• Network: ABC1
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 5, 2007
Season #: 1, 2, 3
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 56
  3. Negative: 5 out of 56

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  1. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    An exceptionally funny and clever Australian comedy series by master comedian Chris Lilley.
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    10
    This obviously tongue-in-cheek television show is the most hilarious of any show in existence. IIt is impossible to keep a straight face while watching this ingenious star (Chris Lilley) portray each character. Genius of the dramatic kind.
  3. Dec 16, 2013
    10
    Summer Height High is one of if not the best Australia comedy series in Australian television history. Chris Lilley has pulled out his best cards and because of this he has made his best series to date. Summer Heights high is a remember-able series that is highly prised with comedy fans along with everyday Australians. In 2013 this is still one of the most talked about comedy's especiallySummer Height High is one of if not the best Australia comedy series in Australian television history. Chris Lilley has pulled out his best cards and because of this he has made his best series to date. Summer Heights high is a remember-able series that is highly prised with comedy fans along with everyday Australians. In 2013 this is still one of the most talked about comedy's especially with students, making it a top classic. Any comedy fan or Chris Lilley fan would be missing out if they haven't got their fix on this drop dead comedy. Summer heights High is a remarkable series setting the bench mark for coming along comedy's. Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2014
    7
    Even though I liked Chris Lilley’s effort on Ja’mie’s stand-alone show, I felt like Chris Lilley needs to do a show with ensemble characters again.

    Summer Heights High was the show that launched Chris Lilley’s career outside Australia. First of these reasons was the sarcastic harsh humor. The humor was served well thanks to Chris Lillley’s performances as Mr. G, Jonah and Ja’mie.
    Even though I liked Chris Lilley’s effort on Ja’mie’s stand-alone show, I felt like Chris Lilley needs to do a show with ensemble characters again.

    Summer Heights High was the show that launched Chris Lilley’s career outside Australia.

    First of these reasons was the sarcastic harsh humor. The humor was served well thanks to Chris Lillley’s performances as Mr. G, Jonah and Ja’mie. Sometimes, I forgot that these three characters were played by a same man.

    Second of these reasons was the school setting. This isn’t like any typical high school dramas/comedies shown right now. It’s different, realistic and over the top.

    Third of these reasons was the character driven plot. It keeps us interested on what happens next to Ja’mie’s journey as an exchange student and Mr. G’s journey to make the best musical he has ever made.

    One minor drawback was Jonah. He was very annoying and unfunny. He doesn’t have a proper plot to be honest. But Chris Lilley did a good job portraying him that I forgot it was Chris Lilley playing Jonah. So this can be easily overlooked.

    Summer Heights High was the reason why Chris Lilley’s fame has expanded outside Australia thanks to its humor, characters, plot and Chris Lilley’s performance.
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Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 80
    The nonfictional veneer feels authentic, and so does Lilley's talent.
  2. All in all, it's a rich work, full of detail and small moments, and grounded in reality by an utterly believable supporting cast partly drawn from the school where the series was shot.
  3. In the end, while its outrageous characters are often amusing, their palate of jokes runs thin.