If you’re looking for a new show to watch in 2012 and you loved Summer Heights High, then you need to check out Angry Boys.
If you were a college student within the last three or four years, the DVD of a show called Summer Heights High might have been passed around your dorm. There were a few aspects to this hilarious show which really made it unique. First, Summer Heights High is an Australian show, so everyone has funny accents. Second, there are only 12 episodes, so the series has a definitive beginning and end. Third, the series creator, Chris Lilley, plays three very different characters– a snobby teenaged girl, a middle school bully, and an ambiguously gay drama teacher (Welcome to Mr. G’s room!).
Within contemporary television, the mockumentary has become a common format (The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, Trailer Park Boys). What separates Summer Heights High is the way Lilley is able to balance laughs with seriousness. The final episode ends on a surprisingly sombre note. But, what makes the show compelling is the characters. Mr G might be one of the funniest narcissists ever. Also, the show has one of my all-time favorite theme songs.
So, if you’re already a fan of Summer Heights High, then I have good news for you. Starting tomorrow, January 1, 2012, HBO will be airing Lilley’s next project entitled Angry Boys. The show was originally released this past May in Australia and is just now making it’s United States debut. Based on this trailer and Lilley’s previous work, my expectations are very high. It appears that Lilley will be setting the bar even higher by playing six characters. It also seems that by playing an African American rapper and a Japanese mother, Lilley might be trying to offend and even wider audience. I can’t wait. Tune in tomorrow night at 10 p.m. and see for yourself. Happy new year!