Summer Heights High

2007 TV-MA 1 season

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Summer Heights High

2007 TV-MA 1 season
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Creator, writer and star Chris Lilley plays all three outrageous lead characters -- performing arts director Mr G, privileged teen Ja'mie and Tongan student Jonah -- in this biting mockumentary series that satirizes Australian high school life.
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Summary of Season 1 (2007) - 2 discs

Writer Chris Lilley also stars in this Australian mockumentary series that pokes fun at high school life. In fact, Lilley stars three times -- as popular girl Ja'mie King, drama teacher Mr. G and ne'er-do-well Jonah Takalua. The first season kicks off with Ja'mie arriving at Summer Heights after transferring from a private school, Mr. G taking a bow as a supporting player in "Anything Goes" and Jonah getting in trouble for bullying.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Chris Lilley
  • Asolima Tauti
  • Iro Utaifeau
  • Zach Fa'atoe
  • Ofa Palu
  • David Lennie
  • Kristy Barnes Cullen
  • Stan Roach
  • Elida Brereton
  • Danny Alsabbagh
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this Australian mockumentary series focuses on school life, it's definitely intended for mature viewers. It offers strong commentary about prevalent social issues in Australia -- including private vs. public education, class, race, and juvenile delinquency. The students (and occasionally some teachers) use lots of curse words (including "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y"), utter racial slurs, and make frequent derogatory references to homosexuality. While a few of these comments are consistent with Australian social norms, they create some iffy content for young viewers here at home. Also expect some sexual imagery, drug references, physical confrontations, and heavy issues like rape, anorexia, molestation, and more.

Sexual Content

One student's graffiti drawings contain images of penises and, on one occasion, disturbing sexual behavior. One girl is referred to as a "slut." Some of Mr. G's choreography can be a little provocative.

Violence

Some pushing, shoving, and arguing between students. Some teachers lose their temper and physically toss a student out of the classroom. There are references to girls cutting themselves, as well as references to rape, child molestation, and pedophilia.

Language

Strong, uncensored language is constant; everything from "bitch" and "bastard" to "mother f---er," "s--t," and "p---y" are used endlessly.

Social Behavior

Some strong social commentary about education, class, race, and other prevalent Australian social issues. Racial slurs and derogatory terms (like calling kids "retarded" and "homo") are often heard, but the behavior isn't viewed as acceptable. There's consistent tension between the Australian students and kids from the Pacific Islands; one teacher appears biased against Islanders. Special education students, including some with Down syndrome, are often featured. Includes references to anorexia and other disorders. There are some strong positive friendships between students and teachers. Students are primarily Caucasian, but Asians and Pacific Islanders are always visible. Consistent with Australian social norms, students of aboriginal descent are referred to as "black."

Consumerism

References to MTV and Punk'd, the Australian version of Big Brother, and brands like Clearasil. But all of these are discussed within the context of what's going on the kids' lives rather than for commercial reasons.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Includes conversations about drug use (marijuana and Ecstasy). One student's overdose becomes a major theme in the series.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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