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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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