Episodes: Six (half-hour)
TV show dates: August 8, 2014 — September 5, 2014
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.
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 to 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.
Much to his delight, Jonah is released from juvie. His group heads to the “Feel Da Beat” competition where they perform their song “Don’t Be a Bully.” The crew is devastated when they do not advance to the next round.
Jonah returns to Holy Cross and embraces his new “gangster” reputation. Jonah’s disappointed to learn that his cousin Melody is dating George from the Soldierz. Even worse, his nemesis Graydon is dating his sister. Things are changing with school faculty as well; Lazarus House is shutting down and Mr. Joseph is being let go. At a school assembly, Kool Kris informs the rest of the school that Jonah and the boys will be integrated back into normal classes. Kris also recognizes the effort the boys put into their song in front of the entire school.
Six weeks later, Jonah has a new goal: to win a trip to visit NASA and to secure a record deal for Moses while he’s in America. Jonah’s taken an interest in art and thanks to some Photoshop work on Moses’s new laptop computer, Rocky believes that Jonah is incredibly involved in the Holy Cross community. As a reward for his son’s success, Rocky takes Jonah to Tonga to get the rest of his tattoo finished. Initially, Jonah is disappointed to see the phallic nature of the tattoo, but embraces the look when he learns it is Takalua tradition. (Courtesy HBO.)
First aired: September 5, 2014.
What do you think? Do you like the Jonah from Tonga TV show? Do you think it should have been renewed for a second season?