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The Pee Wee Herman Show (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  11 September 1981 (USA)
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An adult-oriented version of what would eventually become an award-winning children's classic. This version of the show features Pee-wee's playhouse and many of the characters of the later ... See full summary »


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An adult-oriented version of what would eventually become an award-winning children's classic. This version of the show features Pee-wee's playhouse and many of the characters of the later series, but with adult and sexual overtones and jokes including "mirror shoes" and others. Written by Joe Pranevich <>

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[Pee Wee is hypnotizing a member of the audience]
Pee Wee Herman: JOAN! Joan! Listen to me, Joan! You are getting drowsy Joan. Your eyelids are getting very very heavy, Joan. You are beginning to feel yourself slipping into a hypnotic state. Just listen to my voice, Joan. Ahhhh... Ahhhh... Ahhhh... Your eyelids are very heavy, Joan. You are hypnotized. Do ya feel hypnotized, Joan?
Joan: Yes!
Pee Wee Herman: [looks shocked] You do?
Pee Wee Herman: I mean, you dooooo!
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An unbelievably fun way to spend an hour.
18 January 1999 | by (South San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I've always thought that "Pee Wee's Playhouse" was geared toward adults more than kids, but "The Pee Wee Herman Show" is unquestionably adult-oriented comedy. I first saw this show on HBO in the early 80's, and watched a dozen times before tears from laughing so hard began to slow. This well-written, fast-paced, well-performed "play" lays the ground work for Reubens' subsequent films and tv shows.

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