On Red Oaks, Amazon's new coming-of-age comedy series, it seems like every character is trying to figure out just where he or she is headed. On the set, though, everyone in the cast and crew hit their marks. Rolling Stone visited the show, which premieres in full on Friday, this past July in Pearl River, New York, where they were filming the first season's finale for an inside look at how it was made.
The show's plot focus on NYU student David Meyers (actor Craig Roberts), who just got a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Just as he's finding his footing, though, his life starts to unravel: His girlfriend wants to settle down, his father has a heart attack, his boss is a jerk and there's a girl at the club who fascinates him in a way that could threaten his relationship. Along the way, he sees his parents on MDMA, swaps bodies with his dad like in Freaky Friday and finds himself filming some club members' sex video. From the start, it seems like there's no way he can survive the summer.
When Rolling Stone made it to the set to see Roberts & Co. wrap the story up, it was a sweltering summer day. Between breaks at portable air-conditioners, he shot scenes with Richard Kind, who played his father, and Oliver Cooper, who plays his friend Wheeler, in and around an office building that was supposed to be the elder Meyers' accounting office. Roberts, Kind and actress Jennifer Grey (who plays his mother) also shot some scenes at the red house where the Meyers family lives. Click through the gallery to see what happened.
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