Lunatics (TV series)
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|Created by||Chris Lilley|
|Written by||Chris Lilley & Stuart May|
|Directed by||Chris Lilley|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||33–38 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||19 April 2019|
|Preceded by||Jonah from Tonga|
|Related shows||Angry Boys|
Lunatics is an Australian comedy mockumentary web television series that premiered on Netflix on 19 April 2019. The ten-part series, written by and starring Chris Lilley, continues the mockumentary style of his previous series.
Lunatics is a mockumentary series that explores the lives and narrative of six different characters, all played by Lilley. Each character has his or her own eccentricity in terms of lifestyle and behaviour. The characters include: fashion retailer Keith Dick; estate agent Quentin Cook; 7-foot college student Becky Douglas; 12-year old Gavin McGregor, who is an heir to an earldom; ex-pornstar Joyce Jeffries; and South African Jana Melhoopen-Jonks, a celebrity pet psychic who is also a lesbian.
Cast and characters
There are six primary characters featured in Lunatics, all portrayed by Chris Lilley.
- Keith Dick - a fashion wannabe who is in love with Karen, a cash register
- Becky Douglas - a 7-foot-3 girl who has moved to California to attend college with her non-identical twin sister
- Gavin McGregor - an obnoxious 12 year old destined to become the future Earl of an English country estate
- Jana Melhoopen-Jonks - a South African lesbian pet psychic to the stars
- Quentin Cook - an incompetent real-estate agent who dreams of one day becoming a famous DJ and artist
- Joyce Jeffries - a former adult film star who has become an extreme hoarder
- Leena Arora as Patika Dick
- Anne McCaffery-French as Helen
- Philip Keogan as Ken
- Joe Murray as Dylan
- Harry Radbone as Oscar
- Millie Morice as Clementine
- Emma Wilson as Colleen
- Ariana Doolan as Rashish
- Chloe Stout as Lucy
- Dylan Gavasse as Jack
- Alyssa Macintosh as Sharnay
- Cameron Leonard as Aaron
- Tracey McGown as Becky's Mum
- Darren McGown as Becky's Dad
- Jessica Rockliff as Ingrid
- Bianca Daniels as Kylie
- Michelle Smit as Client
- Brock Thornburgh as Ethan
- Jett Thornburgh as Dustin
- Steve Minton as Brian
- Kim Kemp as Lyn
- Judi Young as Rhonda
- Antony Turrisi as Con
- Kane Sheehy as Harrison
- Min Suk Chin as Lingers(Tsun-Ling)
- Cassie Wang as Nancy
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Episode 1"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|2||"Episode 2"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|3||"Episode 3"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|4||"Episode 4"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|5||"Episode 5"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|6||"Episode 6"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|7||"Episode 7"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|8||"Episode 8"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|9||"Episode 9"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
|10||"Episode 10"||Chris Lilley||Chris Lilley||April 19, 2019|
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Lilley would star in the lead role.
On 11 April 2019, the official trailer for the series was released. The first season was released on Netflix on 19 April 2019.
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