Red Oaks: Season 1 Reviews

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October 9, 2015
What struck me the most about the first episode of Red Oaks, and I'm sure this will carry over into future episodes, is that it's about the '80s that is not so steeped in nostalgia that it's overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 9, 2015
If Red Oaks sometimes plays like some kind of cross between Caddyshack and Goodbye, Columbus, it's also got its own streak of romantic originality that keeps you watching one episode after another.
October 8, 2015
There's déjà vu to more than just the period of Amazon's slice of life tennis comedy, but Red Oaks is a consistent player with surprising potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 8, 2015
The older characters hear a ticking clock... as the younger ones wake to new experiences. It gives the series a half-melancholy air of precious, fleeting life that makes the series something greater than its parts, and very much worth the binge.
October 8, 2015
The result, while uneven across its 10 episodes... is undeniably charming.
October 8, 2015
The love story that's supposed to be the spine of the show never really gains heat, but Roberts' varied interplay with Reiser, Esmer and Kind keeps the show going.
October 8, 2015
There are increasingly diminishing returns when it comes to watching a 20-year-old navigate between the push of his own desires and the pull of others' expectations, and David Myers... is too passive and inert to root for.
October 8, 2015
The episodes may not make you laugh out loud, but with a few clanging exceptions (led by an inexplicable Freaky Friday detour) they generally feel both warm and true.
October 8, 2015
Derivative as it is from a distance, Red Oaks often redeems itself in close-ups.
October 8, 2015
It's not merely an experiment in nostalgia. The characterization and crisp writing have a biting comic edge, keeping the story from sinking into sentimental mush.
October 7, 2015
Streaming encourages looking at the complete story, which Jacobs and Gangemi do with Red Oaks. Although the show may be a period piece, the story and characters are not frozen in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2015
Another valentine to the '80s, Red Oaks is a series without many original beats, but which nevertheless assembles its familiar ones in a pretty digestible package.
October 5, 2015
This is a likable ensemble, filled with talented young future stars (Roberts and Turshen especially) and great veterans who don't get enough work, like Reiser and Kind.
September 25, 2015
The series from David Gordon Green of Eastbound & Down is mildly entertaining, no more and no less.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 24, 2015
I'd tune in just to watch Ennis Esmer, who's hilariously sleazy as David's boss. For anyone who misses Eastbound's Kenny Powers, here's your new favorite character. He's just the right amount of wrong.
September 17, 2015
It's been a year, and what feels like several Amazon pilot seasons... Or maybe I've just gotten impatient to see more of a show that had such a strong command of tone and its world in its first outing.
September 16, 2015
Amazon's new half-hour dramedy Red Oaks, written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi (and Co-Produced by Steven Soderbergh), is no better or worse than its peers in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 15, 2015
Packed with plenty of nostalgic vibes, witty dialogue and likable characters, Red Oaks treks across some familiar terrain, but it still manages to feel fresh and relevant.
December 8, 2014
Red Oaks feels like a love letter to the raunchy sex comedies of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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