The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Season 1, Episode 1

The King of the Road (28 Nov. 1993)

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The Wrigley's annual trip to the Hoover Dam turns into a competition with another family. Don, who wants to keep his title as "King Of The Road", tries to beat them there. But frequent ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Ellen Josephine Hickle (credit only)
Mr. Perfect (as Geoffrey Pierson)
Theresa Flannagan ...
(as Theresa Flanagann)
Sarah March ...
Younger Perfect Daughter
Jaclyn Thornberg ...
Older Perfect Daughter


The Wrigley's annual trip to the Hoover Dam turns into a competition with another family. Don, who wants to keep his title as "King Of The Road", tries to beat them there. But frequent bathroom breaks and lack of family spirit threatens to tear it apart. Written by Jmac1988

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Petes tattoo "Petunia" is on his left arm in the first episode, but on his right arm in all other episodes. See more »


Older Pete Wrigley: One car game the king didn't seem to mind was something called 'Road Kill Auto Bingo'.
Little Pete Wrigley: [splat sound] Direct hit. A... a... Gopher?... no... a snake.
Older Pete Wrigley: Mom thought the game was sick but Dad always said that sacrificing their life on the open road was the highest honor a lower life form could ever receive.
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John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Performed by Hardy Rawls
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Introduction to the Wrigley's as they make their annual vacation.
22 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The series opens up as the Wrigley's are starting the annual family vacation to the Hoover Dam. It was the special time of year when Dad would impress the entire traveling world with his driving skills and his excellent roof top packing. His unofficial title while on the highway was 'King of the Road'.

But when the family stops to eat, they run into another family that also claims the title of 'King of the Road'. Now it's a race between the two families to prove who is the perfect Dad. Older Pete will learn a lesson on what it really means to be a Wrigley.

Being the first half hour show of the series, the viewer gets introduced to the family that will become a regular staple for the next three years. It also gives us a look into each character and what to expect from each as the show progresses. There are a few scenes in this episode that would be highly questionable if the series ran today. Standing on a moving car and urination in high grass, today, would not be a part of a kid's show from Nickelodeon. But that was real life and makes the series one of the better produced by the network. Good watch.

PS- One of the better songs by Polaris 'Everywhere' is briefly played in this episode.

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