Empire - 11/01/2008 5 stars out of 5 -- "Look a little deeper...and you will be rewarded with a rich, nuanced and painfully accurate look at modern school life."
Actor Chris Lilley goes back to high school as a trio of warped misfits--including a Polynesian problem child, an overzealous drama teacher, and a patronizing female exchange student--in this irreverent Australian series. Ringing true with the cliques and cliches of school life, the deadpan show is hilarious at mining the absurdities and pains of adolescence. SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH's faux documentary format lends itself to parallels with THE OFFICE, which it matches for brilliant institution humor as the show follows its bedraggled matriculants and beleaguered pedagogues.
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