Series / Jonas

Jonas (2009 - 2010) is a Disney Channel series, starring The Jonas Brothers as fictionalized versions of themselves. They play the Lucas brothers, the three members of the fictional band "JONAS" who try to live a normal life in the face of stardom alongside their two friends: their stylist Stella, and their fan club president Macy.

When the show was picked up for a second season, the show was transported to Los Angeles, and the title was changed to Jonas LA. This season went for slightly over half the episodes of the first, and once it concluded the announcement was made that the show had been cancelled.

Contains examples of:

  • Adam Westing: David Henrie. It was really funny.
  • Adorkable: Kevin and Joe.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Slightly inverted in that Macy wants a Jonas regardless of who or what he does, and also in that Stella obviously wants Joe (the closest thing to a 'bad boy' of the three - but they've known each other since they were babies, and Joe would never act like that around or to Stella.
  • Alliterative Name: Macy Misa and real life Joe Jonas.
  • Alter Ego Acting: Inverted in that the brothers are basically playing themselves - but this could also be considered a Lighter and Softer version of Adam Westing.
  • Appeal to Obscurity: In "Forgetting Stella's Birthday".
    Dad: The last band to cancel an interview with this guy was the Happy Teens.
    Joe, Nick, and Kevin: Who?
    Dad: Exactly.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Macy, who goes from stumbling all over whenever a Jonas shows up, to helping them get rid of a Clingy Jealous Girl. and to top it off she's been Promoted to Love Interest for Nick
  • Awesome Mccoolname: Stella Malone.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Joe and Stella.
  • Bechdel Test: Passes, surprisingly enough.
  • Beta Couple: Nick and Macy
  • Bookends: The beginning of season two opens with the band singing "L.A. Baby", and the final scene is them playing it again, acoustic this time.
  • Bottle Episode: The Tale Of The Haunted Firehouse. All of it was filmed inside the firehouse, effects and props were limited to a few skeletons, a handful of tech equipment, and lighting. And not only that, but the majority of it was filmed on the camera Kevin has. Behind the scenes photos showed that it was them holding the handheld camera.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Essentially one of the points of Season One.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Or, well, brother/crossdressing brother incest, and averted, because Nick shoots Kevin's idea of dressing Nick in a wig and a dress to be Joe's "mystery girl". (See Wholesome Crossdresser below.)
  • Butt Monkey: The boys all get it in one way or another, but Kevin gets it the most.
    Nick: Brothers don't let brothers make fools of themselves. Kevin, I'm sorry I've let you down for so many years.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kevin. Macy has her moments too - but as of Jonas L.A., her head is on straight.
  • Continuity Nod: Two of the games Macy has out to play with Frankie in Jonas L.A. are Word Hole and Dopey Doctor, both of which were played in the first season.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Also another drawing points of the show (as it is with Hannah Montana, where being a world-famous singing group just sometimes doesn't mesh well with normal life. Four words: 'Taking out the trash'.
  • Cut Short: Lasted for only two seasons and 34 episodes, tied with Cory in the House for shortest-run Disney Channel Original Series (until So Random! was cancelled in 2012, after only one 26-episode season).
  • Cute Bruiser: Macy OWNS this trope.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nick, Joe, and Stella. Even Kevin and Macy have their moments, too.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Kevin and Joe at the Miss Amazing Teen Competition in "Beauty And The Beat". Nick's the only one who's not.
  • The Ditz: Van Dyke, Kevin... Joe has his moments.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The Jonas Brothers song Live To Party serves as its opening in both seasons.
  • Drop-In Character: DZ, Stella's aunt.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted with Stella, but played straight with Van Dyke.
  • Family Business: Yes. Quite.
  • Female Gaze: Oh, yeah.
  • First Girl Wins: Nobody is getting Joe if Stella can help it... and when a guy comes a little close to Stella, Joe seems to get more than a bit annoyed.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Funny Background Event: In "Karaoke Surprise", while Joe's asking Stella to hang out, Nick's in the background, trying to fix the locker door that Stella ripped off.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Forgetting Stella's Birthday"
    [Hot tea is spilled on Joe]
    Coler: Where does all of your success come from?
    Joe: MY PANTS!
    Coler: Don't you think you're being a little full of yourself?
    • And "Home Not Alone"
      Macy: I almost choked on a Kevin head and nobody even noticed.
    • "Karaoke Surpise" after Stella catches Macy and Joe together.
      Joe: We're doing mental math. It's like jumping jacks for the brain.
      Stella: Well I just came to drop off these pants to go with the shirts. And now I'll go. Don't want to keep you two from adding your figures together.
    • "Direct to Video" opens with a scene of the boys after a crazy night. It is very obviously a metaphor for a hangover.
      Joe: After the fourth slice of pizza it's all just a blur.
    • The full version of the theme song has the line "I drove her home and then she whispered in my ear 'the party doesn't have to end, we can dance here'", which sounds an awful lot like an invitation for sex.
  • Girl of the Week
  • Groupie Brigade
  • Hammerspace: Their lockers, for one.
    • Joe has reached up, out of the frame, and grabbed a candle. Then put said candle back to grab a clock instead, which he then put back.
    • Nick's put an entire keyboard into his locker. Length-wise.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Macy, in a plot seemingly recycled from an episode of Hannah Montana in which Kevin can't bring himself to tell her.
  • Hustling the Mark: Macy does this in grand style in Season 2, swindling Nick and Kevin in a game of golf.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: In Jonas L.A., Nick writes a song with this title for Macy.
  • Jerk Jock: Once the words 'the Van-man's arm-candy' came out when he was talking to Stella, Van Dyke earned this badge.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of the greatest parts of season one.
  • Large Ham: Quite. Most noticeable during the "Tale Of The Haunted Firehouse".
  • Laugh Track: Surprisingly for Disney, averted.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: A rock song using Triangles
  • New Season, New Name: The show was re-labeled Jonas L.A. as part of a massive re-tooling.
  • Noodle Implements: In "Detention":
    Kevin: Hi, yes, I'd like to cancel that order I just emailed you about. Yeah, for the twenty goats and a wheelbarrow. But I still need the ducks for Saturday.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In "Three Musketeers", when they're actually doing it. Stella's the only one who bothers. (And actually does pretty well with it.)
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In season 2, when Macy realizes that Nick and Kevin don't remember she plays sports and plays them well, she does this to hustle them.
  • Once an Episode: They sing or play a song at least once an episode, and it's lampshaded in one episode where Kevin takes or picks up a guitar and the lights turn out, and Joe or Nick leans over and says "turn on the lights and put down the guitar, we don't have time for a song".
  • Only Sane Man: Nick.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Nick. It's even made fun of in 'Wrong Song'.
    Macy: Weird, that guy looks just like Nick, except he's smiling.
    • Even as a baby, Nick was this, and it's made fun of by Joe and Kevin when they're watching videos of them as little kids with their parents trying to get Nick to smile.
    Joe: Not gonna happen.
    Nick: I was waiting until I had all my teeth.
    Joe: What's your excuse now?
    Kevin: Only kid I know who didn't smile while eating birthday cake.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager:Stella. Her attempt to give up texting results in Sanity Slippage (including ending her sentences with "send").
  • Precocious Crush: Frankie falling for Macy in "Direct To Video", but only for awhile, because the moment Frankie tasted her baked cookies, it was over.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Macy for Nick
  • Reality Ensues: Usually once an episode in season one, and it is always played for laughs.
  • Re Tool: Disney Channel has announced that the struggling series will be retooled for season 2 by turning the show into an on-location series renamed JONAS L.A.
    • The Re Tool ended up resulting in it focusing even more heavily on Joe and less on Nick and Kevin, for the most part. It's even lampshaded by Nick.
  • Romantic False Lead: Van Dyke, Ben, and Vanessa.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Joe gets detention to prove to his friend that he really is a normal guy who doesn't take advantage of being a rock star. Everyone just assumes she's a Girl of the Week which is why he's doing this leading to the trope. It's a subversion in that Joe does this to a guest character who he genuinely isn't interested in.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The shorter/younger the brother, the smarter. From Kevin being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and Joe being so self-confident he's prone to stupidity to Nick being the most sensible brother and Frankie being incredibly cunning.
  • Shout-Out: A whole sub-plot of an episode makes fun of the whole CSI: Miami meme of "witty comment, glasses, YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!" as well as the CSI camera angles.
    • Joe's movie Forever April is basically Twilight but with a supernatural ghost girl rather than a vampire.
    • To Corey Hart in season one: "Let's not be those guys who wear their sunglasses at night."
  • Shown Their Work: One Running Gag in season one was Macy always having sports equipment, and even though it rarely got anything more than a quick gag about her nearly killing one of the guys, the equipment she has is always accurate and appropriate for whatever sport she was doing at the time.
  • Slow Motion: Without counting the Female Gaze mentioned above, pretty much anytime the bros walk down one of the corridors in the school this trope shows up. I wonder if the series is targeted towards a female audience.
  • Sorkin Relationship Moment: Inverted; in 'Karaoke Surprise', Stella shows up at the guys' place to confront Joe and Macy - and then, finds out mot only that they've planned a 'fifteen-year friend-iversary party' for Stella, but that Macy would never do that to her, because she (Macy) has already realized that Joe and Stella have feelings for each other.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Macy in the early episodes. She gets better.
    Stella: "What do you do, just follow them around all day?"
    Macy: "No! Of course not. Why, do they see me?"
  • Take That!: A very blatant one at Lady Gaga's music videos, in "Direct To Video".
  • Teen Drama: The 2nd season, JONAS L.A., which is also Disney Channel's attempt to do a Teen Drama for the channel.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Macy and Stella, although Macy is pretty girly herself.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Averted. In "Frantic Romantic", when they say they need a mystery girl for Joe to get rid of Fiona Skye, Kevin immediately suggests that they put Nick in a wig and a dress. (Nick shoots him down.)
  • Will They or Won't They?: Joe and Stella
  • Wish Fulfillment: Stella and Macy for the female audience. Stella is a beautiful, fashionable girl who is childhood friends with the brothers and grows up to be a Victorious Childhood Friend to Joe. Macy is an Asian-American Demi Lovato looking Expy who is great at every sport and, despite her clumsiness around the boys, quickly becomes an Ascended Fanboy and is now one of their close friends plus Nick's new Love Interest. It's like the writers read Mary Sue fanfiction.
    • In the case of Macy/Nick, that's one part Character Development in action (for Macy), and one part What You Are in the Dark (for Nick). Once she got to know them as actual people instead of just stars, she could relate to them a lot better, and vice versa. That's why it was Nick who started chasing after Macy, and Macy who was about to walk away and not look back when Nick momentarily Took a Level in Jerkass.