List of The Adventures of Pete & Pete episodes
The series began on November 28, 1993 and ended on December 28, 1996. A total of 34 episodes have aired as well as 5 half-hour specials and 26 shorts. Currently, the first two seasons are available on DVD. The third season was planned for release but has been removed from Paramount's release schedule.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Specials||5||February 9, 1991||December 25, 1992|
|1||8||November 28, 1993||January 16, 1994|
|2||13||September 4, 1994||December 4, 1994|
|3||13||October 1, 1995||December 28, 1996|
(Note: The original broadcast order is not known. However, "What Would You Do for a Dollar?" and "Freeze Tag" were the two earliest.)
- "What Would You Do for a Dollar? " — The Petes, Ellen, and a kid named Carl Slurm answer the title question. (Another character named Mr. Slurm would appear in "Tool and Die" and "Road Warrior.")
- "Freeze Tag" — Little Pete stays frozen after a night game of stocking freeze tag.
- "The Burping Room" — Dad, sick of Little Pete's constant burping, builds a special soundproof room.
- "Pete-Less" — Ellen is hurt when Big Pete insults her valentine.
- "Pete's Theory" — Little Pete is convinced that Santa Claus was the first man to swim the English Channel.
- "X-Mas Eve" — The Petes watch Dad open his present (a glow-in-the-dark discus) early and play with it all night.
- "The Dot" — Ellen is in tears after being yelled at by Mr. Putley, the marching band instructor. (Themes revisited in "Day of the Dot.")
- "The Big Race" — Mr. Wrigley and Mr. Hickle have a race. (Recreated in "Apocalypse Pete.")
- "Revenge of the Petes" — Artie battles the bully known as Hathead.
- "Mom's Plate" — A brief history of the metal plate in Mom's head.
- "Route 34" — Big Pete gets a horrible summer job mowing the grass along Route 34.
- "Artie, the Strongest Man... in the World!" — A little bit about the Petes' personal superhero.
- "Halloween" — Hathead returns to smash pumpkins. (Themes revisited in "Halloweenie.")
- "X-Ray Man" — Little Pete gains x-ray vision after staring into a lunar eclipse.
- "The Punishment" — Dad punishes Little Pete for waxing the lawn. (Themes revisited in "Grounded for Life.")
- "The Launch" — The Petes and Ellen send a rocket into space.
Home video shorts
- "The Artie Workout" — Self-explanatory. Created for the home video release "Classic Petes."
- "StareMaster" — Little Pete offers tips for winning a staring contest, (see "When Petes Collide"). In the end, the viewer gets to go up against Little Pete. Made for the home video release "School Dazed."
These episodes, while originally aired before the official run of the series, were modified to resemble regular episodes during the show's run with the addition of the opening credits.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Valentine's Day Massacre"||Katherine Dieckmann||Will McRobb||February 9, 1991|
|Big Pete and the school's stadium line painter, Mr. Beverly (whose squid, Edna, the school mascot, Pete has just accidentally killed), vie for the love of the math teacher (Ms. Fingerwood). However, Openface (one of Big Pete's arch-enemies) tries to get the upper hand in a quest for the missing squid and helps Mr. Beverly with his love for Ms. Fingerwood. He tries to get Ellen to exploit the Petes by revealing the secret of what really happened to Edna. Mr. Beverly is played by Richard Edson.|
|2||"What We Did On Our Summer Vacation"||Katherine Dieckmann||Will McRobb||September 8, 1991|
After the Petes and Ellen unintentionally drive Mr. Tastee (the local ice-cream man) out of town by trying to find out about his personal life, they start a hunt to find him and bring him back as the summer comes to a close.Note: The original (non-series) version of this episode had music done by R.E.M., Baby Flamehead, Poi Dog Pondering, Ministry, Jody Grind, and Shackwacky. Michael Stipe of R.E.M. appears as the ice cream man "Captain Scrummy" in the beach scene. Kate Pierson of The B-52's appears as Mrs. Van Devere.
|3||"Space, Geeks, and Johnny Unitas"||Katherine Dieckmann||Will McRobb||December 18, 1992|
|Big Pete and Ellen work on a science project to determine whether unearthly life exists on Earth and inadvertently make a new friend. Pete becomes obsessed with football hero Johnny Unitas and one life-changing play (The Greatest Game Ever Played), while Ellen discovers that some things are best left unrevealed.|
|4||"Apocalypse Pete"||Katherine Dieckmann||Will McRobb||December 18, 1992|
|The Petes' father, Don Wrigley, and Ellen's father, Phil Hickle (Steve Buscemi), start a prank war, which helps Little Pete and his father get closer while tearing Big Pete and Ellen apart. Based on the short entitled "The Big Race."|
|5||"New Year's Pete"||Adam Bernstein||Will McRobb||December 25, 1992[better source needed]|
Little Pete reflects on a year in which he ultimately failed to achieve his New Year's Resolution of changing the world.Note: This and "Crisis in the Love Zone" are the only episodes not narrated by Big Pete. It was long rumored that this episode contained a cameo by Hunter S. Thompson as a man Little Pete interacts with on the street. However, the man on the street was played by an extra with the name Hunter Thompson and is not the famous gonzo journalist. Narrated by Little Pete. Featuring Deborah Harry as the second land mine customer and Vincent Pastore as the professional bowling scout.
Season 1 (1993–94)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"King of the Road"||Peter Lauer||Will McRobb||November 28, 1993|
|On a trip to the Hoover Dam, Dad is determined to defend his title of "King of the Road" from a challenging family, but lengthy bathroom breaks and a lack of family cohesion threaten his success.|
|2||2||"Day of the Dot"||Katherine Dieckmann||Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi & Joe Stillman||December 5, 1993|
|When Ellen is selected to dot the "i" in "Squid" in the regional high school marching band competition, Big Pete becomes jealous of her newfound closeness with her band partner, James Markle Jr. (nephew of their band director). Meanwhile, Little Pete tries to stop an interminable bus ride by reuniting lovelorn bus driver Stu Benedict with his former sweet-heart, Sally Knorp.|
|3||3||"The Nightcrawlers"||Katherine Dieckmann||Chris Viscardi||December 12, 1993|
|Little Pete and his friends aim to overthrow the International Adult Conspiracy's reign over bedtimes by staying up for eleven consecutive nights and thus breaking the world record.|
|4||4||"Rangeboy"||Chris Koch||Rick Groel & Will McRobb||December 19, 1993|
|Embarrassed to be working at his father's driving range, Big Pete hides his identity by dressing as the sort of bear that used to inhabit the area where the range is. Meanwhile, Little Pete helps Artie by perfecting his shot for the longball competition.|
|5||5||"Tool and Die"||Peter Lauer||Ken Scarborough & Chris Viscardi||December 26, 1993|
|Big Pete is put in shop class, much to his displeasure. His teacher, Mr. Slurm, assigns him to work on a mysterious "special project" with the bully "Endless" Mike Hellstrom.|
|6||6||"Don't Tread on Pete"||Phil Morrison||Tom Hertz & Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi||January 2, 1994|
|While Big Pete engages in a struggle against time to study for a test on the American Revolutionary War (with the fear that failing would cause him to wind up like the school's janitor, rumored to have failed the same test years before), Little Pete leads his gym class to try to beat his teacher's intramural dodgeball team.|
|7||7||"When Petes Collide"||Tony Jacobs||Joe Stillman||January 9, 1994|
|The Petes compete for Dad's affections as he prepares to pass down "Rolling Thunder", a bowling ball that apparently has mystical powers.|
|8||8||"Hard Day's Pete"||B.K. Small||Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi||January 16, 1994|
On his way to school, Little Pete happens upon a garage band playing his newfound favorite song: "Summerbaby" by Polaris. When he returns later that day, all traces of the band have vanished. Pete starts his own band to try to remember the tune before it forever slips his mind.Note: The episode's title is a parody of The Beatles album A Hard Day's Night.
Season 2 (1994)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|9||1||"Grounded for Life"||Don Pietra||Michael Memoli||September 4, 1994|
|Little Pete destroys Dad's lawn in an experiment gone awry, and is forced to tunnel his way out of the house past a state-of-the-art security system in order to make it to the celebrations of his favorite holiday, the Fourth of July. Pete meets Nona F. Mecklenberg (Michelle Trachtenberg), whose father is played by rock star Iggy Pop.|
|10||2||"Field of Pete"||Chris Koch||Robert Mittenthal||September 11, 1994|
|Big Pete's baseball team (The Prosthetics) goes on a winning streak due to Little Pete's incredible knack for making distracting comments. Coach Ed Narrins' win-or-die attitude, a super-cold slushy drink called the Orange Lazarus, and Little Pete's dirty tactics threaten to destroy baseball forever, and Big Pete must choose between ultimate glory and the personal integrity of the sport he loves.|
|11||3||"The Call"||Peter Lauer||Tom Hill||September 18, 1994|
|On the hottest day of the summer, Little Pete decides to answer an infamous pay phone that has been ringing for twenty-seven years, while Big Pete decides to figure out who the call is for.|
|12||4||"The Big Quiet"||Tony Jacobs||Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil||September 25, 1994|
|Little Pete copes with the death of his pet lizard Gary while Big Pete struggles to improve his relationship with Dad in hopes of avoiding a lifetime of awkward conversations.|
|13||5||"Time Tunnel"||Katherine Dieckmann||Will McRobb||October 2, 1994|
|On the day that Daylight Saving Time ends in the fall, the Petes traditionally celebrate the extra hour by taking advantage of the "time warp" to do something momentous. This year, however, Big Pete is overcome by hormones and asks Ellen out on an official date. He enlists the help of his nemesis, "Endless" Mike Hellstrom, to help the date go smoothly. Mike lends Big Pete his customized Ford Mustang convertible and teaches him the nuances of dating.|
|14||6||"Inspector 34"||Maggie Greenwald||Joe Stillman||October 16, 1994|
|Little Pete finds his guardian angel, Inspector 34, who inspects the Kreb of the Loom underwear worn by the Wrigleys and their friends. While Inspector 34 recruits Little Pete to be an inspector, Pete shows him how to interact with normal people and have fun. Little Pete struggles with the job while Inspector 34 lets his tendency towards perfection and his hormones go to his head. The newfound perfection of Inspector 34 begins to infect the neighborhood, and people begin behaving erratically. Little Pete must help everyone find a way to live in moderation between perfection and abnormality.|
|15||7||"Halloweenie"||Peter Lauer||Chris Viscardi||October 9, 1994|
|Little Pete decides to enter the annals of history by breaking the record for most houses visited on Halloween and tries to enlist the help of Big Pete. Big Pete is torn between his loyalty to his brother and the coming-of-age & abandonment of the childhood ritual of trick-or-treating. He must decide whether to face the ridicule of his peers and go trick-or-treating or face the wrath of the notorious "Pumpkin Eaters", a group of vandals who terrorize neighborhood "Halloweenies."|
|16||8||"X = Why?"||Katherine Dieckmann||Katherine Dieckmann||October 23, 1994|
|Ellen, fed up with algebra word problems, asks the question high school teachers dread most: "Why (do we have to know this)?" Her inquiry spreads like wildfire throughout the school and soon students are rebelling against the textbook knowledge forced upon them in every class. However, Ellen realizes that things have gone too far when math teacher Ms. Fingerwood disappears as she desperately tries to set things right.|
|17||9||"On Golden Pete"||Don Pietra||Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, & Chris Viscardi||November 6, 1994|
|The Wrigley family takes a fishing trip, and Big Pete contemplates mortality while Dad tries to catch a legendary fish named Bob. Also, after realizing the cruel fate that could happen to Bob, Big Pete tries to sabotage Dad's attempts on making the catch.|
|18||10||"Farewell, My Little Viking: Part 1"||Tony Jacobs||Will McRobb & Joe Stillman and Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil||November 13, 1994|
|The end of Artie's influence over Wellsville comes in two parts. Supervillain John McFlemp (James Rebhorn), head of the International Adult Conspiracy, concocts a dastardly plan to rid the Wellsville parents of the nuisance that is Artie forever, and threatens to destroy all that is unique about the kids of Wellsville. McFlemp extorts Dad and convinces him to get rid of Artie. Meanwhile, Little Pete must deal with his enemy, a school bully named Papercut after defying him by throwing scissors in a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors.|
|19||11||"Farewell, My Little Viking: Part 2"||Tony Jacobs||Will McRobb & Joe Stillman and Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil||November 20, 1994|
|The Petes, Ellen, and Little Pete's various friends start a campaign to find Artie, who disappears in Dad's car after a disheartening speech from Don (Dad). The campaign consists of a Bat-Signal-esque likeness of Artie's face, t-shirts, and various souvenir items. At home, Joyce sets Don straight when she sees how depressed Little Pete is and realizes his mistake of letting McFlemp manipulate him in the first place. Don joins in on the search and manages to find Artie. He is ultimately brought back to Wellsville, only to find Little Pete standing up to Papercut on his own, demonstrating that Artie's protective influence is no longer needed. A tearful departure follows as Artie leaves in search of another little boy in need of a superhero.|
|20||12||"Yellow Fever"||Damon Santostefano||Joe Stillman||November 27, 1994|
|Big Pete is stuck on a school bus departing for the deepest, darkest parts of the human psyche, as well as the county milk museum. During the bus ride, Pete befriends people he never thought he'd associate with, succumbs to the temptations of bullying and is forced to cope with his actions and repent. Features a young Rick Faugno as a high-school kid who dreams of singing at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.|
|21||13||"Sick Day"||Maggie Greenwald||Michael Rubiner||December 4, 1994|
|Little Pete decides to fake food poisoning in order to avoid another mind-numbing day at school during the stretch between winter and spring break. In an adventure that leads him from home to school and the various sites around Wellsville, Little Pete sees a classmate of his in a new light, gets a cereal marshmallow-likeness of President Eisenhower stuck in his nose and gains a new perspective on the world that can only be appreciated on a sick day.|
Season 3 (1995–96)
In season three the focus of the series began skewing somewhat towards Little Pete; notably, Little Pete even narrates an episode for the first time since the special "New Year's Pete".
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|22||1||"35 Hours"||Don Pietra||Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali||October 1, 1995|
|The Petes are entrusted with the key to the house while Mom and Dad go away on a trip for two days. Just when it looks like their plan to stage the ultimate bicycle race around the house (The Wrigley 500) is about to materialize, Big Pete is struck by hormones and instead chooses to vie for the attention of his latest sweet-heart, Margie Corsall. Little Pete sells the house in retaliation to the nicest family ever, the Krechmars. Big Pete tries to set things right with his brother and they attempt to regain ownership of the house before Mom and Dad return.|
|23||2||"The Trouble with Teddy"||Maggie Greenwald||Holly Morgan||October 8, 1995|
|Big Pete offers to let his friend Teddy stay over while his parents are away and begins to notice just how many annoying habits Teddy has. Meanwhile, Little Pete tries to get in touch with the land.|
|24||3||"The Good, the Bad and the Lucky"||Atticus Chance||Chris Viscardi||October 15, 1995|
|Little Pete's lucky penny runs out of luck one day, so he, Nona, Monica, and Wayne set out on a journey to recharge it by letting the Midnight Express run over it. Pit Stain, Little Pete's arch nemesis, and his henchmen (Hair Net & Drawstring) catches on and tails them, and Pete is forced to battle Pit Stain without the power of his lucky penny. Parody on Stand By Me|
|25||4||"Splashdown!"||Peter Lauer||Will McRobb||October 22, 1995|
|Big Pete tries to obtain the coveted position of Senior Lifeguard while Little Pete fights to abolish the hated Adult Swim. Big Pete is forced to choose between the power of the lifeguard chair and his friendship with his brother.|
|26||5||"Dance Fever"||Alison Maclean||Joe Stillman||November 5, 1995|
Little Pete attends his first school dance and Big Pete develops a crush on the guitarist of the hired band (Luscious Jackson). Pit Stain learns of Little Pete's fear of dancing and tries to exploit it, and Nona tries to avoid the embarrassment of dancing with her "Pop," (Iggy Pop) who takes the stage and sings a song for her. Little Pete overcomes his fear of dancing and dances with Nona.Note: "Macho Man" by The Village People plays in this episode.
|27||6||"Crisis in the Love Zone"||Katherine Dieckmann||M.F. Stern & David Hemingson||March 23, 1996|
|Spring fever hits Wellsville hard and everyone begins dropping like flies. Big Pete is smitten by a star member of the tennis team, Ellen realizes her true feelings for him, and Pit Stain is head over heels for Nona. Little Pete falls for Eunice Puell, the mail lady, despite his most sincere efforts to avoid love through his mantra, "Love bites." Nona is the last to go, finally falling for Little Pete. The results of this immense love web build toward a climax. Narrated by Little Pete and Nona.|
|28||7||"Last Laugh"||Chris Koch||Magda Liolis, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi & Joe Stillman||April 1, 1996|
|Little Pete cooks up his biggest April Fool's prank ever, while Principal Schwinger (Adam West) enlists the help of Pit Stain, Hair Net, and Nightbrace to stop him. In the end, it's Schwinger and the Personal Hygiene singers that ends up getting pranked.|
|29||8||"Allnighter"||Katherine Dieckmann||Tami Yellin & Todd Yellin||November 23, 1996|
|Little Pete, Monica, and Wayne get trapped in the school after it closes and are stuck for the night. They attempt to elude a fearsome school legend, who they are eventually forced to confront.|
|30||9||"Road Warrior"||Nik Miltiadis||Alan Swayze, Joe Stillman, Will McRobb, & Chris Viscardi||November 30, 1996|
|Big Pete and his friends reach the age of responsibility and take Driver's Ed from Mr. Slurm, the shop teacher.|
|31||10||"Pinned!"||Chris Koch||William Tinston||December 7, 1996|
|Big Pete tries to get a varsity letter and climb to the top of the social ladder the easy way by joining the wrestling team, and finds that individual sports are not a cakewalk. He trains for a confrontation at the big match with "Endless" Mike Hellstrom, and is coached by Ellen, a huge wrestling fan. However, Ellen's efforts to coach Big Pete are threatened by the school's wrestling coach, Beano Glattner.|
|32||11||"'O Christmas Pete"||Damon Santostefano||Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali||December 14, 1996|
|Little Pete prolongs Christmas for as long as possible after the holiday's end, in an attempt to keep the neighborhood in a constant aura of yuletide joy. His efforts are threatened by a bitter garbage man who enjoys destroying Christmas trees and the holiday spirit they represent. Big Pete is forced to choose either to help his brother prolong Christmas or put an end to it.|
|33||12||"Das Bus"||Don Pietra||Lawrence Carvey, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi & Joe Stillman||December 21, 1996|
|Big Pete chooses to become school bus driver Stu Benedict's apprentice for the week to be near Penelope Ghiruto, while Ellen stocks vending machines.|
|34||13||"Saturday"||Chris Koch||Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Joe Stillman & David Hemingson||December 28, 1996|
|Big Pete, Ellen, Wayne, Monica, and Stu Benedict make their way through a not-so-typical Saturday in Wellsville. Big Pete tries talking to Barber Dan while getting a haircut (with Little Pete helping his brother), Wayne tries his new sneakers out, Monica becomes a ninja, Ellen serves pizza, and Stu battles an endless traffic signal.|