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Joints, Jalopies and Jennifer Grey: A Look at the ‘Red Oaks’ Set

Rolling Stone went on set for the season finale of Amazon’s new coming-of-age show, set in the Eighties

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Oliver Cooper taking a break in between scenes while posing for a portrait and taking an imaginary hit of weed.

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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.

Photos by Devin Yalkin

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Red Oaks 7/29/2015 Richard Kind walking back towards the director after finishing filming a scene.

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Richard Kind, on the ‘Red Oaks’ set

Richard Kind walking back towards the director after finishing filming a scene.

Craig Roberts and Jennifer Grey

Red Oaks 7/29/2015 During one of the scenes, Jennifer Grey hugs Craig Roberts who plays her son.

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Jennifer Grey and Craig Roberts, on the ‘Red Oaks’ set

During one of the scenes, Jennifer Grey hugs Craig Roberts who plays her son.

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‘Red Oaks’ crew member takes a photo from the cast’s chairs

One of the Red Oaks film crew takes a photo of the house where the scene is taking place.

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Red Oaks 7/29/2015 Craig Roberts poses for a portrait before filming a new scene.

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Craig Roberts takes a break on ‘Red Oaks’ set

Craig Roberts poses for a portrait before filming a new scene.

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Craig Roberts and Richard Kind, filming ‘Red Oaks’ season finale

Richard Kind getting a touchup by the film crew's make up artist after filming a scene.

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Oliver Cooper talks ‘Red Oaks’ scene with assistant director

Oliver Cooper talking with Randall Ehrmann, one of Red Oak's first assistant directors about the scene that they were filming.

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Red Oaks 7/29/2015 Some of the crew talk amongst themselves about the lighting coming into the house.

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‘Red Oaks’ crew talk lighting at the Meyers characters’ house

Some of the crew talk amongst themselves about the lighting coming into the house.

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Red Oaks 7/29/2015 Jennifer Grey takes a pause after filming a scene

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Jennifer Grey, between ‘Red Oaks’ scenes

Jennifer Grey takes a pause after filming a scene.

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Director David Gordon Green, on ‘Red Oaks’ set

Director David Gordon Green speaks with actor Richard Kind and Red Oaks director of photography Ben Kasulke.

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Red Oaks 7/29/2015 Jennifer Grey talking with director David Gordon Green while Craig Roberts look on.

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Jennifer Grey talks scene with ‘Red Oaks’ director David Gordon Green

Jennifer Grey talking with director David Gordon Green while Craig Roberts look on.

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Red Oaks 7/29/2015 Richard Kind hanging out on set before filming the next scene.

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Richard Kind, between ‘Red Oaks’ takes

Richard Kind, hanging out on set before filming the next scene.

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