Totally Quiche: Series round-up of Ja'mie: Private School Girl

by - Friday, March 14, 2014

 As a general rule, I'm not really one for a sitcom comedy. Now, before you accuse me of being the most boring student ever (you wouldn't be the first), let me explain. I use to LOVE Family Guy, until it became more about controversy for controversy's sake. I tried New Girl, but the forced 'kookiness' of Zoeey Deschanel (bless her. she's still one of my style icons) coupled with the repeated reliance on race for humour put me off. I can deal with How I Met Your Mother, I can deal with Big Bang Theory, but the only TV comedy that has really made me laugh is the really weird (The Mighty Boosh) or the brilliantly wry and observational mockumentary.

Which brings me on the subject of this blog post. I think it's fair to say that any girl (or indeed boy), born in what I like to call 'The Mean Girl's generation', will see a disturbing amount of their schooling life parodied in Ja'mie, Private School Girl, which wrapped up it's first series on BBC3 last night. The latest outing by Australian comedian Chris Lilley, it sees his Summer Heights High heroine break out on her own as she returns to private school, relentlessly pursuing The Hillford medal whilst enticing boys,  manipulating her parents and generally being 'like, so fucking random.'

It takes a certain kind of comedian to pull off this level of parody comedy, and jokes about privilege and ethnicity should at times be uncomfortable viewing, but Ja'mie is such a walking buzzfeed list of a character that there is no doubt of her ridiculousness - the joke is definitely on her. With every 'love you guys' as she leaves her friends at school, to her 'totes emosh' dance solo, to the frankly jaw-droppingly freaky conclusion of the series (no spoilers), it's testament to Lilley's method acting that you forget he is male, let alone a fair bit older than the teenagers he is acting alongside with. Whilst the news of a BBC3 swap over to online doesn't really worry me - save for what on earth they are going to do with all the festival coverage - it does seem a shame that this sort of new comedy might be missed by a British audience, when it genuinely is one of the better pieces of TV to be shown on the station in quite some time.

To avoid spoiling the show for any of you who haven't watched it already, I'll stop here. but not before I've rounded up some Gifs from the show to get you in the mood.

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