Fairfax is returning to Amazon Prime with Season 2 on June 10. The animated series landed on our list of best shows to watch on Prime Video with Season 1 for a reason. The show’s premise couldn’t be more fitting for viewers who are fans of streetwear, comedy, pop culture and animation.
Fairfax focuses on a group of four middle schoolers, Dale (Skyler Gisondo), Derica (Kiersey Clemons), Benny (Peter S. Kim), and Truman (Jaboukie Young-White), as they find their place on Fairfax Avenue. The Los Angeles street has become a hub for streetwear culture and the co-creators told Complex in a previous interview that they spent time here when they were teenagers themselves. Their focus for the show is not to celebrate the people in the Fairfax in-crowd, but to share the perspective of the ones that are consistently trying to be part of that world.
Aside from wanting to get their hands on the latest Latrine gear, each of the main characters on the show has a cause they are passionate about, whether it’s filmmaking or activism, that gives them depth.
The show’s three creators and executive producers Teddy Riley, Matt Hausfater, and Aaron Buchsbaum knew that would be necessary if they were making a show about Gen Z, who as a whole currently seem to be one of the most well-rounded group of people in our society.
The producers made it a point to put together a writer’s room that could capture the essence of Gen Z in a way that was accurate and respectful, and it shows. “We put together a writer’s room of really incredible young voices that were very tapped into the culture,” Buchsbaum tells Complex. “We’re all just really impressed and fans of this new generation. It’s so incredible what they’re doing and what they have going on and how much they have to balance.”
While the kids obsess over the latest Latrine or Off-Brian drops, which are the show’s versions of Supreme and Off-White, Fairfax also showcases other parts of their lives, their friendships and finding their place in the world. Fairfax is also finding its way within a booming universe of animated shows aimed at an older audience. Following shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons is a difficult task but the producers are proud to be included in the conversation. “It’s so awesome to be a part of this new wave of animation. We’re huge fans of the genre. We love Rick and Morty and Big Mouth and it’s great,” Riley tells Complex. “Feels like there’s a wave of new animation that’s coming and we’re so stoked to be a part of it.”
“Animated movies and television are the best product out there. There’s a reason why, even on the features side, all these animated movies are so goddamn good,” Buchsbaum adds. “And then on television, the bar keeps getting raised. Animated television is just so strong right now. And we’re lucky to be a part of it.”
Complex sat down with Riley, Hausfater, and Buchsbaum to talk all things Season 2, working with Guy Fieri, building their own Springfield and more. Check out our interview with the producers above and an exclusive clip from Season 2 above.