Thursday, July 09, 2020

'Sneaky Pete' created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston

9 July 2020

If you’re looking for a binge-worthy TV series I would recommend ‘Sneaky Pete’ on Amazon Prime. We’ve just finished watching all three series and it’s been the best thing we’ve watched for a while. Sneaky Pete is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston (who has a cameo role in the first series). Giovanni Ribisi plays con-man Marius Josipovic who, on release from prison, hides from the criminal gang he still owes money to by adopting the identity of his cell mate, Pete Murphy, and going to live with the family Pete left at the age of 10 in a small town in upstate New York. This comic-thriller tale of an essentially disreputable figure who you find yourself inexplicably sympathising with has a lot in common with the equally excellent ‘Ozark’ (on Netflix). Both series centre on a family of well-drawn characters who grow and develop through the story, and both boast a plot that gets increasingly complicated and unpredictable. You spend a lot of time trying to remember exactly who knows what about whom. Each of the three series of ‘Sneaky Pete’ builds to a set-piece heist finale with twists you really don’t see coming. It is incredibly violent and scary at times but there is a warm heart to the story and lots of character-based humour. And the cleverest thing is how the family that unwittingly harbours a criminal cuckoo in its nest gradually reveals itself to have plenty of dodgy secrets of its own. ‘Sneaky Pete’ is a thrilling and surprising treat.

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