Pee-wee’s Playhouse was the bright and colorful spotlight television show for Pee-wee Herman, comedian Paul Reubens’ most famous creation. Running from the mid-1980s until 1991 on Saturday mornings, it became a staple of many childhoods that is still fondly remembered to this day. While the character and his original stage show were once targeted towards older audiences, Pee-wee’s Playhouse was an “all ages” affair that balanced the introduction of basic morals and other educational leanings with an ebullient sense of all-out fun.
The ability to seamlessly serve dual purposes and entertain a broad audience is why Pee-wee’s Playhouse was the best show in many people’s eyes. It can still be found ranked highly in many “Best TV Shows Of All Time” lists, and it continues to garner praise as adults revisit it for the first time since their childhood. New generations have also been able to latch on thanks to DVD and Blu-Ray releases. The show has also been made available for streaming on popular platforms such as Netflix, assuring that its legacy will live on just a bit longer.
Even with his initial time in the spotlight now something of the past, there’s no doubting that Pee-wee Herman is still an immensely beloved character, and Pee-wee’s Playhouse itself has remained a classic that will always be looked back on fondly. Reubens even managed to bring the character back one more time in 2016 for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a Netflix exclusive film that garnered positive reviews and a “certified fresh” rating of over 80 percent on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Between that and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure the widely adored 1985 motion picture directed by Tim Burton it would be impossible to deny the sizable mark that’s been made upon pop culture.