It’s game, set, match for “Red Oaks.”
The coming-of-age Amazon series, which follows a high schooler working as a tennis pro at a New Jersey country club in the ’80s, is getting a totally tubular sendoff.
“Red Oaks” — starring Craig Roberts, Richard Kind, Paul Reiser, Alexandra Socha, Gina Gershon and Jennifer Grey — premiered on Amazon in 2015.
The dramedy centers on David Myers (Roberts), who started the show working at the Red Oaks country club, but has moved on to follow his dreams of becoming a director in New York City.
Roberts, 26, relates all too well to the struggles his character faces — mainly because he’s been through them himself as a young filmmaker.
“I definitely share the frustration of wanting to be a filmmaker and make films because it's one of the jobs where you tell people you can do it, but there's no way of proving it unless you have millions of pounds (dollars) to do something,” the British-born actor told the Daily News.
“I never knew that it would go this far when I read the pilot… I never thought it would go all the way down the rabbit hole of him doing it so I’m very happy that he has,” Roberts said. “It's very, very cool.”
At Red Oaks, David befriended the country club's president, Getty (Reiser) after falling for his daughter, Skye (Rocha). When Season 3 kicks off, Skye is no longer the one by his side — instead, it’s his good pal Wheeler (Oliver Cooper).
Wall Street big shot Getty has traded in his country club membership for a cushy country club-style prison this season after being convicted of insider trading of at the end of Season 2.
“It's not the roughest of prisons… (It’s a) country club prison, which is right up my alley, so I'm in prison itching to get out but my world is changing,” Reiser told The News. “Some changes are afoot at the country club and I'm trying to manage from my stay in prison… my world is crumbling under my feet.”
And David’s dad, played by Kind, has moved on from the split with his former wife and David’s mother (Grey) and has both a new girlfriend — and a new career.
The series kicked off ‘80s nostalgia on streaming TV before “Stranger Things” and “This is Us” broke through the market — yet Amazon’s success with other series gave the Steven Soderbergh-produced show a hard time breaking into the mainstream.
Amazon's breakout hits have included "Transparent" and "The Man in the High Castle," giving "Red Oaks" little room to shine.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its loyal followers.
After two seasons, Amazon made the decision an end to the nostalgic chapter.
“I think it was sort of a gift from Amazon to say ‘you know this is a really great show and we're not going to continue with it anymore but we would like to give some finality to these characters,’” Kind told the Daily News.
Reiser agreed and without giving too much away, said the series has a satisfying end.
“At the same time, if next year there was a ground swell and they said ‘we want more,’ you absolutely could pick up and say there's more story to be told,” Reiser told The News.
Kind added, “There is something to be said for leaving them wanting more.”
The third and final season of “Red Oaks” is available for streaming on Amazon on Oct. 20.
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