A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive themes include self-discovery, friendship, and independence. But there's also a focus on partying, getting laid, and rebellion.
Positive Role Models
David is on a journey to find himself and figure out his future, but he doesn't always make the right choices. That said, he's one of the most relatable characters in a sea of iffy role models.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo and bare breasts.
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Unbleeped language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--ksucker," and the like. Sexual slang includes "bush," "schtup" "poontang," and so on.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy social drinking, binge drinking, and smoking. A secondary character sells pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Red Oaks is a mature, exclusively streaming series with a throwback feel for big-screen comedies of the 1980s. That translates into unbleeped swearing (from "f--k" to "c--ksucker"), raunchy sex talk and nudity, social drinking, and recreational drug use (mainly pot).
Is It Any Good?
Executive produced by Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, Red Oaks feels like a love letter to the raunchy sex comedies of the 1980s, which admittedly might not appeal to everyone. But those who pine for al fresco debauchery and gratuitous boob shots -- not to mention a nostalgic soundtrack -- will find a sufficiently addictive series with memorable characters and great performances, in particular from the highly quotable Esmer and Josh Meyers (the brother of SNL alum and late-night host Seth).
Red Oaks isn't aimed at younger audiences, so any positive messages stemming from David's burgeoning self-awareness come with a heaping side of strong language, partying, and sex. Any one of those elements could distract teens from the series' more thoughtful takeaways, but the presence of all three points decidedly toward precaution, making Red Oaks a series that's better saved for adults.
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