Okay, it doesn't have the same ring to it, but Adam West's crusade for justice was just as strong on Pete and Pete as it was in Batman. Only in this universe, he faces his greatest foe yet: a small, chubby red-haired protagonist with mafia connections.
Bet when you were a kid, you had no idea that the perfect mom who moved into the Petes' house in "35 Hours" was actually a formerly-kidnapped heiress and convicted bank robber. And if you did know that, then your parents let you watch way too much nightly news.
Just one conversation with creepy beach ice cream vendor Captain Scrummy would be enough to make us lose our religion. Michael Stipe played this bona fide Sludgesicle man in 1991, and we've been having nightmares ever since.
When Pete and Pete needed some extra cash in the episode "New Years Pete," they decided to offer their services as front lawn landmine sweepers. Unfortunately, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry wasn't terribly interested in their services. Maybe they would have had better luck if they tried offering her rapture insurance?
When she wasn't rocking stadiums with the B-52's, Kate Pierson played Mrs. Vanderveer, the eccentric blind millionaire who lived on the Petes' block and was obsessed with Mr. Tastee, the local ice cream man. We also have it on record that her eyes were "bluer than the bluest Blue Tornado Bar."
Cabin Boy himself, Chris Elliott, came to Wellsville as the prophetic Meterman Ray, who could tell one's future simply by staring into their electrical meter. He could also tell if you needed to install more efficient appliances.
I have a firm belief that, wherever in the world there exists weirdness being captured on film, Steve Buscemi will somehow find it. That's the only explanation I can come up with for how he ended up playing Ellen's dad, Phil Hickle, throughout the run of the series.
And if you thought Nucky Thompson was scary, you should see this guy when somebody steals his RC car's driver.
PBS staple John McLaughlin graces the screens inside Wellsville during a negative ad campaign between Petes as they quarrel over which one would go on to inherit Dad's bowling ball (it makes more sense if you've seen the episode). Geez I miss this show...
Before he was Big Pussy, Vincent Pastore was just a humble professional bowling talent scout who happened upon Artie in "New Year's Pete." While his demeanor hasn't changed much over the years, thankfully his taste in sport coats sure has.
To a kid, though, there's no sweeter cameo than a Nickelodeon star appearing on another, unrelated Nickelodeon show. That's why I was able to yawn at my TV when LL Cool J came on the screen, yet became instantly enthralled with Alex Mack herself played a nurse to Little Pete in "Dance Fever."
Oh, Larisa Oleynik, you were the GC-161...to my heart.