March 03, 2003 12:00 PM

Sorority Life II MTV (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET)

Fraternity Life MTV (Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m. ET)

These half-hour series about college bonding rituals have almost everything needed for must-see reality TV: backstabbing, physical challenges (30 pushups is a lot, dude) and voting to see who gets blackballed. Only the location isn’t up to Survivor standards: The University at Buffalo couldn’t be less exotic.

Sorority Life II (the first season aired last summer) and the new Fraternity Life are on back-to-back starting Feb. 26. That makes for 60 minutes of pettiness and peer pressure—too much for viewers who just aren’t interested in the Greek system. But anyone who has pledged a fraternity or sorority (or ever contemplated it) will relate to the social anxiety on display here. And to put it all in perspective, consider the pledge who’s nauseous with nervousness one minute and stuffing his face with pizza a couple of scenes later.

BOTTOM LINE: Passable slices of campus life

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