Produced in Australia, Jonah from Tonga has drawn a lot of criticism. Some critics have called it “racist” and “creepy” and likened it to a “modern minstral show.” It was a ratings disaster in Australia but will it be a hit for HBO? Will they want a second season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
Jonah from Tonga follows the life of Jonah Takalua (series creator Chris Lilley), a rebellious Tongan teen who just can’t help himself when it comes to stirring up trouble. He’s been banished by his father to the island of Tongapatu and is living with his extended family but the arrangement isn’t working out very well for anyone. The rest of the cast includes 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.