So I go through fazes where no matter how much research, time and effort I put in to finding a new series to watch, I come up with the same answer, nothing. If I’m at work I’ll think to myself, “when I get home I am going to watch Jessica Jones on Netflix”, then I get home, load it up and just stare blankly at the Netflix homepage. I decide I don’t fancy it anymore and end up either watching something I’ve seen a thousand times, or I play a video game.
It annoys me that I am the way I am as there is a truck load of television out there for me to watch and I am trying to change which is what brought me to Amazon Studios own, Red Oaks.
Set in 1985, it follows a teenager who works as a tennis coach at a country club for the wealthy people of suburban New Jersey. A coming-of-age series which see’s our lead David dealing with life, love and adulthood but with plenty of speed bumps along the way.
I flew through this 10-episode series and hope it earned enough praise to get a second hopefully next year although nothing has been confirmed.
Being based in the 80’s I am impressed that apart from the music, they refrain from throwing in any unnecessary references which make a nice change as I don’t need to have Alf, Where’s The Beef or “new Coke” shoved down my throat. I know what decade its set in and I’m grateful the creators realise the viewers are intelligent enough to remember as well. I hope that doesn’t come across as being sarcastic because it’s not, I genuinely mean it and I hope they don’t fall in to the trap when/if they get a second season.
Some of the characters are hilarious, my pick of the bunch being the head tennis pro, Nash who also shares his wise words and wisdom to help lead David along the way. He has a way with the ladies and is always looking to get rich and become a member of Red Oaks rather than an employee.
The president of the club, Mr Getty is another one of my favourites. He has a soft spot for David and also lends him some words of advice but is quick to remind people who he is and certainly knows a kiss-ass when he sees one.
There are (as always) plenty of other characters but as you know, I don’t like to mention all of them as this review would be 10 times longer and I wouldn’t want to spoil too much for you. I must say there are some old faces that you’ll recognise and they all do a great job.
When I watched Red Oaks I couldn’t help but think of Caddyshack, the only difference being this is much less zany. It’s a great series and I highly recommend giving it a try and seeing what you think. There is plenty of sex, drugs and rock and roll for people to sink their teeth in to and there are some hilarious situations that characters somehow get themselves in to.
So if you are an Amazon Prime member and are yet to check this out, then stop reading (maybe watch the video below first to whet your appetite) and get involved, you will not be disappointed.
Until next time… 🙂