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Jonah from Tonga

Jonah from Tonga TV show on HBONetwork: HBO
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: August 8, 2014 — TBD
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Chris Lilley, Tama Tauli’i, Isaia Noa, Linda Horan, Jane Reupena-Niko, Eigawe Hunt, Tevita Manu, Doug Bowles, Uli Latukefu, Meaghan Butler, Dorothy Adams, Jason Moleli, Lafaele Tauli’i, Tana Laasia, Bryce Padovan, Belinda Sharp, Mose Mose, and Braydan Pittman.

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TV show description:
This Australian mockumentary series is a follow-up to the Summer Heights High TV show. It follows the story of Jonah Takalua (Chris Lilley), a rebellious Tongan teen who just can’t help himself when it comes to stirring up trouble.

At the end of Summer Heights High, Jonah was expelled midway through Year eight. The story picks up four months later, with Jonah banished by his father┬áto the island of Tongapatu and living with his extended family. The arrangement isn’t working out very well for anyone.

When his uncle has had enough and sends him back to Sydney, Jonah finds himself enrolled at the Holy Cross Catholic high school, with new friends, new foes, and new teachers he drives to the brink of insanity.

Through it all, Jonah tries to leave his naughty ways behind and be a “good boy,” but as per usual, things never quite go as planned.

Series Finale

Episode #TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

What do you think? Do you like the Jonah from Tonga TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?


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liam harrison October 26, 2014 at 6:16 am

If the program was that racist surely the actual Tongan actors wouldn’t participate in such a program that so called insults where they are from.
There are programs out there that are a 1000x worse.
Just think of stand up comedians…. It’s comedy! If you don’t like it then don’t fcking watch it!


Cat September 26, 2014 at 5:01 am

Please keep the show. One night, I guess my boyfriend was exploring our on demand, and came across this show. He watched about two episode before he introduced it to me. I found it rather humorous. It’s really the only show I really like watching. I have watched the same episodes over and over. I need new ones too watch!!!! I do not think it is a way of disrespecting Tongans. Jonah is his own person, everyone can see that he’s just a very missed behaved boy who happens to be from Tonga. I personally like this show, and if you don’t like it, then don’t watch it! Simple. Don’t kill it for the rest of us who do enjoy this show! HBO please reconsider !!!


Cat September 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I love this show!!!! I’m constantly looking to see if any new episodes have came out. But, nothing :( please, does anyone know when the new ones come out?!?


Daniel September 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I cant believe people are mad about this show. Its comedy!!!!!! And it is deliciously funny.i dont think of tongans in any kind of way after listening to this show because IT IS ONLY A SHOW and i can make that distinction because i am an adult. Chris kelly is a genious and everybody criticising him for being racist should get their head examined and stop ruining it for everybody who isint a moron.


Larissa September 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Perhaps if you could spell “genius”, one could take your comment more seriously. The fact that you do no “think of tongans in a any kind of way” after viewing the show is also a bit telling. Just because you find the show “deliciously” funny (I would guess that you are probably NOT Tongan, or even somewhat brown), and just because you have no clue why Tongans, or anyone else, might be offended, does not mean the show is not offensive and really bad. People of taste and perception are supposed to be the artists creating works to open the minds of others. The show might make a bunch of drunken buffoons laugh, but then, what doesn’t? It’s not good, it’s not art, and the average Tongan 5-year-old can spell better than you. perhaps a show about you as a driveling idiot would be funny to millions?


Poodys Amy September 20, 2014 at 11:44 pm

You talk about Chris Lilley making fun of people Larissa. You should probably take a page from your own book if you can understand that. Are any of you hypocritical people Tongan anyway, or are you just being judgemental control freaks as usual. If you don’t like it you don’t have to watch it. As for me I will be watching it next season I’m sure.


Anonymous September 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

You’re spelling isn’t much better. If you are going to judge someone else from their spelling than the least you can do is spell check what you write lol. How can you even judge someone by 1 typo lol, and then you do the same thing. Lmao some people………


Anonymous September 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

This show is awesome and shouldn’t be cancelled!! Get a sense of humor!!


Anonymous September 11, 2014 at 1:54 am

I have a sense of humor. Remarkably, it contains a love of nuance and an implacable sense that laughing AT someone to make mean fun of them, just isn’t really very funny. Jonah from Tonga is about the level of a nasty little 6th grade bully, ie nickering at fart jokes and picking on people with less power or strength than he has… but the funniest part of “Jonah From Tonga”? How Chris Lilley makes one ugly Tongan! The Tongan people are beautiful, and Chris Lilley looks like a weasel with make-up and wig on.


Anonymous September 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

This show is awesome and should not be cancelled! Get a sense of humour!


silva999 September 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm

this show is awesome yes it might b racist but what isnt nowadays…HILARIOUS COMEDY PLEASE RENEW FOR ANOTHER SEASON!


Poodys Amy September 6, 2014 at 2:26 am

This is the best show out there by far. I look forward to lightening the mood each week. People are so uptight anymore it’s an entertaining funny joke get it!!!! You can’t blame a show for behavior it becomes an excuse for someone. I need to watch this show so please give them a new season or two or even three. Thank you Chris Lilley!


Dannyd September 6, 2014 at 2:20 am

Bring it back please!!!!!!!!


S. C. Light September 6, 2014 at 12:29 am

This may be the worst, most disastrous choice ever made by HBO. The show is hideously racist, incredibly bad and stupid, and maybe the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen passed off as “entertainment” in my entire life. It just defies any attempt to understand what anyone was thinking when they made this atrocious piece of crap. One can only hope that the executives come to their senses and drop ever episode into a lead container and throw into the deepest ocean. My heart goes out to the Tongan people. Hopefully a formal apology will be proferred and we can all learn a good lesson. Blackface, brownface, any face that is made up to be a race that you are not is just NOT funny. Satire makes fun of the racists. This show makes fun of Tongans. YUCK YUCK YUCK. Get it of the air.


jvahai September 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

This show is insulting to Tongans. The Tongan culture is not portrayed. It confuses young Tongans who aren’t exposed to real Tongan ways. If Lilley did a show called Jonah from Italy and showed Italian families flicking their fingers under their chins at each other as a way to say hello we would know Italians don’t do that because it’s an insult. Yet Lilly does this in Jonah from Tonga so Tongans can react badly and meanwhile draw in white viewers who don’t understand the reason why Tongans are mad. It’s called abusing a minority group so that he can make money. It’s sick, unethical and wrong! This is why Capitalism always looks bad, because of vultures like Lilly!


Poodys Amy September 6, 2014 at 6:07 am

The world has become such a uptight serious place. I feel he is actually honoring the Tongans. He’s showing a boy learning from his mistakes and growing into a man. What’s wrong with laughing and having some fun it’s not hurting anyone. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it!! You are hilarious on both your shows Chris Lilley, don’t let anyone bring you down. I look forward to next season.


S. C. Light September 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

If you think this show “honors Tongans”, I propose a show for you: “Chris Lilley: MORON FROM AUSTRALIA”, in which completely stupid white people from Australia do incredibly offensive, disgusting, illegal and just plain pathetic things in order to show how Australians are criminal by nature and have no brains. WOW. GREAT IDEA!!! Gee, that might be really funny. Bet Australians will love it! Let’s put make-up on brown and black people to make them look white. Then, let’s have them talk way dumber than they actually do, and make them do retarded things! Let’s get a black comedian to pretend he’s white! Let’s insult everything about Australia that we can, (that should be an easy task). Okay. Do you think that’s funny? Because that’s how “Jonah From Tonga” looks to everyone else (except in reverse). “Everyone else”… that would be the REST OF THE WORLD. BAD SHOW.


Deb August 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I’ve been teaching behavior and emotionally affected students going on thirty years and this show is great! I was impressed with the way the show put the language and actions of students in a “real life” context ( in school) and the actions employed by the instructors likewise. Teaching in public school doesn’t afford the opportunity for teachers to use some of the measures and tactics that working in a private setting provides such as the Catholic schools. I’m a Catholic educated individual and I got my share of “extreme discipline” more than once . Keep this show going and I hope parents of high school students watche this and appreciate the bulls@&$ teachers undergo everyday. We have to love our jobs!


Bill Door August 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm

It’s not just Tongans who are affected. The show is targeted at teenagers. We know from Australia that after Lilley’s show air, there is an effect in the classrooms as the kids use a ‘Jonah’ voice to yell “Puck You Miss” or “F###cking Homo!” Or a ‘Ja’mie’ voice to be extremely cruel. Most school aged kids don’t get any ‘satire’ they just copy the dick jokes, sack punches, targeting of redheads, disrespect to teachers — and often done in an ‘accent’ to give themselves permission through distance. “It’s not me miss, it’s Jonah from Tonga”.

There is no attempt by HBO to give age guidelines for watching the show. In fact, they just released the first two episodes on youtube, with no age requirements.


Rick August 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this show and I get why. I really like Chris Lilly so I give him a wide berth on this one. I did think it was funny. It was also offensive, just like everything he does. I get concerned when I read that “we” might watch this show about stereotypes and think that what we are watching is the truth. Please give us a little credit. Nearly everything on television is a stereotype, exaggerated, neither true nor false, so I only take this show as a satire about a guy who may be stupid or may have deep rooted issues. I also belong to a group who is ridiculed, hated, and discriminated at one time or another, but there is little on fictional television (unless it is designed with only that one intent) that offends me because it is just television. Having said all that, the feelings of the Tongan people are extremely important so they should have their voice. Thank you.


susan August 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I really thought it was funny! Please renew it!


Poodys Amy September 6, 2014 at 2:29 am

Chris Lilley, you are awesome!!!!!


Anonymous September 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

It is not funny anymore (not that it ever was) to dress up as another race and then proceed to misunderstand EVERYTHING about them, while you are insulting them. Because of the controversy, I made myself sit through an episode. I still feel slimed by it. If I could wash it out of my brain, I would.


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