Red Oaks: Season 1 Reviews

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May 15, 2019
A less manic "Caddyshack," this cinematic coming-of-age comedy with surprising heart follows college student David Myers (Craig Roberts)... One quibble: The ensemble cast is so uniformly strong that David is a bit too bland.
May 15, 2019
The central story works quite well; Roberts is excellent, and Reiser gives his character some real depth. Where Red Oaks frays is around the edges, as it presses to add more laughs to remind us that we're watching a comedy.
May 15, 2019
The show is full of hearty laughs and nostalgic vibes. The stellar cast includes Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser and Richard Kind.
November 3, 2017
From its first season, Red Oaks stood apart just by using '80s-era music that never felt overly familiar.
October 14, 2015
Red Oaks paints a past that is just a closed-ended cocoon for some man's injured feelings. I have come to expect more complexity from television.
October 9, 2015
And yet, like a lot of shows that would seem to have everything going for them but don't quite jell, I suspect the problem here is that Red Oaks is a story better suited to a stand-alone film... and feels needlessly protracted when stretched out.
May 15, 2019
Red Oaks is a stellar blend of workplace and relationship comedy smashed together with in-the-moment family drama, and it's all anchored by a stellar cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 15, 2019
While the kooky characters will attempt to distract you, essentially [Craig Roberts] is faced with a life that will be enjoyable or one where he will be rich... As decisions go, it verges on the trivial, as therefore does the heart of this program.
May 15, 2019
It's comfortable, funny without being jokey, and it contains that bit of magic and authenticity that elevates every great coming-of-age story.
May 15, 2019
It's so indebted to its influences that it doesn't quite stand on its own two feet. But... it's very well executed and has a big heart, much of it brought by an excellent cast.
May 15, 2019
In the end, Red Oaks depends so much on paying tribute to '80s films that it forgets to do much of anything else. If its particular brand of Caddyshack-meets-John-Hughes nostalgia isn't up your alley, Red Oaks doesn't work too hard to win you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 15, 2019
It has a grace and gentility to it that kept me invested. Based on Cooper's charms and an interesting setting, despite too many well-worn 80s visual cliches, I'm into it.
May 15, 2019
The references to the '80s -- such as the amazing aerobic outfits -- are a little kitschy, but it's mostly acceptable because the people and stories feel sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 8, 2016
Red Oaks is not a terrible show, but it's one that would've made a better 90-minute movie than ten-episode series.
November 5, 2015
Oaks offers many laughs and comical moments (and a vast array of impressive moustaches).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2015
It's endearing and entertaining.
October 9, 2015
There's a strong basis for a show here, and unlike a lot of pilots the creators seem to already intimately know the world they've created.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 9, 2015
Series creators Jacobs and Gangemi infuse a delightfully surprising air to each episode, throwing in '80s hallmarks like outrageous side characters, apt musical numbers, sex, drugs and even a body-swap episode.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 9, 2015
It's not the worst way to spend a half-hour, but Red Oaks also doesn't feel like essential viewing.
October 9, 2015
Red Oaks' summer-long arc has enough space to depict David and friends' personal highs, their crushing lows, and the small-town mundanities that Ferris Bueller didn't have to stop and look around for.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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