Many of my reviews of new TV shows the past few weeks have been focused on suspense, thrillers, and drama. So how about something more light and fun?
manages to tackle some serious issues, while also being funny. David is
ambivalent about the career his dad has chosen for him - accounting -
when his real passion is videography and film, something his dad refers
to as his hobby, even when he gets paying jobs in the field. Meanwhile,
he and his girlfriend are drifting apart, though neither seems ready to
admit that. This summer is something of a turning point for David and
many of his friends, as they struggle on the brink of adulthood to
figure out what they really want out of life. Meanwhile, David gets
plenty of advice from his parents and various characters at the club,
including Mr. Getty, whose gorgeous & rebellious daughter seems
attracted to David (and vice-versa). One recent episode featured a
Freaky Friday-like switch between David and his dad which was hilarious!
of the fun things about this show is its 80's vibe - the clothing, the
excess, the big hair. I was actually in college in 1985, so I am loving
the nostalgic feel. Lest you think they overdid the 80's fashions, I
actually wore outfits to aerobics classes almost identical to the ones
David's girlfriend, Karen, wears on the show! Actually, I think they got
the look spot-on: it's not everyone in neon or looking like Madonna,
the way some shows and movies depict the 80's but more realistic. And
the music! I am loving the music. I had "Love is Like Oxygen" in my head
All in all, it's a fun, nostalgic romp, and I
am thoroughly enjoying the ride. If you enjoyed John Hughes' movies in
the 80's, you will love Red Oaks.
Red Oaks is available for free (and exclusively) on Amazon Prime.
What new shows are you enjoying?