Pee-Wee's Playhouse

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Pee-Wee's Playhouse
Pee-Wees Playhouse-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 13, 1986
Finale November 10, 1990
Creator Paul Reubens
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute children's comedy
Company Binder Entertainment,
Broadcast Arts Productions, Inc.,
Grosso-Jacobson Productions,
Pee Wee Pictures,
R.B. Productions, Inc.
Seasons 5
Episodes 45 + 1 special
Origin USA

Pee-Wee's Playhouse was a children's comedy that aired on CBS. The series is an outgrowth of Paul Reubens' character Pee-Wee Herman, which he created while performing with the Groundlings and eventually developed into The Pee-Wee Herman Show. After Reubens lost a Saturday Night Live audition to Gilbert Gottfried, he began developing the show further. After the Tim Burton directed Pee-Wee's Big Adventure premiered as a sleeper hit, CBS agreed to produce a live-action Saturday morning children's series based on the character.

The series employed several different recurring skits to teach children morals in an artistic environment. Some of the most popular bits include the secret word presented by Conky the Robot, short cartoons from the King of Cartoons and reading pen pal letters. The series was lauded by critics, who considered it a post-modern approach to children's television because of the absolute lack of convention in defiance of institutional sexism and racism.

Reubens and CBS mutually agreed to end the series after 45 episodes in 1990. In 1991, he was charged with indecent exposure at an adult theater and CBS immediately pulled reruns of the series. Reruns of the series aired briefly several years later on both MTV and Adult Swim.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Paul Reubens Pee-Wee Herman 1 2 3 4 5
Billy Baloney 1 2 3 4 5
John Paragon Jambi, the Genie 1 2 3 4 5
Pterri, the Pterrodactyl 1 2 3 4 5
Phil Hartman Captain Carl 1
Johann Carlo Dixie 1
Gregory Harrison Conky, the Robot 1 2 3 4 5
Mr. Knucklehead (voice) 1 2 3 4 5
Ric Heitzman Mr. Window 1 2 3 4 5
Cool Cat 1 2 3 4 5
Salesman 1
Flowers 1 2 3 4 5
Fish (voice) 1 2 3 4 5
Roland Rodriguez Tito, the Lifeguard 1
Lynne Marie Stewart Miss Yvonne 1 2 3 4 5
Shirley Stoler Mrs. Steve 1
Gilbert Lewis King of Cartoons 1
William Marshall 2 3 4 5
Diane Yang Cher 1
Natasha Lyonne Opal 1
Shaun Weiss Elvis 1
Laurence Fishburne Cowboy Curtis 1 2 3 4 5
S. Epatha Merkerson Reba 1 2 3 4 5
Suzanne Kent Mrs. Rene 2 3 4
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Kevin Carlson Clocky 1 2 3 4 5
Conky 1 2 3 4 5
Floory (voice) 1 2 3 4 5
George McGrath Countess 1 2 3 4 5
Fish 1 2 3 4 5
Flowers 1 2 3 4 5
Globey (voice) 1 2 3 4 5
Alison Mork Chairry 1 2 3 4 5
Chicky Baby 1 2 3 4 5
Magic Screen (voice) 1 2 3 4 5
Alisan Porter Li'l Punkin 2 3 4
Anna Seidman Penny (voice) 1 2 3 4 5
Vic Trevino Ricardo the soccer player & World's Strongest Man 1 2 3 4 5
Wayne White Dirty Dog 1 2 3 4 5
Fish Flowers 1 2 3 4 5
Mr. Kite 1 2 3 4 5
Randy (voice) 1 2 3 4 5

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 13, 1986 December 6, 1986 13
Season Two September 12, 1987 November 14, 1987 10
Season Three September 10, 1988 September 17, 1988 2 + 1
Season Four September 9, 1989 November 11, 1989 10
Season Five September 8, 1990 November 10, 1990 10

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series October 21, 2014 8

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Episode Collections
Volume 1 November 16, 2004 5

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Volume 2 November 16, 2004 5

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Individual Episodes
Christmas Special October 19, 2004 1

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External Sites