Red Oaks prepares for Season 2 with spectacularly 80s video
Staff Reporter | On 25, Oct 2016Reading time: 4 mins
Red Oaks returns next month for a second season and its embracing its 1980s period more than ever with a brilliantly terrible new trailer.
The video takes every VHS-era advert cliche you can think of and runs with it, resulting in a mess of dodgy visuals, equally dodgy fonts, cheesy music and even cheesier puns. But it also serves as a neat introduction to the characters for newcomers, as well as the cast’s uniformly sharp comic timing. There’s Craig Roberts as tennis coach David, who’s here to “serve” you, Ennis Esmer as his senior, Nash, who’s making “quite the racket”, Oliver Cooper as Wheeler, the valet and barman, who’s “shaking it up”. We could go on…
The show returns exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 11th November. Catch up with our review of Season 1 here – or hit the button below the video to start streaming. The pilot remains free for anyone to see, whether they’re an Amazon Prime Video subscriber or not.
Red Oaks Season 2 trailer arrives
11th October 2016
Welcome back to the summer of 1986, when Top Gun was #1 at the box office and life was much simpler – unless you’re at the Red Oaks Country Club.
Amazon’s original comedy returns this November for Season 2 of coming-of-age shenanigans, and now we’ve got our first glimpse of what the show’s second run looks like. The answer? A lot like the first, but with a year under everyone’s belts, things are slowly changing.
Craig Roberts reprises his role as assistant tennis pro David Meyers (British actor Craig Roberts, Submarine), who’s had a year of upheaval. In a freefall following his parents’ divorce, forced to drop out of NYU and forego dreams of becoming a filmmaker, his one silver lining has been his budding romance with Skye, the daughter of club president Doug Getty. But when Skye returns home from a year abroad in Paris with more worldly ways and a newfound independence, David finds himself caught in the middle between his strong-willed girlfriend and her equally stubborn dad.
Meanwhile, Roguish head pro Nash decides to try his hand at gold-digging, valet-turned-bartender Wheeler continues his quest to win the heart of lifelong crush Misty, and ex-spouses Sam and Judy explore the New Jersey singles scene.
From Wall Street to Parisian boulevards, Manhattan courtrooms to SoHo art galleries, backyard weddings to back nine sexual encounters, Red Oaks Season 2 promises to be just like the first. But completely different.
All episodes premiere on Friday 11th November. Here’s the trailer:
Red Oaks will return for Season 2 on 11th November
8th August 2016
Red Oaks will return for a second season this November.
The coming-of-age comedy, which is produced by Steven Soderbergh, stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as a tennis coach in a 1980s country club – a world of stoners, stuck-up clients and scarily large hair.
“Between the leg warmers and charmingly innocent love stories of the period, this tennis training/growing pains/social divide comedy just keeps serving up the laughs,” we said of Season 1.
“The season climaxes with that same, keen sense of nostalgia, a warm appreciation of the past and growing up. But the most promising thing about Amazon’s series is that while sitcoms, by definition, generally stay the same overall, Red Oaks hints that it might mix things up completely for a second season, injecting a more European sensibility. Intelligent and always amusing, the show is a fine addition to an increasingly mature roster of Amazon originals. Coming of age is one thing; this is a comedy that’s willing to fly the nest.”
Sure enough, speaking at Amazon’s Television Critics Association event, co-creators Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi – appearing with cast members Roberts, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, Oliver Cooper, Paul Reiser, Alexandra Socha and Ennis Esmer – confirmed that there will be visits to both New York and Paris.
“It’s first and foremost a comedy,” teased Kind. “We just go deeper.”
Season 1 already went surprisingly deep with a fantastic body-swap episode, which saw David and Sam switch personalities for 30 minutes. The producers said there wouldn’t be anything quite that crazy in Season 2, but that there will be a “classic 80s road movie episode”. They also joked about the idea of a Back to the Future-style visit to 2016.
Grey, who plays Judy Meyers, said her marriage (which was “on the cliff” in Season 1) “goes off the cliff” in Season 2. “We are no longer hanging (and characters) go splat in our own spots. Judy Meyers is figuring out who she is after 22 years of being in a time machine.”
Reiser, meanwhile, praised the Amazon series, which felt like a “vacation” compared to doing 22 episodes of a network TV show.
All episodes of Red Oaks Season 2 will premiere on Friday 11th November.