Jonah From Tonga

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (2,369)

Jonah From Tonga is a mockumentary television series created by Australian comedian Chris Lilley. The show debuted on HBO in 2014 and consists of six half-hour episodes. The series focuses on the character of Jonah Takalua, a 14-year-old boy of Tongan descent who was previously introduced in Lilley's series Summer Heights High. Jonah is a troubled and often disrespectful student who has been expelled from several schools. In the series, he is placed in a last-chance educational program on the island of Tongapatu, Tonga, which proves to be an immense challenge for him.

Throughout the series, Jonah learns about Tongan culture and traditions, but he struggles to fit in with the other students in his class. While he is at first dismissive of the program, he eventually learns to value the lessons taught by his mentor, Mr. Joseph, and his classmates. Jonah's antics include everything from petty theft and larceny to throwing wild parties and getting into arguments with his teachers.

The series features a host of characters in addition to Jonah, including Mr. Joseph, his mentor, and the various students in his class. These characters include Kool Kris, a wannabe rapper who presents a tough exterior but is sensitive at heart; Bolo, a quiet and unassuming student who is often bullied by the others; and Moses, a class clown who acts out to hide his insecurities.

One of the standout elements of the series is Lilley's portrayal of Jonah. Lilley provides an incredible performance, bringing to life an incredibly complex character who seems almost too real. Despite Jonah's often crass and immature behavior, Lilley infuses the character with moments of vulnerability and humanity that make him impossible to hate entirely.

The show also explores themes of identity, culture, and the challenges of growing up as a young person of color in a predominantly white society. Jonah's struggles as an outsider in both Tonga and Australia provide a powerful commentary on the complexities of cultural identity, especially for those who grow up between two or more distinct cultures.

While the show has been lauded for its portrayal of these themes, it has also been criticized for its use of stereotypes and the potential harm that this can cause. This criticism has led to calls for Lilley to retire the character entirely.

Despite these criticisms, Jonah From Tonga remains an important and engaging series that tackles some of the most pressing issues facing young people today. Through its mix of humor and pathos, it manages to provide an insightful and poignant commentary on these issues while remaining entertaining and engaging throughout.

Jonah From Tonga is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on August 8, 2014.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
September 5, 2014
Jonah is released from the juvenile center just in time to participate in the dance competition. Unfortunately, everyone and everything has changed.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
August 29, 2014
Jonah has spent a month at the juvenile centre. His relationship with guard Therese keeps his mind off of the torment from his aboriginal rival Jarrod.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
August 22, 2014
Jonah embarrasses Mr. Joseph in front of the school inspectors. After school, Jonah and his crew decide to hold up the Tenpin bowling Centre to steal the golden ball.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
August 15, 2014
Despite being grounded, Jonah and the boys sneak out through a window and go bowling. Jonah tries to persuade his cousin Melody to agree to help him for his latest art assignment.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
August 8, 2014
After making bully videos Jonah and his friends have to meet youth worker Kool Kris. Jonah tries to make the ultimate bully video when his brother is picked on.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 8, 2014
Jonah is sent to live with his uncle in Tonga after being expelled from Summer Heights High, but he's now causing more trouble than before. His father, Rocky, and Aunty Grace have him return to Sydney, Australia to start a new life at a Catholic High School.
Where to Watch Jonah From Tonga
Jonah From Tonga is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Jonah From Tonga on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 8, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (2,369)