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Pee-wee's Playhouse 

Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse.


Paul Reubens
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1990   1989   1988   1987   1986  
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Series cast summary:
Ric Heitzman Ric Heitzman ...  Mr. Window / ... 45 episodes, 1986-1990
George McGrath ...  Globey / ... 45 episodes, 1986-1990
Alison Mork Alison Mork ...  Chairry / ... 45 episodes, 1986-1990
Paul Reubens ...  Pee-wee Herman / ... 45 episodes, 1986-1990
Wayne White ...  Randy / ... 44 episodes, 1986-1990
John Paragon ...  Jambi / ... 40 episodes, 1986-1990
Kevin Carlson ...  Conky / ... 32 episodes, 1987-1990
Lynne Marie Stewart ...  Miss Yvonne / ... 30 episodes, 1986-1990
William Marshall ...  King of Cartoons 22 episodes, 1987-1990


Each show, Pee-Wee Herman comes to his wonderful playhouse where anything can happen. Whether it be screaming at the secret word, entertaining friends like Cowboy Curtis and Ms. Yvonne, or enjoying animation clips presented by the King of Cartoons or the stories of the claymation girl, Penny; there's always lots of fun things to do. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Family | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

13 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pee-wee's Playhouse See more »

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Technical Specs


(45 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Only two episodes, plus the Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988), were created for the third season, due to both Paul Reubens working on Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and production being halted by the strike caused by the Writers Guild of America in 1988. John Paragon wrote both episodes for this season, and together with Reubens, wrote the Christmas special. See more »


[recurring line]
Pee-wee: I love that story.
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Alternate Versions

When the fourth season premiered, it featured the same title sequence as the second (and third) season. But when the show re-aired on TV years later and its episodes released on VHS and then DVD, Blu-Ray and on Netflix, all fourth season episodes used the fifth season title sequence. See more »


Referenced in Honest Trailers: Inception (2013) See more »


Pee-wee's Playhouse Theme
Written by George McGrath, Mark Mothersbaugh and Paul Reubens
Sung by Cyndi Lauper (as Ellen Shaw)
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4 May 2002 | by AllisonLVenezioSee all my reviews

As a child growing up in the 1980s (born October 1982), you could not avoid watching "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." Originally airing on CBS from 1986-1990, it was a staple in the viewing habits of youngsters of all ages (and sometimes, their parents too!)

Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Rubens) has a wacky, funny playhouse. When we come to visit his playhouse, Pee-Wee treats the visitors (viewers) to games, cartoons, friends, and the "The Secret Word of the Day" (AHHHHH!) The presentations in his playhouse are always fun and educational, and tend not to drive the parents crazy. The guests are assorted oddballs, such as Captain Carl, Miss Yvonne, and Cowboy Curtis, as well as "The Salesman" ("I'm here to make you this one-time special offer--" "AAAAHHHH!").

This was by-far one of the greatest kiddie shows on television during my early years. If you ask anyone around my age, they will proudly tell you that they watched Pee-Wee. (In fact, my brother and I used to scream when they said the Secret Word of the Day) This was one of the most fun sows on TV, and was cancelled so abruptly after Ruben's rather interesting ordeal. My mom used to watch this with my brother and I when we were in pre-school, and continued to watch it with us when we started Kindergarten in 1988. I was saddened when it was cancelled after I finished first grade in 1990, as was many kids who idolized Pee-Wee, and looked up to him as our entertainment.

This a such a great and educational show, and I am sad to not be able to see the reruns (tragically, I don't have any on tape) and that future generations will never see what a great show this was. I'm hoping a children's networ will bring back the reruns. I'm hoping I will find videos somewhere, as I would like to be able to show my own children some day who this children's programming genius was. You know how big of a fan I am??? I have Pee-Wee Herman's scream on my AOL Instant Messanger.

The secret word of the day is "fun." "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" is the most "fun" you can have in a half-hour. "Ahhhhhhh!" Brings back old memories.

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