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Jonah from Tonga 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Mini-Series (2014)
An adventurous journey into the life of 14-year-old rebellious schoolboy Jonah, his family, friends, teachers and counsellors who are exhaustively trying to help him channel his seemingly limitless energy into bigger and brighter things.


Chris Lilley




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Series cast summary:
Chris Lilley ...  Jonah Takalua 6 episodes, 2014
Tama Tauali'i Tama Tauali'i ...  Moses 6 episodes, 2014
Jason Moleli Jason Moleli ...  Manu 6 episodes, 2014
Lafaele Tauali'i Lafaele Tauali'i ...  Israel 6 episodes, 2014
Tana Laasia Tana Laasia ...  Sonny 6 episodes, 2014
Eigaiwe Hunt Eigaiwe Hunt ...  Mary 6 episodes, 2014
Doug Bowles ...  Mr. Joseph 6 episodes, 2014
Slownerd Slownerd ...  Slownerd (the nerd) / ... 6 episodes, 2014
Isaia Noa Isaia Noa ...  Rocky 5 episodes, 2014
Linda Horan Linda Horan ...  Aunty Grace 5 episodes, 2014
Antoine Marsters Antoine Marsters ...  Jerome 5 episodes, 2014
Uli Latukefu ...  Kool Kris 5 episodes, 2014
Dorothy Adams Dorothy Adams ...  Sister Monica 4 episodes, 2014
Meaghan Butler Meaghan Butler ...  Miss Hunt 4 episodes, 2014
Bryce Padovan ...  Graydon 4 episodes, 2014
Jane Reupena-Niko Jane Reupena-Niko ...  Melody 3 episodes, 2014
Belinda Sharp Belinda Sharp ...  Therese 3 episodes, 2014
Noah Mountjoy Noah Mountjoy ...  Kyton 3 episodes, 2014
Aliki Matangi Aliki Matangi ...  George 3 episodes, 2014
Brodie Derrick ...  Tyler 3 episodes, 2014


Jonah From Tonga takes us on an adventurous journey into the life of 14-year-old rebellious schoolboy Jonah Takalua, his family, friends and the crew of teachers and counsellors who are exhaustively trying to help him channel his seemingly limitless energy into bigger and brighter things. Written by Anonymous

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The real name of the school Jonah attends is 'The Grange P-12 College' and is located in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria. See more »


As it is sung by non-Tongan speakers, the series theme song "Tamasi'i Pau'u" (Naughty Boy) is incorrectly pronounced as "Tamasi'i Pa'u". While Pa'u is not an actual Tongan word in itself, it is part of a bigger word, Pa'usi'i, which translates to "molested". See more »


Spun-off from Summer Heights High (2007) See more »

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pure, concentrated teenager
18 August 2014 | by ke82See all my reviews

Another reviewer here put it very well: Summer Heights High was balanced and engaging, but when Chris Lilley ventures off with single characters, the stories and character development falter.

Jonah is not an unrealistic character; he is that hyper, intensely irritating, in-the-name-of-all-that's-holy-STFU teenager that we've all seen somewhere, even if only in passing. He's pure, concentrated annoyance, desperate for any kind of attention or reaction. And I give Chris Lilley full points for being able to recreate that. But unless you're a social worker or a teacher specializing in behavior disorders, do you really want to spend time with that kid, even from the safety of your living room? Seriously, when the teacher breaks a chair against the wall or Jonah's father chases him across a bowling alley with a steady stream of obscenities and death threats, you understand completely.

And that's probably Lilley's point: How do you deal with someone so profoundly and unrelentingly obnoxious, but who is, after all, still a kid? I like that there are no Very Special Episodes (at least not so far) in which Jonah learns his lesson and vows to do better. Instead, we're only given brief glimpses of his possible humanity, e.g., his love for his younger brother or his semi-endearing delusions regarding his dance skills. But while it's more realistic for Jonah to carry on with little forward movement, the lack of development does mean that the show is repetitive and circular.

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