Why America Needs a Real Greek TV Show

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In 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House electrified the world with its outrageously hilarious caricature of fraternity life in the 1960’s. The film has thrown generation after generation into fits of uncontrollable laughter, making Greeks and independents alike chortle with satisfaction. Fast forward 34 years to 2012. While one would think the stranger-than-fiction stories of Greek hilarity would have only become more prevalent through the decades, this is sadly not the case.

In our modern era, only two TV-shows have even attempted to touch the hysterical potential of a fraternity based television show.
The first, Greek, did nothing more than paint us as a large group of soap opera-esque pussies who have nothing better to do than fight over bitchy-but-attractive women and get in water gun fights with other fraternities. Sure, we have our fair share of attractive female interaction, but with all of the other aspects Greek life has to offer it seems like we’re being sold short. Not to mention the fact that the show’s creator is a certified GDI, who refused to rush despite attending the Greek-heavy University of Texas in Austin. Also, a show about fraternities has as much of a place on a network called ABC “Family” as full penetration does on the Disney Channel.

Another representation was the short-lived TBS series, Glory Daze. As with Greek, this show failed to truly emulate our experiences, trying to take what should be R-rated material and turn it PG-13. While the show featured some impressive guest stars and the occasional decent episode, its happy-go-lucky portrayal of fraternity life was axed after a mere 10 episodes.

It’s clear that these prior attempts didn’t demonstrate the essence of what it means to be in a Fraternity. With endless possibilities for hours of entertaining hijinks, these creators went the soft route and chose instead to focus on the teenage girl demographic.
When you think of the possibilities an accurate Greek-based television show could offer, they seem limitless. Off the top of my head I can think of ten real-life stories that would be more entertaining than most of the polished feces that airs today. Such is the case with almost any of the 400,000+ current fraternity and sorority members in the United States of America. Throw in the debauchery of tailgating and the “Zero Fucks Given” attitude on a fraternity roadtrip, and you’re looking at the potential for television gold.

Like Animal House so many years ago, the rambunctious dream that is fraternity life has the potential to be enjoyed by millions. The current and past Greeks of the world would certainly enjoy seeing themselves painted in a positive way, as opposed to the vaginally inclined attempts we’ve become too used to seeing. Or worse yet, as the easily caricatured villains that so many shitty, lazy screenwriters have used us for. Even those that didn’t go Greek would still be captivated to see what we’re all about, and would undoubtedly be able to relate with their own college experiences (even if theirs’ were significantly less fun).

For too long have we been cast in the shadow of misleading examples. In fact, I would go so far to call it taxing on Greek life as a whole. Like our forefathers before us, we are suffering from a form of “taxation without representation,” and once again our only choice is a revolution.

It’s time to spread the word; right now all we can get is a Greek Days of Our Lives, when a show about us really needs to be in the vein of The League or Workaholics. Hell I’d even settle for a mocumentary style show similar to The Office or Parks and Recreation, if done correctly. While the fraternity culture has grown and changed in the past few decades, we have nothing to cling to but a 34-year-old film. It’s time for the Frat TV Revolution, because we’re better than everyone else and it’s about time the world knew it.

Use the hashtag #FratTVRevolution to spread the word, because let’s be honest: it’s about time they stop making us look like shit.

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      BossMan DubC

      ^ I believe HBO would be one of the few appropriate networks that would venue a “true to life” Greek series. After all the adult themes of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, and Hung, among others, it really is the only one that would work.

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      Parachutist

      I completely agree that a show like this could only be shown by a network like HBO or Showtime but my major concern with a relativly uncencored version of the Greek community would that that unless helmed by a very talented group of writers and an even better director (I would like David Fincher personally) that the public at large would be appauled by what is shown is this series. The Greek community already struggles against enough negative sterotypes as it is. I just don’t think people would understand the Greek lifestyle. Being a Greek is like being in the Marine Corps or the Army, the public at large just doesn’t really understand the ethos that we live by and something like this if produced poorly would hurt the Greek community.

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    2ironking

    Funny you say this, Stufffratpeoplelike, I am currently working on a pilot episode of fraternity life, depicted like it should. I am hoping to receive enthusiasm from the online Greek community and TFM itself. My recent alter ego as a “drank-himself retarded frat star” was well received and hope TFM users well respond likewise to my pilot. It might just be a sneak peek on one of my favorite characters. -2ironking

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    WhoDatFrat80

    I agree 100%. If they could have solid script writing like the league, with maybe the feel of Blue Mountain State (substituting the football team with Greek life) that would be wildly successful. As far as which TV Station goes, it would have to be either HBO, FX, Spike, or maybe Comedy Central, since any others wouldn’t do it justice

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    Frat in the Hat

    A realistic show about Greek Life would never work for so many reasons, but in the interest of time I’ll stick to the major ones. 1. HBO/Shotime/whoever isn’t going to seriously consider a show that’s only about getting fucked up, hazing pledges, and hitting on sorority girls. This is at least 90% of what we do and no matter how entertaining it is to us, no one else really gives a rat’s ass, which leads me to my next point. 2. One of the main things we all cherish about being in Greek Life is it’s exclusivity which inherently makes it unappealing to everyone who isn’t involved in said organizations. So a show about something a lot of people don’t find appealing sounds pretty fucking stupid. 3. With these points in mind, a TV show needs to have relatable characters. And to emulate the truest fraternity man that WE would all want as the main character would mean creating a character that didn’t care about anyone and would most likely be a huge asshole. So keeping all of that in mind, we’re probably better off with the little YouTube clips that get posted on here, because we’re the only ones that will actually watch anything Greek-related.

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      Frat in the Hat

      Well I agree with you, Mr. Supreme, that a TV show about the true Greek Life could greatly benefit the nation in dispelling many asinine myths about Greeks, it will inevitably devolve into what a large portion of Greek Life truly means for contemporary college students. I’ll refer you to my previous comment on this article. Yes, there are many other things that Greek Life stands for that I did not mention in my first argument, but they are miniscule in their role in our daily lives compared to the activities I previously mentioned. There’s brotherhood, community service, networking, and a general enrichment of every Greek’s life through participation in his/her organization. But the fact still stands that no one wants to watch a show about these events. People want the drama and titillating scandal in any situation, especially on television, and our lifestyles lend themselves too much to becoming cannon fodder for special interest groups looking to eradicate our organizations than they would to proving any stereotype untrue. We’re better off people thinking they know what we do rather than them finding out what actually goes on behind closed doors.

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      SupremeGrandFratsar

      Mr. Frat in the hat makes a good point or two, unfortunately he completely misses the big picture.

      A television show has the potential to spiral into something much greater than itself, affecting a wide variety of people all around the country. This is one of the reasons that society is so fucked up today, because we have orange people parading around television with their retarted children for so many people to see that they begin, at first, to think that these types of things are normal, and then have the desire to emulate them in reality. This is why we need a fraternity show, not just to show how awesome we are, but to communicate a deeper message about why we do what we do, that what we do is rooted in some deeper truth about the world the way it should be. We may be a small, exclusive club, but this show would be something like the ultimate rush video, not for a particular fraternity, but for Greek life and the lifestyle that it results in post graduation. We don’t just need a show, we need a revolution.

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      JudgeFraterson

      Frat in the Hat gets it. Unfortunately one of those ideas that sounds phenomenal in theory but he nailed it in one single point. Being the “1%”, or realistically less, doesn’t give you the potential for a sizable viewing demographic. The closest we may get is if they changed the name of Workaholics to Post Grad Problems. I’m going to drink a bloody mary, fuck y’all very much…

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