Sneaky Pete is the highly rated Amazon series you probably haven’t heard about. It has certainly gained something of a cult status, and here’s why we think this under-the-radar show is very much worth a watch…
What is Sneaky Pete about?
Created by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston (who also appears in the series) and The Good Doctor’s David Shore, Sneaky Pete is an American crime drama series following the misadventures of Marius Josipovic.
Marius is a released convict. After serving time for a series of confidence tricks, upon his release he discovers that there’s a hit out on his life.
In attempt to lay low and dodge powerful gangster Vince (played by Bryan Cranston) he moved to upstate New York and adopts the identity of Pete Murphy – his former prison cell mate.
Marius is soon accepted by Pete's family as their long-lost son - easily done as the real Pete hasn’t been home in 20 years.
As he settles into his new life as Pete, his new family turns out to be far quirkier and complicated than he initially thought. How long can he keep his web of lies instact? And how long before Vince finds him in his new small-town hideaway?
Who is in Sneaky Pete?
Giovanni Ribisi as Marius Josipovic
Giovanni stars as the central character ‘Sneaky Pete’, an ex-convict and serial conman called Marius who has adapted the identity of his former prison cell mate Pete Murphy. Giovanni is a popular American actor whose major roles include playing Ralph Mariano in My Name is Earl, Warner Whittemore in Dads, Donny in the Ted movies and as Parker Selfridge in the Avatar franchise.
Marin Ireland as Julia Bernhardt
Marin Ireland plays Julia, the real Pete’s first cousin. She is a single mother and a bounty hunter who hopes to save the family business of bond collecting through catching some high-value fugitives – and enlists Pete (Marius) to help. Marin is an established theatre and screen actress, and other major television appearances include Masters of Sex, The Slap, Girls and Homeland.
Margo Martindale as Audrey Bernhardt
Margo Martindale plays Marius’ new family’s matriarch, Audrey, and is the real Pete’s grandmother. Margo’s acting career dates back to the 1980s and she’s appeared in The Americans, BoJack Horseman, Cars 3 and Downsizing.
Peter Gerety as Otto Bernhardt
Peter Gerety plays Otto Bernhardt, Audrey’s husband and the real Pete’s grandfather. Peter has a lengthy acting legacy and has appeared in major shows such as Mercy Street, Madam Secretary, Public Morals and Brothers & Sisters.
Bryan Cranston as Vince
Bryan Cranston, the co-creator of Sneaky Pete, is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad. In Sneaky Pete he plays the antagonist, Vince, a charismatic gangster who has it in for Marius.
What are the critics saying?
Sneaky Pete currently boasts a 95% Rotten Tomatoes approval ratings and an 8.3/10 IMDB rating. Television critic Ken Tucker called it ‘Funny and suspenseful’ while Adam White for the Daily Telegraph described its first season as ‘The show’s irresistible central hook and largely winning ensemble are strong enough to convince you to stick with it.’
How many seasons are there?
To date there have been two seasons of Sneaky Pete and a third one is anticipated within the next year. The first series began in 2015.
When is season three?
Rumour has it that the third season of Sneaky Pete will see it relocate to sunny California.
While an official release date for series three of Sneaky Pete has yet to be announced, we predict it will drop on Amazon Prime in Spring 2019. This is based on the fact there was almost a 14-month gap between the release of the first and second series.
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