Jonah From Tonga : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 8, 2014
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  • Summary: The latest comedy series from Chris Liley finds 14-year-old Jonah (Chris Liley) back in Sydney with his father and at a new high school after living in Tonga with his uncle for four months.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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  1. Reviewed by: Marc Snetiker
    Aug 4, 2014
    75
    While his antics hew closely to his story lines on Summer [Heights High], Lilley continues to find fresh humor, serving up the kinds of eye-rolling laughs and one-liners you'll be quoting for weeks.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Aug 18, 2014
    70
    Jonah from Tonga, a new miniseries from the talented Chris Lilley that doesn’t have enough heft in each episode to prompt weekly return visits. If the episodes were shown in bulk, the whole would have an amazing impact.
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  1. Sep 24, 2014
    9
    Great show. Not racist at all. I gained an interest in exploring Tongan culture from watching this show. It makes it seem like a beautifulGreat show. Not racist at all. I gained an interest in exploring Tongan culture from watching this show. It makes it seem like a beautiful culture with lots of singing. Jonah is not meant to be taken as an example of what Tongans are like, and people who think this is the case are very very ignorant.
    I am a brown minority male like Jonah but I'm in my mid-30s and I can tell when something's racist. This show is actually quite the opposite. It shows a teen with a sad upbringing who acts out and tries to get the most out of life by making jokes out of everything. I wasn't that different as a teenager.
    I definitely have known kids like Jonah and people who just look at this show on the surface and judging it as racist are doing themselves a disservice by ignoring the content.

    This show is social commentary. It's written with intelligence and compassion. Jonah is a character that you at first dislike but grow compassionate to when you learn to see his humanity. This show is great. I highly recommend it if you have a brain.
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  2. Sep 5, 2014
    9
    This show fulfills the void left by Summer Heights High. When I found out Jonah was getting a spin-off I thought it had a lot to live up to.This show fulfills the void left by Summer Heights High. When I found out Jonah was getting a spin-off I thought it had a lot to live up to. Needless to say I am not disappointed. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2014
    8
    A silly, but fantastic show, which made me laugh the whole way throug- JONAH YOU F**KIN IDIOT!
    The interaction between characters was highly
    A silly, but fantastic show, which made me laugh the whole way throug- JONAH YOU F**KIN IDIOT!
    The interaction between characters was highly enjoyable!
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  4. Aug 13, 2014
    5
    This is one of those shows that you don't watch if you're a teacher in any school system. It's probably targeted directly at the Beavis andThis is one of those shows that you don't watch if you're a teacher in any school system. It's probably targeted directly at the Beavis and Butthead demographic which I have certainly been a member of the course of the last 20 years or so. However Chris Lilly's schtick can and probably will wear a little fan over the course of the season. His other show about the Australian girls school was even more disturbing because he was in drag. Not the being in drag is a bad thing in general, but seeing him do it was a little bit over-the-top. Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2014
    0
    This is a racist 'brownface' show in which a 39 year old white Australian acts the role of a sexually aggressive criminal 14 year oldThis is a racist 'brownface' show in which a 39 year old white Australian acts the role of a sexually aggressive criminal 14 year old 'Tongan'. It is basically one long dick joke, targeted at impressionable teens. It works to make bullying and being disruptive in class look fun, and like something to emulate. A range of civil rights groups have petitioned HBO to get the show pulled. Sets minority representation in tv back decades. Dismal ratings have shown even the target audience doesn't think it's funny. Expand