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A First season of Sneaky Pete began airing on January 13, 2017

S1 Started January 13, 2017

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Giovanni Ribisi stars in a new crime and drama series as Sneaky Pete.  Originally commissioned by CBS for the pilot, they took a pass in its launch.  Several months later, as part of their drive for more content, Amazon Studios picked up the pilot and released it for streaming on August 7, 2015.  Receiving the go ahead about a month later, show writer David Shore and director Seth Gordon are presumably working on the full season now.

In the pilot we are introduced to Marius, a con artist doing time and about to be released from jail.  His shady past is about to catch up to him, having crossed a crime boss, so he decides to take on the identity of his cell-mate Pete, played by Ethan Embry.  Believing Pete’s family, with which there has been no contact for 20 years or so due to a fight between his mother and grandparents, may have significant funds being in the bond trade.  He is disappointed to find out they are in fact running a mom and pop bail bonds service.  When his own brother lets him down, Marius-come-Pete decides he needs to stick to the role he’s playing.  The tight-knit clan is harder to infiltrate than he though, being he didn’t have much of a family growing up.

The pilot was filmed with movie-quality cinematography.  There are no special effects of which to speak, but the action scenes are compelling in their drama.  It is filmed partially in New York City and presumably set somewhere else in New York State – it isn’t very clear where the family farm is located.  The writing is engaging and believable, with excellent acting by several familiar faces, along with some new ones.  Margo Martindale steals her scenes as the loving, but suspicious, grandmother.  Though we don’t expect to see much of Mr. Embry, he is as adorable as always in his portrayal of the real Pete.

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The full season will undoubtedly give us more background on how Marius came into his life of crime.  He’s clearly gregarious which makes manipulating people easier, but it takes more than just a drug-addicted mother to send someone down such a path.  It will also be interesting to see if he’s able to salvage his relationship with his brother and save his skin from the NYC crime boss.  Further, Pete’s family has troubles of its own.  Marin Ireland gives a vulnerability to Julia, Pete’s cousin, though she has to be tough while she’s trying to take the lead role in the family business.  Her younger sister makes some poor choices while fighting teen ennui, which will likely lead to some interesting times for the family.  Cousin Taylor, played by Shane McRae, is a cop and obvious foil for Marius.  There also appears to be some chemistry between Marius and Julia, which will no doubt be awkward as long as he’s passing himself off as Pete.

There are any number of reasons Marius will have to keep up the pretense throughout a whole season.  If it goes beyond that, the writer has already made provision for the real Pete to be released from prison in two years.  This can cause any

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number of interesting situations if Marius hasn’t yet been discovered, especially if he has endeared himself to the family.  Of course, given the estrangement, the real Pete might never actually show up.  While the characters are engaging and entertaining, it is difficult to believe the show has long-term viability given its current premise.  Still, two or three seasons is a good run, and Amazon made a great call giving the green light on this project.

Sneaky Pete will be back on January 13th! The Amazon megahit has been off for far too long but the fans have not forgotten that it’s one of the biggest reasons to subscribe.


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P. Crawford
P. Crawford
5 months 4 days ago

Loved the 1 episode…am looking forward to several more.

AJC
AJC
4 months 27 days ago

Same. 2016 is coming to an end, though. Is this still going to be released?

MANSTER
MANSTER
4 months 1 day ago

I would like to watch all episodes of sneaky pete. When is it going to available. Please send out a date, time etc….. Also will netflix show sneaky pete.

ADJ
ADJ
2 months 25 days ago

Why would Netflix show an Amazon Original?

dean
dean
3 months 26 days ago

it’s a now or never world. either get shit done now or it never gets done. take the PJs off and put the suit on and get off your lazy asses and start filming and start airing the lrogram already, before i am 90 years old and lose interest.

Lala
Lala
2 months 7 days ago

How much longer do we have to wait . We have less than 2 mo. Left in 2016?? Whats the issue. The pilot was awesome. Lets go!!!

Chuck Furtado
Chuck Furtado
1 month 22 days ago

It’s the end of November.
Did you shelf this show????

Etsj
Etsj
1 month 15 days ago

January 2017 is the official release date.

J Hindin
J Hindin
1 month 13 days ago

I loved it was disappointed when didn’t see episode two. So I googled it and saw that they were working on next episode. It’s hard to find good TV shows anymore this one looks promising. Love the actors in it.

Monica
Monica
1 month 13 days ago

I like it too, great premise, I’m 63, cant afford to wait much longer 🙂

Stell
Stell
1 month 13 days ago

Love it and love Giovanni. Please hurry and do more

Janet Etzkorn
Janet Etzkorn
1 month 4 days ago

Loved it hope more episodes come out soon.

pam
pam
17 days 23 hours ago

Liked the pilot can’t wait for Jan. 17 to see more.

Kay
Kay
3 days 10 hours ago

Binge watched the whole first season. Excellent show!

Holly
Holly
1 day 8 hours ago

I thought the 2nd season this was on Amazon as of Jan 13 2017???? Can’t find it anywhere on amazon prime

Manster
Manster
18 hours 1 minute ago

Great shows! When or is there going to be a second season with a lot of episodes. Can’t wait to watch, hopefully there will be a second season, if anyone out there knows I would appreciate a reply, thanks!

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