The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Season 1
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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-52s Kate Pierson, R.E.M.s Michael Stipe, and Blondies 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 Petes 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 Ellens 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
- 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"
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Well, nothing. And everything.
It is by far the most important show of my youth, and adulthood. It so perfectly presents the world as a kid views it from the way adults act to the way summer felt, that when watching it today I cannot help but feel that way again. It tears down the barriers that we built as we grew up, and life is strange and beautiful again. It reminds us to take silly things seriously and that serious things are often silly. It's a perfect mantra to keep, and this show teaches us how.
And adding to the magic, it seems we all watched it. In college, at the office, or even on a plane if the conversation shifts to television and "Pete & Pete" comes up, it's like "You watched 'Pete & Pete'? I watched 'Pete & Pete', what's your favorite episode?", and you have a new friend. Across the country we all settled in to tune in to it as one. It bonds us for life.
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.
So leave quality out of your mind when you purchase -- these episodes look just fine, and we should be thankful that they are finally available. Buying this set may also help the future of other Nickeloden DVD releases (I personally would love some "You Can't Do That on Television") and more seasons of this classic show on DVD.
Final edit: the commentary tracks for this DVD set are from co-creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi and director Katherine Dieckmann on the episodes "What We Did on Our Summer Vacation," "Day of the Dot" and "The Nightcrawlers." Also of note is the Polaris music station, which features seven songs that can also be found on the Polaris CD (aptly titled "Music From The Adventures of Pete & Pete").
5 - I really liked/loved it
4 - I liked it
3 - Could've been better/worth a look
2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
1 - Simply awful
I grew up with The Adventures of Pete and Pete so I was really psyched when I found out it was coming to DVD. THis was back when Nick had good shows, before the crap they have now like All Grown Up, Spongebob Squrepants, Rocket Power, and As Told By Ginger (which has the worst portrayal of highschool I have ever seen). What made Pete and Pete so great was how they characters were portrayed. The Pete'S are the kind of kids who are wise beyond their years, and other kids and even adults can relate to them. We can all relate to them because everyone knows how tough it can be being a kid and what it's like to grow up and seek exceptance from other. Although the town of Wellsville is fictitious, there are little things about it that are very close to home. The fact that the show is narrated by the oldest Pete makes it better because we get to see the world through the eyes of an adolescent, and it's in an intellegent way. This is a wonderful coming of age series.
The reason I can't award 5 stars isn't due to the quality of the episodes themselves. What's lacking here is Paramount's treatment. For example, why were only 2 of the 18 one-minute 'shorts' (most aired prior to Season 1) included? As well, one of the specials, "Space, Geeks and Johnny Unitas", was inexplicably excluded from the box set.
Let's hope Paramount corrects this mistake when they release the Season 2 box set. It'll be nice if they'd also include the alternate "Halloweenie" episode with Season 2.
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