Sunday, March 1, 2009

"She's a naughty girl with a bad habit. A bad habit for drugs..."

I'm listening to a little Dwight Yoakam, wondering why SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH isn't like a super duper American phenomenon.

I love the crap outta this show. It got a good friend of mine through a rough couple of weeks. (And no, I'm not speaking euphemistically. I am not the "friend".) I wasn't sure about it at first, but by the end of the second episode I was hooked. (Sometimes it takes me a couple of tries to get into a show or a book, but once I'm in, I'm IN.)

It's funny. It's satirical. It's touching. It's damn fine television. The kind of show that I wish I was working on (in ANY capacity). I think anyone that appreciates smart humor should check it out.

I vouch for it 100%.

31 comments:

  1. Get "We could be heroes" Equally good

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  2. summer heights high is immense!
    "Coz he's a ranga"
    "A what Jonah?"
    "A ranga,sir"

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  3. Absolutely!
    We can be heroes is by the same guy, Chris Lilley, genius.

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  4. Unfortunately, as an Australian teacher, you never look at some students (or teachers) quite the same way (scarily real)

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  5. Wow, USAnians finding out about Summer Heights High! This show was enormous here in Australia. Hope you can give it a push over there, it's awesome. Mr G is just so awful I can't look away.

    And yeah, the Jaamie character comes from another show by Chris Lilley called "We Can Be Heroes" which was a spoof of a competition to find the Young Australian of the Year.

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  7. 'are you a fat bitch? you sound like a fat bitch.'

    'get your roots done, stop being SUCH a bitch, and don't be Asian'

    'some people are so cruel to them...calling them names and the like....like nuff nuff'

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  8. First Brisbane gets a mention in Dollhouse, now Amber Benson is a fan of Summer Heights High. The slow but steady export of my culture begins...

    Yes as they said, try We Can Be Heroes. I think I prefer it, but it's a close call.

    - Thorpe

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  9. God I love this show. Glad the US is embracing it!

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  10. Amber ♡s Summer Heights High? Wow, that is so cool.

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  11. Glad you get to see Summer Heights High in the states. Hope they don't try to do an Amercian version of it like they did with Kath and Kim. As much as I love Molly Shannon her version was hideous. Sometimes shows just can't be americanised. The Office is one of the few exceptions.

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  12. Maybe it won't be so hard to lure you to Australia. I'll have to come up with a cunning plan....

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  13. I know someone like Mr G. Thankfully he doesn't want a dog.

    I *wish* i know someone like Jonah. Polite oscenities; they're the way forward.

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  14. I caught it's run on showtime, loved the show. Waited until it ended to cancel showtime (need to save money) but I loved the show.
    Hope there's a 2nd season.

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  15. It's also alarmingly not *that* different from some people/incidents from my own high school days. Maybe my school was just very odd...

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  16. Absolutely love it, my Aussie mates introduced me to it then I watched re-runs on BBC3

    Mr G an absolute legend!! Tsunamorama

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  17. Despite its reliance on the weird modern comedy obsession with rape jokes, SHH is a fine bit of work.

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  18. love it...and working at a school it all seems a little too familiar as well. :)

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  19. I LOVE Summer Heights. I'm going to Sydney for 3 months next month and can't wait to try out my newly-learned Aussie slang, "povvo", "ranga", "homo". Chris Liley is genius, how any 30 something year old man can make you believe that he is in fact a 15 year old girl dating an 11 year old and asking him, "did you think I was hot" is a feat of magnitude.

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  20. Summer Heights High is one of those shows that doesn't pay off until you've watched a few episodes, and for me, kept catching it accidentally until one night I realised I was enjoying it.

    What's worse is my train station appears to be at the epicentre of several private schools here. And every morning I am exposed to several girls like J'amie. It'd be funny if it wasn't real life.

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  21. Amber you have just offically become the best american ever!!!

    Yeah seriously check out "We Can Be Heroes" it is awesome funny. You'll loves it!

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  22. No, no, no. This show is horrible. Don't let it plague America too.

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  23. Love that show! Chris Lilley is freakin hilarious! Definitely check out We Can Be Heroes if you're into it.

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  24. First Dolly Parton, now Dwight Yoakam! Not exactly my *kind8 of coutnry, but nevertheless it's pelasant to feel we share an aprpeciation for it all.

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  28. 'Thank god you're here, Grandma's been raped'

    Mr G is hilarious - so well observed! I think there is a little of him in every performing arts teacher!

    :D

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