"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."