Take five horrible rich girls out of American sororities, stick them in Leeds and let them pick the founding members for Britain’s first ever sorority. It’s exactly the sort of stupid premise that makes for a good reality show competition, allowing for back stabbing bitching, fake friendships forming and creating conflict while pretending to forge cultural links.
Of course, this is because the show is fundamentally flawed.
To begin with, the Americans are looking for girls who exhibit, according to them, ladylike qualities. Basically people raised in specific cultural and social surroundings. Whatever the “Leedsians” are, they’re not upper middle class Americans. Also, unless you’ve been born into a world containing them you’re going to notice how weird sororities are (something about having to swear undying loyalty to a secretive Greek named club…). Next is that a sorority is supposed to be based on friendship. How are these girls ever going to be friends with each other after an experience like this?
The best moments are when they fail to gloss over these conflicts; the looks of disgust and horror on the judging girls’ faces when confronted by an applicant with tiny denim shorts, or, to their horror, tattoos.
Bravely facing on against such atrocities, the Americans pit the British girls against each other in competitions from fundraising to date getting. This creates, slowly, an underlying tension of seething resentment, not only between the sorority hopefuls but also against their taskmasters.
This is to be completely expected. These are people just a little older than them controlling their lives and judging them on unfair terms. And they are dang unfair; take their night out clubbing, the Americans spent hours whining and complaining about one of the Brits drinking too much on their first party night, so in the club they carefully drink slowly. The Americans then complain that they aren’t being themselves, they’re always like this though. They are completely unlikable; they’re judgemental, cruel, stuck-up and annoying.
So over the show’s course, not only do we see the British girls becoming angry with each other and the competition grow ever more desperate, we see them realise that being part of a sorority, especially one run by these people, is a really, really bad idea.
Sorority Girls is a show about terrible people, and it is wonderful.
Sorority Girls is on 4OD at the moment and is broadcast on Monday Nights at 11.00 on E4.