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46 out of 48 people found the following review useful:
Quality Television DOES exist, 27 August 2001
Author: (email@example.com) from North Hollywood, CA
The Adventures of Pete and Pete is what more television shows should strive
for. Kids can enjoy it, but I was 19 when I started watching it and have
been intrigued ever since (I'm 24 now). This show is unique, humorous but
not in the traditional way, very well written, very surreal and there is
enough mystery to leave a variety of impressions and interpretations.
Things that should be small events are blown up to very large scale
circumstances with apocalyptic consequences. Other stories take completely
random and unreal situations and make them a part of everyday life. If
people thought like this on a daily basis, everyone's life would be much
Artie, "The Strongest Man in the World", is a skinny fellow in striped pyjamas. His favorite smell is tire air. He's little Pete's personal superhero. Artie, who calls things "Pipe" when they're going well, is the only man capable of vanquishing a bowling ball that comes between two brothers. Without special effects the writers have created a very convincing alternate universe.
The stories are usually called "weird". More appropriately, they are metaphorical and mysterious. Little Pete and friends must survive a gym class dodge ball match, while Big Pete needs to study for a test. Whatensues is an epic of revolution and facing your fears. Cryptic characters come and go, bearing vague clues and meanings such as an old woman with a leg vein pattern matching an Iowa road map (though I've seen a map of Iowa and it's really just a big grid). Other times, yes, it's just plain weird. Very funny too.
Pete and Pete breaks away from every boring and trite television show out there. The problems on most sit-coms are stupid, petty and seem like every other show out there (everyday life is great, but WATCHING everyday life sucks). Pete and Pete breaks out of that completely. The storylines create profound meanings from quirky twists on everyday life; the quest for perfection...using an underwear inspector, a "lost" favorite song and the journey to get it back. If there is ANYTHING to compare this show to, it's like Tim Burton got control of the Wonder Years...kind of.
Pete and Pete says there is excitement in everyday life and implies that just about anything is possible...why not be a bus driver or a bear for career day?
If TV were truly what it should be: A medium to entertain, inspire and teach the masses, we would see so many more shows like this. Talented writers who made something unique right down to the theme music.
And the guest stars! They're offbeat yet recognizable and respectable... Steve Buchemi, Janine Garofolo, Chris Elliot, Adam West. Then rock and roll stars: Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop and Juliana Hatfield. Finally out of the blue you get Monday Night Football's Frank Gifford and PBS's John McLaughlin. Like I said, unique right down to the theme song.
This show is awesome.
45 out of 48 people found the following review useful:
Television's pinnacle., 2 November 2005
Author: Scoopy from Budapest
Unlike many who commented on this show, I didn't grow up watching Pete
and Pete. You see, I'm nearly 60 years old.
I discovered it by accident, or I should say that my stepdaughter discovered it by accident, then I walked by and got hooked like Bob the bass. I ended being the show's biggest fan. As I re-watch it on DVD, I love it more than ever. Today I got season two and was going to watch one episode to pass the time. That had a prayer. As soon as I saw the episode names, I knew I had to watch them again: The Time Tunnel, Inspector 34, The Phone Call.
Those three episodes alone will demonstrate to you that this series is good in ways that no other series has ever touched. It says as much about America as any Ken Burns documentary, it makes me laugh as much as the best episodes of Seinfeld, and it's cooler than anything which ever sprang from the mind of Slushmaster Bob. Its narrative flow is deeply cynical, yet there is a strong undercurrent of warmth and hope, as if it despairs of what people are, without forgetting what they yet might be. It never forgets that we, like the Petes when they time-travel, may yet find a way to do it over, and get it right. Even without Riboflavin.
I have been a major league TV addict for 50 years, and if you ask me to name the best show I have ever watched ... well, I don't know if I could name just one ... but this obscure Nickelodeon show would be one that would come to mind - alongside I, Claudius and The Civil War and The Simpsons and all the other greats. It's sheer genius, with more than a touch of poetry.
In the words of Inspector 34, it's so much better than underpants.
24 out of 28 people found the following review useful:
The Best Show of the Early 90's!!, 21 February 2003
Author: Nick Dets from US
1993. What a good year for Nickelodeon. "Rocko's Modern Life" aired its
first season and continued to break ground for animated television
along with others such as "Ren and Stimpy", and "Doug." The icing on
the cake, though, is the spunky, indie show "Pete and Pete" with enough
originality to spawn a film series.
There is an undeniable wonder of "Pete and Pete" with it a magical quirk that made it so appealing. It revolves around the two title brothers (big and little Pete) and a town filled with colorful, complex characters. Big Pete narrates his whimsical and poignant look at growing up with an intellectual commentary of struggling in a bizarre suburban world.
The best episodes? I've narrowed it down to three. The first, "Yellow Fever"...it is a clever and hilarious narration of tensions building on a long bus trip. Everyone on the bus has a problem with someone or something and conflicting feelings build and build as the wild day progresses. Notably the lovelorn bus driver Stu and a boy who's ear seems to be a target for everyone to flick. Things boil over in an insane, chaotic conclusion wrapped up in a settling and likable denouement which never lets the episode get over the top.
Number two is an episode called "King of the Road" which captures life on the road with an oddly adroit authenticity of the pains of a family vacation. In this episode, Pete falls in love with a girl who will turn into just another car passed on the highway, but it leaves him feeling like the unanswered question of why you only see on shoe and not two on the side of the road.
Finally, there is an episode from which I can't remember the title, but it follows big Pete's struggle with a new responsibility as the ball collector at a driving range. Pete hides behind a costume of a grizzly bear to hide his humiliation and discovers himself as he finds different problems with his new job.
A brilliantly funny characterization of the local superhero Arty by Tobi Huss and excellent music by Polaris make "Pete and Pete" a one of a kind winner. I grew up with this show and still find new interests in the episodes as it is thankfully showed on Noggin (God bless digital cable!).
20 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
They're finally releasing them out on DVD!, 9 February 2005
Author: a_rarden from california
Yes! I'm so happy! I just got an e-mail from TvshowsonDVD.com that nickelodeon is planning on releasing multiple shows on DVD in a set called "the Rewind Collection" which includes Clarissa, Pete and Pete, salute your shorts, Are You Afraid Of the Dark and You Can't Do That On Television! Yes! The classics are coming. Everybody can once again enjoy the best TV shows that Nickelodeon got it's true beginning from! The First season of each of these shows are said to be released around May 17th. After all these years of begging for them to put these shows back on the air, we can get the next best thing...a better thing...we can buy them and enjoy them in our own homes! It's just such a relief that Nickelodeon is finally recognizing the enormous pleasure that these shows once brought everyone and will bring them again.
14 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Underground classic, 11 August 2002
Author: xxlittlekittenxx from United States
I remember perfectly when this show was on during the original Nick run,
I didn't even really watch it then. But now that it's back on Noggin, I
decided to finally watch it for myself. I had NO idea what I was missing!
This show is truly awesome, and is one of the few that I never miss. I'm sure by reading the other comments that you know that it's about two brothers that for some very weird reason have the same name (Pete!). Older Pete tells the episode's story from his point of view, and Little Pete is courageous and often gets into insane situations. I think this show is kind of like "Leave It To Beaver" and "The Twilight Zone" put together, but it's got it's own crazy twist that makes it as good as it is.
It's a shame that it only lasted for three seasons, but in a way, that's a good thing, because then the episodes didn't get too...well, the way the last episodes of really long lasting shows often turn out (need I go on about The Simpsons?). But at least it's being revived. :D
14 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
One of Nickelodeon's finest moments., 23 January 2002
Author: dootuss from PA
The Adventures of Pete and Pete is one of my all-time favorite shows ever!
It had some pretty good (and weird) characters, and episodes that left me
entertained for more! I miss this show so much! Why did Nickelodeon cancel
it? Probably for more dumb Nicktoons sniffle, sniffle.
This show ruled! A perfect 10 rating for this timeless classic!
14 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Classic, 5 January 2000
Author: SpideyTerry from Ardmore, PA
This show is classic. The writing was well done and the characters were well developed. The show had weird stories: International Adult Conspiracy, looking for aliens in the town, getting back a lucky penny, to name a few. This was one of their few great shows and Nickelodeon had to can it. What a shame.
13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
wow I miss this show, 10 August 2001
Author: weerdo1482 from little rock
I think of all the shows I still wish were on tv, I miss this one the most. this was one of the most weirdest creative sitcoms ever made. it was like this bizarre little suburban universe that I really wanted to be part of. not only was the writing great, but the music by one of my favorite bands polaris, is also great. I don't think that televison gets much more creative and funny than this show.
16 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
The Quirky Adventures Of Pete and Pete, 16 November 2001
Author: dee.reid from United States
This show is about two red-headed brothers named Pete and his younger
brother who is also named Pete. The show follows both of their lives as
they grow up in the quirky town of Wellsville. Older Pete often goes
his daily life with his close friend, Ellen who I think eventually becomes
love interest. He probably has it a lot better than younger Pete.
Pete goes about his daily life a lot different than older Pete does. He
odd assortment of friends including Artie, "The Strongest Man in the
must go about doing all kinds of weird adventures. Young Pete must also
face off against a very weird assortment of bullies including a kid named
Papercut, who can turn ordinary construction paper into deadly weapons;
another kid named Pit Stain who gets his name because he's always sweating
in his armpits. Young Pete also gets into all kinds of weird situations
like trying to win a game of dodge ball and trying to go on for a week
getting any sleep.
This is truly one of the more original shows to ever grace the small screen. It shows the weird and quirky lives of people living in small towns. This show is a hell of a better than the crap that Nickelodeon is airing now. I think that what makes this show different from other shows is its unusual cast of characters. Everybody on this show, no matter how small their role might be, their role would always prove to be of very great significance in later episodes. I used to love watching this show on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. I think that this was the show that rocketed Danny Tamberelli to fame. Now that he's a teenager and he's on "All That" he isn't the same little kid he was on "Pete & Pete".
There were so many classic episodes of "The Adventures of Pete & Pete". The one episode I will remember will probably be the Christmas special where Pete and Pete try to organize the town so that they can have Christmas every single day while also battling a maniacal garbage man who's after their family tree. Another episode I'll remember will be the one where young Pete goes up against the bully known as Papercut. I think probably my favorite episode would have to be the one where young Pete organizes all of his friends and prepares them to go on a sort of "sleep strike" where they must go on for I think a week without getting any sleep.
It's sad that Nickelodeon took this show off the air. Sure it was unusual, but at least it was good.
"The Adventures of Pete & Pete" gets a 10/10.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
The Most Amazing Eruption of Nostalgia, 20 October 2009
Author: topazren from United States
Have you ever watched something so emotionally bound to your childhood
that when seen today gives you an overwhelming sense of nostalgia
almost to the point of tears? This is exactly what occurred when I
watched The Adventures of Pete and Pete, or just "Pete and Pete" as my
brothers and I would call it. This television show defined my
I remember being so shocked when I saw little Pete grown up on All That and Figure It Out. And seeing big Pete in somewhat recent movies like Slackers and 40 Days and 40 Nights sends me into that emotional swirl. There's a passion that builds that can only be satisfied by looking these actors up to see what they do, and I feel good seeing that some, although very few, are still doing stuff today. What a terrible tangent I spiraled this into. Nonetheless, I love this show.
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