Friday, November 3, 2017

Now on Amazon Prime: Red Oaks, Season 3 (2017)

Red Oaks, Season 3 (2017) - Created by Joe Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs; Starring Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser, Oliver Cooper, Ennis Esmer, Richard Kind, Alexandra Turshen, Jennifer Grey, Gina Gershon, Allison Lanier.

By Kenny Howell

Red Oaks has always been a series about tone.

It's not the funniest comedy on TV, it doesn't have the most endearing characters, but it was always good at making you want to live in it. It is set in the 1980s, and always tried to recreate that feeling of 1980s films (even having a body switch episode), but still keeping it grounded and modern.

Season 3, which is just a short six episodes, wraps everything up and keeps that tone alive until the end.

We jump ahead to 1987 in the third season, and see David (Craig Roberts) working as a PA for a production company that focuses on commercials, music videos, etc. He is trying to get his foot in the door, but having trouble because of his asshole boss that doesn't believe he has any talent.


David's best buddy Wheeler (Oliver Cooper) has joined him in New York City, going to Columbia, and trying to hold on to his hot girlfriend Misty (Alexandra Turshen) despite her working for a handsome new dentist.

Getty (Paul Reiser) is about out of federal prison from his money misbehavings. He becomes dismayed when he learns from the tennis pro Nash, that Japanese businessmen are trying to buy the country club Red Oaks, and he makes it his mission to save it.

David's dad Sam (Richard Kind) is also getting his life back on track, dating the sister of one of his good friends, and possibly starting a new business.

All of the third season is about taking things to the end and wrapping up everyone's stories. So there is a feeling of marching toward the end the entire time. That isn't a problem, it's treated like a goodbye, and it is what this show deserved, even if it was a significantly shorter season. Not all of the original characters get full arcs, but they all make at least a cameo return to help with the goodbye. It's just nice to spend one last time at the country club.

All three seasons of Red Oaks is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: ***

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