Jonas received mixed to negative reviews for its premiere.
Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly called the show "The Monkees for millennials" and enjoyed the featured Jonas Brothers music.
Variety magazine reviewer Brian Lowry believed that Jonas Brothers' adorers would be pleased with the result, and that those who are not fans would still find an amiable charm within the series.
Instead, Disney Channel filmed a mini reality show, the 2008 Disney Channel Original Short Series Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, which followed the Jonas Brothers on a concert tour and premiered May 16.
"The spy concept was very big and very ambitious and it started to not feel quite right.
As the band got bigger and bigger, doing a show that captured more of their real lives and trying to turn that into a more grounded, real version of what they might be doing became more interesting to do and more fun to do.". Schulman claims that "It's hard not to make parallel comparisons to The Beatles in 19 when you see the kind of response that the Jonas Brothers' fans have to them," and describes the 1964 A Hard Day's Night and 1965 Help! Producers and critics have also compared the series to The Monkees, a popular but short-lived mid-1960s television comedy also following a real life band.
Producers have drawn connections between Jonas and productions by earlier bands. At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January 2009, Gary Marsh, entertainment president of Disney Channel Worldwide, described Jonas as a cross between The Monkees and Flight of the Conchords. was the only live-action Disney Channel Original Series, produced by It's a Laugh Productions, not filmed before a live studio audience. They mentioned that they will be working with the Jonas Brothers in the future.
The series was originally set in New Jersey, before the setting changed to Los Angeles for the second season and was shot at Hollywood Center Studios, which has also been the home to several other Disney Channel sitcoms over the years including The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place. Disney Channel has officially announced, in November 2010, that Jonas L. Jonas was intended to star Kevin, Nick, and Joe Jonas, who lend their first names to their television counterparts.
The role of Frankie Lucas was also created with Frankie Jonas in mind.
In addition, Robert "Big Rob" Feggans, the Jonas Brothers real-life head of security, plays The Big Man, the JONAS bodyguard.
On May 5, 2010, it was revealed that the name of the series was changed to Jonas L.
A., reflecting the move to Los Angeles, making it the first Disney Channel sitcom to have the show's main setting change during the course of the series. (an acronym which stood for "Junior Operatives Networking as Spies").