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Jonah from Tonga 

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.

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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 4 episodes, 2014
Belinda Sharp Belinda Sharp ...  Therese 3 episodes, 2014
Noah Mountjoy Noah Mountjoy ...  Kyton 3 episodes, 2014
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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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Australia

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English

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jonah Tongából See more »

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Trivia

The name Kool Kris was based on the local Tongan radio station KOOL 90 FM, and a shortlived Tongan music video TV program called KOOL 90/V, which Chris Lilley would watch with the Tongan kids while this series was being filmed in Tonga. It was also partially based on Father Chris Riley, who started Youth Off The Streets. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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Didn't get it
10 August 2014 | by agolddogSee all my reviews

Saw the entry on the Dish program guide the other night. I'd been to Tonga a few years back, so I thought it might be interesting to see a bit more of their culture. Didn't realize it was a mockumentary.

It wasn't offensive, or shocking, or whatever they were trying to go for. Just stupid. No coherence to what was going on. Didn't feel as if there was anything authentic about the performance. Even 14 year old boys can come up with more clever dick jokes than were given here.

As jp said above, maybe it just doesn't translate well to America, and it's a riot for those in Australia. I remember thinking afterward that might've been the worst half-hour of television I'd ever witnessed.


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