf for ruining their fun with his rules, Kappa Tau decide to make him one of them. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hello, Attorney!: well, "hello law student!" for Katherine.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ashleigh and Casey
  • Hidden Depths: Rebecca
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: Wade is both a Kappa Tau nickname (he can't swim) and his real name.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: Casey & Cappie's relationship. Cappie & Evan's friendship
  • Hollywood Nerd: Rusty straddles both types. Dale is a type 1 and Max is a type 2. Psi Phi Pi is an entire fraternity of type 1's.
  • Hollywood Spelling: Ashleigh (self-explanatory); Lizzi ("Two Zeta-Beta Z's", no E.)
    • Ashleigh is a fairly traditional spelling.
      • Traditionally male...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Casey, to maximum.
  • Huge School Girl: Katherine.
  • Hufflepuff House: Every house not named Omega Chi, Kappa Tau, or ZBZ...
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Frannie's frequent bouts of advice to Casey.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: Kappa Tau pledge class kidnap Cappie and Rusty, resulting in their loss to Omega Chi
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Evan: "Now the fate of the entire Greek system is in the hands of a flaky, alcoholic degenerate" Cappie: "I'm not an alcoholic"
  • It's Always Spring/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."
    • Recent pictures from the set of the 4th season indicate that, finally, it does snow in Ohio.
  • Ironic Echo: "I didn't give you permission to call me by a nickname."
  • Lampshade Hanging: 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."
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Evan and Rebecca both fall in this category, sometimes.
  • Love Triangle: Among others, Cappie/Casey/Evan.
  • May-December Romance: Ashleigh and Casey's law professor Simon Segal.
  • The Mole: Jen K.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: During the beer pong game in episode two:
    Cappie: Gentlemen (beat) and Omega Chis.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: averted with Rusty, who has slept with every girl he has dated. And also, Dale, but his reaction was quite disheartening
  • The Nicknamer: Kappa Tau!
  • Noodle Incident: 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?
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Cappie.
    • With a dose of Wicked Cultured, 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?
    Cappie: Translation! How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: 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.
    • Given Name Reveal: We get to find out in the finale that his name is Captain John Paul Jones
  • One of the Boys: Jordan.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Rusty to the Greek system.
  • Pink Means Feminine: ZBZ's sorority color is piiiink. Lampshaded in the convention episode: "I've never realized there could be so many shades of pink."
  • Pair the Spares: Evan and Rebecca.
    • Ashleigh and Rusty in the final series.
  • Plot Parallel: Evan/Casey/Cappie triangle to Rusty/Jordan/Andy.
  • Plucky Office Girl: Lizzi fulfills this trope to the rest of ZBZ Nationals at the convention.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Katherine.
  • Put on a Bus: Jordan.
  • Quirky Curls: 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."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: 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.
  • Really Seventeen Years Old: That guy Casey met at the shelter and later slept with.
  • Remember the New Guy: 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: 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 Writers Cannot Do Math.
  • Rich Bitch: Rebecca, before her father had an affair and lost his office and his influence.
  • Rich People: The Chambers and the Logans.
  • Romantic Runnerup: Evan.
  • Science Fair: In Season 3.
  • Shipper on Deck: 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.
  • Shout-Out: Two characters participate in a psychological study numbered 8675309.
    • Two characters get jobs at Party Down catering, they even have to wear pink bowties.
  • Shown Their Work: 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 Toledo ABC station...)
  • The Slacker: 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...but it took the KT house being destroyed to get him to commit.
  • Speed Dating: Rusty and Cappie go through this at Dobler's
  • Straight Gay: Calvin, Heath and initially Grant, although after coming out to his brothers he morphed overnight into full-on 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.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Rebecca says she's a lesbian now. Cappie and Evan disagree. Within a day, so does she.
  • Take Our Word for It: Heath's sister being younger than she looks.
  • Teen Drama
  • Teens Are Short: 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.
  • Tom Boy: Jordan
  • That Came Out Wrong: 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.
  • íThree Amigos!: Cappie, Evan, and Casey in the backstory.
  • Trickster Mentor: Cappie to Rusty.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Cappie, Evan, and Casey.
  • Volleying Insults: Cappie and Evan. Rebecca and Casey.
  • Wacky Frat Boy Hijinx: Kappa Tau.
  • Weird Science: Why Max decided to study science.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Cappie and Evan.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Freshman Daze, for the most part.
  • Will They or Won't They?: 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.
  • You Didn't Ask
  • Younger than They Look: 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 Double Date Dash at Dobler's.
    • And, of course, Heath's younger sister.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Evan on Casey, Rebecca on Evan, Fisher on Ashleigh, and Jordan on Andy.

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