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The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Season 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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Product Description

In The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Pete and Pete are two redheaded brothers living in the somewhat surreal town of Wellsville. Pete, the older of the two, narrates the stories about their adventures in everyday life.

Pete and Pete took an alternative rock approach to the family sitcom. In other words, this wasn't your dad's situation comedy. Is it any wonder so many alternative musicians, like Juliana Hatfield, the B-52’s Kate Pierson, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Blondie’s Debbie Harry flocked to the (fictional) town of Wellsville? Nor could independent film actors, like Richard Edson (Stranger Than Paradise), Martin Donovan (Saved!), and Steve Buscemi (Fargo), resist the allure of the appealingly offbeat Wrigley family.

Meet the Wrigleys: redheaded teenager Pete (Michael Maronna, Home Alone), redheaded elementary school student Pete (Danny Tamberelli, The Mighty Ducks) and his tattoo Petunia, Dad (Hardy Rawls), Mom (Judy Grafe)--and the metal plate in her head. First season cast members include Big Pete's almost-girlfriend Ellen (Alison Fanelli), Little Pete’s pal Natasha (Heather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse), bus driver Stu (Damian Young), and Little Pete's personal superhero, Artie (Toby Huss), the strongest man in the world. Buscemi appears as Ellen’s dad in "Apocalypse Pete" and would return for another episode in the second season.

The first season followed three years of 60-second shorts. It features 12 adventures (eight regular episodes plus four specials). Highlights include "King of the Road," in which the Wrigleys battle for road trip supremacy, "Tool and Die," in which Big Pete learns not to judge a shop teacher by his cover, and "Hard Day's Pete," in which Little Pete forms the Blowholes with Syd Straw and Marshall Crenshaw. Then there's "Don't Tread on Pete," in which Little Pete utters the immortal line, "Is this guy pickin' your scabs the way he's pickin' my scabs?" The Adventures of Pete and Pete ran on Nickelodeon for three well-loved, much-missed seasons. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Foud bonus Pete & Pete Specials:
  • "Valentine's Day Massacre"
  • "What We Did On Our Summer Vacation"
  • "Apocalypse Pete"
  • "New Year's Pete"
  • Pete & Pete Shorts: "The Burping Room" & "Mom's Plate"
  • Audio Commentaries with the director and co-creators
  • Polaris Music Station: Songs from "The Adventures of Pete & Pete"

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Alison Fanelli, Hardy Rawls, Judy Grafe
  • Directors: Adam Bernstein, Barbara Kanowitz, Chris Koch, Katherine Dieckmann, Nicholas Jacobs
  • Writers: Alan Swayze
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Nickelodeon
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Y08LA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Season 1" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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I'm not here to critique the show "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" -- I could go on for a very long time and still not convey what it, as a show, means to me. It (like another review here wonderfully stated) still holds up, even when you have had it's importance build up in your mind after years of not being able to see it. Usually, your favorite childhood shows are incredibly underwhelming after a prolonged hiatus -- but in this case, the show is actually even weirder and more sophisticated than you remember.

I'd just like to respond to the review concerning the quality (as in visual) of this DVD set.

Someone else hinted that because of the bootlegs, this set is unnecessary. The quality of the bootlegs are not any better, and in many cases worse. For this DVD set, the actual quality of the episodes is what you'd see on TV if they were re-run on Nickelodeon.

The most glaring problem occurs in the episode "Day of the Dot" (the classic Big Pete and Ellen kiss on the football field) -- a noticable and slightly annoying tape error creates a constant line of red in the upper section of the screen, and it stays that way for about five to ten minutes.

But other than that, there's really not much else to complain about.

Nickelodeon obviously didn't know how to handle this show properly; if there are any other faults noticable on these episodes, it's just how they are now. There's no way to go back and reverse the damage done to the master tapes throughout the years.

That's not to say the quality is God-awful; far from that. If you have seen the recent and much lamented Noggin re-runs, you'll know what you're getting. Neither above-average or below-average quality, just good enough.
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For the uninitiated, Pete and Pete was a surreal show about two strange brothers in an even stranger town. Think "Twin Peaks" for the elementary school-junior high crowd.

The show is silly and bizarre, but in a "Cartoon Network Adult Swim" or Will Ferrell way (demented to the point of nearly not being for children), not in the way newer Nick programming like "All That" is (kids acting like idiots and talking loudly).

Most of the best bits come from the neighborhood superhero Artie "the strongest man... IN THE WORLD!", who either has powers beyond our comprehension, or is a skinny, deranged lunatic who thinks he does.

Upon reviewing the shows of your youth, you usually find the animation/acting or the stories to be weak, or the jokes to be nowhere near as funny as you remember. Pete and Pete is the exception to the rule.
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Imagine a scene sometime in the not-too-distant future when you are consuming snackables and watching DVDs with a friend.

"What are we watching now?" your friend asks.

"The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Season One. Only one of the best sitcoms of all time. A show that could get you misty-eyed over a man who lives in a portajohn. A show that introduced me to the meaning of love through Ellen Hickle, blessed be her name."

"How come I've never heard of it?"

"Bite my scab, blowhole!" you say, as you insert disc two because that's where they put two of the shorts that precede the series proper, selected apparently at random from the sixteen that were produced. Your friend asks why they did that, and you explain that, according to legend, a Paramount Home Video employee once suggested that they include *all* of the shorts on the Season One set, or at least maybe, say, the *first* two shorts, or all five of the specials instead of four of them, but that employee was summarily fired and escorted from the office by armed guards. Then you tell your friend to quit asking so many questions as you skip past the Lemony Snicket trailer for the one millionth time.
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A Kid's Review on March 22, 2005
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1: Day of the Dot (Big Pete battles with the marching band)

2: Nightcrawlers (Little Pete tries to extend his bedtime)

3: King of the Road (the family goes on a road trip)

4: Tool and Die (big pete goes through shop class)

5: Rangeboy (Big Pete gets a job at Dad's driving range)

6: When Petes Collide (The Petes battle for Dad's bowling ball)

7: Don't Tread on Pete (Big Pete learns about the Revoloutionary War)

8: Hard Day's Pete (Little Pete searches for his favorite song)
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Growing up, my whole family enjoyed crowding around the tube for our weekly installments of "Pete and Pete" on Nickelodeon. Since much has been written about the show already, I'll focus on the DVD set alone.


The series has held up extremely well over the past 10 years, which is rare for many kids shows. All 12 installments are expertly written and executed, but the show definitely seems to have found its legs after "Day of the Dot."

The included commentaries, while few, offer a lot of great insight from the series creators and production designer into how they created a kids' show that didn't patronize kids or bore their older siblings and family members. "The Nightcrawlers" offers the best combination of production details and creative insight.

The inclusion of the "Polaris Audio Station" feature is a nice touch. "Pete and Pete" was greatly defined by its cutting-edge (at the time, at least) alt-rock soundtrack, and it's great to have access to the works of the show's official band.

The audio and video (with one notable exception) are on par with a cable rebroadcast. Sometimes the picture becomes a bit grainy in dim shots, but this is a result of the source material.


As mentioned earlier, "Day of the Dot" has a noticable defect: a red distortion line running through the middle of the screen for nearly 10 minutes. It doesn't kill the experience, but it is quite distracting, and a bit of a disappointment that more care wasn't put into the DVD's post-production.

The absence of more of the wonderful short films that pre-date the series is something of a let-down.

Finally, each DVD comes with nearly seven(!) minutes worth of advertising prepended that can't be skipped.
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