Sneaky Pete

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Ex-con assumes new identity in dark comedy.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family love, deceit, law enforcement, law breaking. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Marius is a con man, Pete's family is close; all engage in questionable behavior. 


Murder threats, punches, guns drawn; black eyes, some blood. Stealing discussed. 


Some mild sexual innuendo. 


"Crap," "bitch," "bastard," "s--t," "f--k." 


Nissan, Dell, iPhones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, hard liquor, wine, champagne. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sneaky Pete features characters who lie, break the law, and engage in other inappropriate behaviors but also love their families. Physical fights sometimes lead to injuries (black eyes, some blood), and guns are often drawn. There's some sexual innuendo, cursing, and drinking (beer, champagne, hard liquor).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, and 16-year-old Written byFamily B September 12, 2017

This Does Contain Nudity Despite Common Sense Rating

The pilot episode is rated TV-14, but the series as a whole is rated TV-MA. In episode 2 there is a scene showing a woman's bare backside and breast. I fee... Continue reading
Adult Written byRobert S. March 15, 2018

Great first season, then Amazon ruined it

Season 1 is very good, for adults. Season two has poor writing, FULL FRONTAL MALE NUDITY - penis and testicles clearly visible, plot holes, and is, overall, t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMac Wood March 21, 2017

One of my favourite TV Shows of all time. This is much more accurate than the other two "Reviews"

Sneaky Pete as a hilarious dramedy (comedy and drama) about a con man called Marius Joesepophic (i think thats how you pronounce it) who takes the role of forme... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRiley G. June 21, 2019

Extremely Well Made... Lot's of Cursing

Sneaky Pete is an exceptionally well made television show starring Giovanni Ribisi. It focuses on a con man assuming his ex inmate's name "Pete"... Continue reading

What's the story?

Co-executive-produced by Bryan Cranston and Seth Gordon, SNEAKY PETE is a dramatic comedy series about a con man who assumes another's identity in hopes of escaping a vicious gangster. When Marius Josipovic (Giovanni Ribisi) is scheduled for release from a three-year stint in prison, his younger brother Eddie (Michael Drayer) tells him to go into hiding to avoid Vince (Cranston), to whom he still owes money. To stay out of sight, he takes on his cell mate's (Ethan Embry) identity and becomes "Pete," the beloved grandson of Otto and Audrey Bernhardt (played Peter Gerety and Margot Martingale). After returning to his "grandparents'" farm, he begins to reconnect with his "family," including cousins Julia (Marin Ireland) and Taylor (Shane McRae), who just happen to work in law enforcement and have secrets of their own.  

Is it any good?

This dark and humorous series offers some fun moments as the narrative takes some wild twists and turns. Despite Marius' (aka Pete’s) actions, he's a sympathetic figure, and the rest of the cast is imperfect, colorful, and likable. However, some of the characters are more developed than others, which makes the show feel a little uneven at times. 

Sneaky Pete lacks some of the edginess one often expects from a streaming-only series. But there's plenty of bad behavior here to make you feel a little guilty for rooting for Marius' (aka Pete's) success with his new family and enough humor to help you feel better about it. If you're looking for something entertaining to watch, this show is worth tuning into. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Marius' relationship with the Bernhardts in Sneaky Pete. Who risks losing the most? Does the fact that Marius gets along with and helps support Pete's family justify his lying to them?

  • How does Sneaky Pete use humor to deflect some of the negative things that happen in the show? 

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