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Paul Reubens (conceived by) and
Phil Hartman
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11 September 1981 (USA) See more »
An adult-oriented version of what would eventually become an award-winning children's classic. This... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Paul Reubens 
Marty Callner (television director)
Writing credits
Paul Reubens (conceived by)

Phil Hartman 
Edie McClurg 
John Paragon 
Bill Steinkellner 

Produced by
Marty Callner .... producer
Dawna Kaufmann .... co-producer
Paul Reubens .... executive producer
Gregory Sills .... associate producer (as Greg Sills)
Original Music by
Jay Cotton  (as Jay Condom)
Production Design by
Gary Panter 
Art Direction by
Dwight Jackson 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
Makeup Department
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Molly Miles .... associate director (as Molly Miles Stitzel)
Sound Department
Troy Mathisen .... sound mixer
Doug Winwood .... sound
Joey Wolpert .... audio director: stage show
Special Effects by
Rick Nelson .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Laura Adler .... technician: stage show
Mark Beam .... technician: stage show
Greg Brunton .... lighting director
Cathy Clark .... technician: stage show
Joe Epperson .... camera operator
Paul Gadson .... technician: stage show
Jason Goodman .... technician: stage show
Tim Guyer .... technician: stage show
Larry Heider .... camera operator
Bob Keys .... camera operator (as Bobby Keyes)
David Levisohn .... camera operator
Barbara Ling .... lighting designer: original stage show
Troy Mathisen .... technician: stage show
Chuck Morelli .... technician: stage show
Laura Petticord .... technician: stage show
Guy Pohlman .... technician: stage show
Rick Potts .... technician: stage show
Steve Ralph .... technical director: stage show
Hector Ramirez .... camera operator
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician
John Stark .... technician: stage show
Tom Willard .... technician: stage show
Joan Wolpert .... technician: stage show
Editorial Department
Barbara Babcock .... assistant videotape editor
Bill Breshears .... editor: video tape
Music Department
Jay Cotton .... music arranger (as Jay Condom)
Other crew
Patrick Aumont .... production coordinator
Mark Beam .... production assistant
Steve Carmendy .... stage manager: stage show
Jan Collison .... production associate
Terry Donohue .... technical director
Betsy Heimann .... production coordinator
Carol Phillips .... electronic graphic artist
Mark Sanford .... video
Steven J. Santos .... stage manager
Leslie Williams .... assistant: Pee Wee

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58 min
Aspect Ratio:
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[Miss Yvonne notices Pee Wee looking depressed and he explains why]
Pee Wee Herman:Once upon a time, there was this boy, and he knew this beautiful woman. It's not you, though. Well, the beautiful woman tells this boy that she has this secret wish, and her wish is that she wants this guy to really like her. So, anyway, the boy makes this huge, personal sacrifice and he gives his wish away.
Miss Yvonne:To the beautiful woman?
Pee Wee Herman:That's right.
[He leaps up from his seat, clearly agitated]
Pee Wee Herman:It's not like the boy expects like he's gonna get anything in return or anything, but... but then he doesn't *get* anything in return; nothing happens! Nothing happens at all! Zip, zero, zilch, they're ain't nothing, no advancements, no nothing! It just doesn't seem fair. It's not like the boy doesn't have a wish of his own. Now I'm never gonna get to...
[He realizes his mistake]
Pee Wee Herman:I mean, now the *boy* is never gonna get to fly... I gotta go be myself, Miss Yvonne.
[He hurries out the door]
Miss Yvonne:No, Pee Wee, stay here with me!
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An unbelievably fun way to spend an hour., 18 January 1999
Author: Joe-124 from South San Francisco, CA

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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