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"Sneaky Pete" review by Suzanne 12/31/16
First episode streams now on Amazon; the rest premieres Jan. 13

On the advice of a friend, I finally got around to watching the pilot episode of this show. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed it and will definitely watch the full season when it debuts. The show is about a con man, Marius, who leaves jail and takes the place of his chatty cellmate, Pete, in order to hide from some mobsters who want to kill him. Pete's family hasn't seen him in a long time, so they don't know what he looks like, I guess. (That part was a little hard to swallow; people don't change all that much when they age from, say, high school to their 30's.) But otherwise, it was very good.

Giovanni Ribisi is great as Marius. We see everything through his eyes as he carefully worms his way into the family. Graham Yost ("Justified" and "The Americans") writes it, and he's always excellent. The wonderful Margo Martindale plays Pete's grandmother. Bryan Cranston has a small part as the gangster who wants his money back from Pete. The characters in the show are interesting and not your average TV show stereotypes.

Check this one out because it will surprise you. It's just as much about Marius finding a new, kooky family as it is about all of the other stuff. It's very fun and original.


A con man (Giovanni Ribisi) on the run from a vicious gangster (Bryan Cranston) takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, "reuniting" with Pete's estranged family, a colorful, dysfunctional group that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he's trying to escape - and, just maybe, give him a taste of the loving family he's never had.

Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane Mcrae

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