TV Show Reviews
Pete" review by Suzanne
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
First episode streams now on Amazon; the rest premieres Jan.
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
- Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane Mcrae
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