“Greek” is a series on ABC Family that follows sororities and fraternities as they accept new pledges, battle each other for rank, and do their best to survive not only college but relationships old and new. At the center of the series is Casey (Spencer Grammer), a Zeta Beta Zeta whose life revolves around two things: the sorority and her boyfriend, Evan (Jake McDorman). Things start to change when her brother, Rusty (Jacob Zachar) who she calls “not fraternity material” arrives, ready to begin school and change his life by pledging. The series focuses on several aspects of Greek life, including the relationships that suffer at the cost of pledging, the bonds made with fellow brothers and sisters, and the pressure it takes to maintain not only the status of each chapter, but also the sanity of each pledge.
The first chapter of “Greek” on DVD provides a lot of character development that lays ground for the second half of the first season as well as future seasons to come. Casey’s relationship with Evan is put to the test when she finds out that the senator’s daughter and sorority sister, Rebecca (Dilshad Vadsaria) slept with him. Not to mention the fact that Casey’s ex-boyfriend Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) is always around and in the same fraternity as her brother. It’s not just Casey who has her good days and her bad; Rusty has his first real romance and Casey’s sorority sister, Ashleigh (Amber Stevens) thinks she has feelings for Omega-Chi pledge, Calvin (Paul James) who’s keeping a big secret. While a lot takes place in the first half of the first season, it’s easy to see why “Greek” gained a following with good acting, a variety of characters, and enough drama to keep the series moving forward without feeling like a melodrama.
"Greek"'s fourth chapter manages a number of enjoyable episodes, although it's a little inconsistent in comparison to some of the prior chapters. The season features a bit of casting news that likely thrilled the target audience of the series: Jesse McCartney (the cover even makes special note of his inclusion in the series) comes to the show as Andy, a high school football teammate of Calvin's, who finds both Rusty and Calvin's sororities trying to pull him in.
Meanwhile, Casey opens the season with plans to move out of her sorority and struggles in her relationship with Max, while Frannie leaves to start a new sorority and uses her boyfriend's newfound wealth in order to help her pay the bills for the new sorority. Enemies Casey and Frannie even find themselves forced to join together for the wedding of Kiki, a former friend and ZBZ pledge who's coming back to town to get married ("Dearly Beloved"). Beyond all the personal drama and partying and whatnot, the characters do actually make some time to study ("Social Studies").
The series does continue to generally work well due to the fact that this remains a terrific ensemble cast who click together and who seem to have grown more comfortable with their characters over time. The writing is still generally entertaining, although the issues between the characters - the personal and romantic dramas - does start to feel a little repetitive at times during this set of episodes.
Grammer and Foster have particularly good chemistry together and Stevens offers a fantastic performance as Ashleigh, who is easily one of the most likable characters in the series. "Greek" does go over the same ground at times throughout these episodes, but the series continues to succeed as well as it does thanks to the cast, who continue to improve.
33 2-11 30/Mar/09 Take Me Home Cyprus Rhodes
34 2-12 06/Apr/09 From Rushing with Love
35 2-13 13/Apr/09 Engendered Species
36 2-14 20/Apr/09 Big Littles & Jumbo Shrimp
37 2-15 27/Apr/09 Evasive Actions
38 2-16 04/May/09 Dearly Beloved
39 2-17 11/May/09 Guilty Treasures
40 2-18 18/May/09 Divine Secrets and the ZBZ Sisterhood
41 2-19 25/May/09 Social Studies
42 2-20 01/Jun/09 Isn't It Bro-mantic
43 2-21 08/Jun/09 Tailgate Expectation
44 2-22 15/Jun/09 At World's End
VIDEO: "Greek" episodes are presented by Disney in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Sharpness and detail are excellent, as the picture remains crisp and detailed throughout the show. No edge enhancement or flaws on the elements were seen, but a couple of tiny instances of artifacting were seen. Colors remained bright and natural throughout, with no smearing or other concerns. Overall, this was a solid presentation with no major issues.
SOUND: Not a whole lot is required of the show's Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. Surrounds occasionally offer sound effects and ambience, but the majority of the audio comes from the front speakers. Audio quality remained first rate, with crisp dialogue, effects and score.
EXTRAS: An amusing blooper reel, a recap, "At World's End" (a featurette following the cast and crew as they film the end of the season) and "How Do You Sleep?" (music video from Jesse McCartney).
Two commentaries are offered: "Divine Secrets of the ZBZ Sisterhood" w/Writer/Co-Producers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin and actors Spencer Grammer, Scott Michael Foster and Tiffany Dupont and one for "From Rushing With Love" w/Executive Producer/Show Creator Patrick Sean Smith, Writer Matt Whitney and actors Scott Michael Foster, Dilshad Vadsaria, Amber Stevens and Jacob Zachar.
Final Thoughts: "Greek" fans will enjoy this latest DVD release, which boasts fine audio/video quality, as well as a few nice extras.