Four friends, Tino, Carver, Lor and Tish, spend each weekend exploring new levels of fun. Whether they're gearing up for a sports competition or just hanging out in their Southern California beach town, these inseparable pals help one another negotiate the many obstacles of preadolescence. The underlying theme of the series is friendship - its ups and downs, the compromises and sacrifices, and above all the sense of humor that it takes to keep four very different young people together.
Weekender(s) hanging out in Bahia Bay(Header) Storyboards and concept art by: Chuck Grieb, Glen W. Hill and Sage Birden, members of the show's original crew.
"You are not in control of your or your character’s legacy. Trying to force a character to be memorable is, to me, like trying to make yourself memorable - people will think you’re a pretentious sap. You can make your characters lovable by having them give love to others, by showing them trying their hardest, and by struggling against their own limitations. Be sure to give them limitations. You can make them funny, quirky, unique, or, even better, you can base them on real-life people you know and toss out the elements you are copying from someone else’s work. Don’t force. Tell the truth, and the truth will be funny." - Evan Gore (The Weekenders writer)
"I lived in San Diego and the stories are based on things that happened to me as I was growing up," says The Weekenders executive producer Doug Langdale. "There’s an episode where the gang produce a radio show as part of a contest and that was something I did at school. And like Tino, the main character, I was the only child of a single parent."
The underlying theme of the series is friendship - its ups and downs, the compromises and sacrifices, and above all the sense of humor that it takes to keep four very different young people together.
"It’s about stuff that matters to kids around that age," Langdale says. "It’s also about stuff that matters to everyone," he quickly adds. "I always think that kids have largely the same concerns as adults except for, like, taxes."