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01 Feb 2017

Home Video Review: Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Is Great—Especially When Bryan Cranston Shows Up

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Giovanni Ribisi in Sneaky Pete. Giovanni Ribisi in Sneaky Pete.

While Giovanni Ribisi capably stars as the title character in the new Amazon series Sneaky Pete, the reason you will probably turn this one on is the return of Bryan Cranston to TV.

Cranston is a co-creator and supporting actor in this funny, original story about a con man (Ribisi) who assumes the identity of his cellmate and goes to live with the cellmate’s family upon his release from prison. He finds himself involved in the family’s bail-bond company, while trying to elude a crime lord (the always-awesome Cranston) to whom he owes money.

The pilot is good, but the show really takes off in the following couple of episodes. Cranston has a flashback scene that rivals the great work he did on Breaking Bad. It’s that good. Ribisi makes for a great central character, but the show goes into the stratosphere when Cranston shows up.

The first, 10-episode season of Sneaky Pete—which has already been renewed for a second season—is currently streaming on Amazon.

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