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Summer Height High is a satirical look at modern society through the lens of a mediocre public high school in suburban Australia. Shot is "mockumentary" style, the show strives to entertain through the subtle relationships of several characters played by the show's creator, Australian comedian, Chris Lilley.

Featured are Lilley's three main characters including the lead character, the effeminate "Mr. G" whose obsession it is to create a meaningful "drama department" and drama building named for him at the run of the mill school which lacks students of any obvious dramatic talent.

In his mind Mr. G is dearly loved and cherished at the school for his musical genius and brilliant stage productions, when in fact, the shows are caricatures of themselves, and appreciated mainly by "G" himself and his one admirer, science teacher "Mr. Parsons" who shares and office with "G" and adores him with an unrequited love. You see, "Mr G" is the only person who can fathom Mr. G's greatness. Mr. G's stage productions employ the talents of the schools most challenged students including its most unruly and disenfranchised, as well as students with apparent autism or those in wheelchairs. "G" employs these students in the shows for his own gain, and with no care for their feelings. Mr. G is accompanied throughout the show by his seemingly lobotomized dog, "Celine" to which he ascribes incredible talent.

There are a number of "normal" characters in the show, all of whom are foils to Lilley's comic creations. Other characters revolve in various ways around the ubiquitous Mr. G, but also carry much of the shows weight in their own right. Included in this group are "Jonah Takalua" a delinquent Tongan boy, second class citizen, and progeny of a violent, drunken lout in a spoof of Australia's unsuccessful attempt to socialize its Native Islanders and Aboriginals.

Lilley's final featured character is "Ja'mie King", a spoiled, rich private school transfer to Summer Heights High. On arrival Ja'mie is immediately divisive, declaring the student body and school beneath her stature. Despite the challenges of doing so from such poor pickings, Ja'mie recruits several of the school's cuter but more vapid girls into a pretentious clique for which only she really understands the rules. The character Ja'mie provides a sharp insight into the plight of schoolgirls everywhere, and adds a pseudo-sexual undertone to the program leading to entertaining complications at the school.

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1 Season, 8 Episodes - Ended
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9.1/10
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  • In the first-season finale, Mr. G's musical makes its premiere, Ja'mie must find a new date for the Year 11 formal, and Jonah goes for the last laugh as the semester comes to an end.

  • Ja'mie hatches a fund-raising scheme to make up for disappointing ticket sales for the Year 11 formal; Mr. G resorts to drastic measures when he feels his authority is undermined; and Jonah returns from suspension without much change in his behavior.

  • Mr. G suffers a series of setbacks 10 days before the premiere of his musical; Jonah's turf war with younger students results in a serious penalty; and Ja'mie's choice of a formal date shocks her friends.

  • Mr. G reluctantly makes additions to his musical's cast; Ja'mie makes a pitch for a class formal; and Jonah and his friends mentor a group of younger boys in exchange for a slot in a break-dancing showcase.

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