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Jonas (2009) 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.
Contains examples of:
- Adam Westing: David Henrie. It was really funny.
- 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.
- 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
- Aw, Look — They Really Do Love Each Other: Joe and Stella.
- Beta Couple: Nick and Macy
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Essentially one of the points of Season One.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Kevin. Macy has her moments too - but as of Jonas L.A., her head in on straight
- 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.
- Cute Bruiser: Macy OWNS this trope.
- The Danza: Nick, Joe, Kevin and Frankie, though their surname is changed from Jonas to Lucas
- Development Hell: The series had a tortured background leading up to the premiere. Originally, the concept was for the group to be a front for secret agents in a "Hannah Montana meets Kim Possible"-type setup. For unknown reasons, that premise was dropped in favor of a standard Kid Com/Dom Com.
- 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.
- 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:
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Forgetting Stella's Birthday"
[Hot tea is spilled on Joe]
- 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.
- "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.
- Girl of the Week
- Groupie Brigade
- 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 3, 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.
- Laugh Track: Surprisingly for Disney, averted.
- New Season, New Name: The show was re-labeled Jonas L.A. as part of a massive re-tooling.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Macy for Nick
- Retool: 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.
- Romantic False Lead: Van Dyke, Ben, and Vanessa.
- Screwed by the Network: Eventually rectified. Its original time slot was Saturday at 8:00 p.m., right up against competition ranging from ICarly's "iDate a Bad Boy" special and a thrilling Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics NBA playoff series; but after seeing the show get hammered, Disney Channel had it more to their standard Sunday night slot.
- See Cut Short.
- 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 Cloudcuckoolander 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.
- 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?"
- 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
- What Could Have Been: The show was originally pitched as J.O.N.A.S. (Junior Operatives Networking As Spies), a Kid Com where the Jonas Brothers played spies posing as a band, the character of Stella was a teenage reporter trying to find out the band's secrets and an evil dentist was the villain. Stills from the pilot can be seen here.
- What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: A rock song using Triangles
- 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.