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Red Oaks 

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A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins.
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2017   2016   2015   2014  
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Craig Roberts ...  David Meyers 26 episodes, 2014-2017
Ennis Esmer ...  Nash 25 episodes, 2014-2017
Oliver Cooper ...  Wheeler 25 episodes, 2014-2017
Richard Kind ...  Sam Meyers 24 episodes, 2014-2017
Paul Reiser ...  Doug Getty 23 episodes, 2014-2017
Alexandra Turshen ...  Misty 22 episodes, 2014-2017
Jennifer Grey ...  Judy Meyers / ... 21 episodes, 2014-2017
Alexandra Socha ...  Skye Getty 21 episodes, 2014-2017
Freddie Roman ...  Herb 18 episodes, 2014-2017
Josh Meyers ...  Barry 15 episodes, 2014-2017
Gina Gershon ...  Fay Getty 15 episodes, 2015-2017
Gage Golightly ...  Karen 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Nate Smith ...  Skip 12 episodes, 2014-2017
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A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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USA

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English

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28 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Red Oaks See more »

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Newark, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Amazon Studios, Picrow See more »
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Richard Kind, who plays David's father, Sam, says RED OAKS has blossomed because it reflects the personal experiences of co-creators Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi. "So much of it was based on so much they hold dear," Kind says. "In the show, they are reflecting on their fathers, on the fact that they wouldn't be who they are if they hadn't gone through the 80s the way they did." See more »

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Judy's new apartment has a stainless steel dishwasher from the late-2000's or early-2010's. See more »


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Everybody Wants To Rule the World
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Written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, and Chris Hughes
Performed by Tears for Fears
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A warm friendly hug off the TV
3 February 2017 | by forsyth19See all my reviews

Recently discussed this show in a bar with a friend I'd recommended it too, who said he and his wife really enjoyed it and that watching it felt like receiving a warm friendly hug off the TV. With some alcohol in my system I felt I knew what he was driving at.

It's a shame Amazon doesn't appear to promote it as much as it could. It probably struggles to define what to sell it on. The first episode leads you to think rehash of Caddyshack but its not that or a gross-out comedy. Then you might think its a laugh at the 'crazy 80s' show like the Goldbergs, its not that either. My own view is its a very well-observed, well-acted, humorous (occasionally lol) coming of age tale that happens to be set in the 1980s, but I guess difficult to fit all that on promotional material.

The writing is excellent at balancing comedy, character development and the occasional emotional, heart-felt moments. The cherry on top is the soundtrack and rediscovering forgotten gems of 80s music - Talk Talk anyone? OK if you're cynical you might say the characters are cliché and could be distilled down to; the every-man, the stoner genius, the spoilt girl, nice but dim girl, the eccentric foreigner, the hard-nosed business man etc etc. But clichés persist as they tend to exist and when then they're this well portrayed all can be forgiven.

Anyway, I think demographics can help decide whether you'll agree with me or not 1) if you're late 30s or older i.e. you can recall a childhood without mobile phones 2)you're the kinda person who once in a blue moon reflects on your early relationships, your university or first job choices - did you really make the right choices? and 3) you just like well-written comedy and enjoy spending some time getting to know and give a damn about likable characters then give this show a go.

Like any good hug, you'll want it to go on, so all fingers crossed for a 3rd series.


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