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"Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1986-1991

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Pee-wee's Playhouse -- As the Spring season comes to "begin," Pee-wee plants a seed, and it grows quickly (courtesy of Clockey). Also, the King of Cartoons presents his wife, "The Queen of Cartoons," and his son, "The Prince of Cartoons." Also, when Pee-wee doesn't make the baseball team, Ricardo shows him that there are other sports he can try.


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Release Date:
13 September 1986 (USA) See more »
Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 26)

Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman / ... (45 episodes, 1986-1990)
George Mcgrath ... Globey / ... (35 episodes, 1986-1990)
Alison Mork ... Chairry / ... (30 episodes, 1986-1990)

William Marshall ... King of Cartoons (22 episodes, 1987-1990)

John Paragon ... Pterri / ... (20 episodes, 1986-1990)

Series Directed by
Stephen R. Johnson (12 episodes, 1986)
Paul Reubens (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Wayne Orr (2 episodes, 1987)

Bill Freiberger (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
George Mcgrath (23 episodes, 1986-1987)
Paul Reubens (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Max Robert (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Paragon (2 episodes, 1986)
David Steven Cohen (2 episodes, 1990)

Rob Bragin (unknown episodes)
Phil Hartman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Larry Jacobson .... producer (44 episodes, 1986-1990)
Paul Reubens .... executive producer / producer (5 episodes, 1986-1990)
Richard Gilbert Abramson .... executive producer / producer (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Steve Binder .... producer (3 episodes, 1987)
Prudence Fenton .... animation producer / senior animation producer (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Andrea Miller .... associate producer / co-coordinating producer (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Thomas A. Bliss .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1987)

Bruce Golin .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Sonny Grosso .... producer (unknown episodes)
Frank Saperstein .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh (37 episodes, 1986-1990)
Danny Elfman (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Todd Rundgren (4 episodes, 1986)
The Residents (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Snow (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Cinematography by
David Lewis (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Daryl Studebaker (13 episodes, 1986)
Peter Smokler (10 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Les Kaye (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Joe Castellano (13 episodes, 1986)
Paul Dougherty (13 episodes, 1986)
Doug Jines (13 episodes, 1986)
Howard Silver (13 episodes, 1986)
Patrick Clancey (10 episodes, 1989)
William Flicker (10 episodes, 1989)
Karen Tessler (10 episodes, 1990)
Billy Fox (7 episodes, 1987)
Richard Schwadel (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Casting by
Marcia Shulman (1 episode, 1986)
Diane Dimeo (1 episode, 1987)
Ann Ross (1 episode, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Gary Panter (31 episodes, 1986-1989)
Ric Heitzman (21 episodes, 1986-1988)
Wayne White (21 episodes, 1986-1988)
Series Art Direction by
Jimmy Cuomo (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr. (10 episodes, 1986)
Series Set Decoration by
Paul Reubens (21 episodes, 1987-1989)
Deborah Madalena-Lloyd (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Nancy Deren (10 episodes, 1986)
Series Costume Design by
Alvin (13 episodes, 1986)
Series Makeup Department
Karen Reuter Fabbo .... co-key makeup (42 episodes, 1986-1990)
Ve Neill .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 1987-1989)
Eric Gregg .... wigs (13 episodes, 1986)
Sally Hershberger .... hairdresser / key hair stylist (13 episodes, 1986)
Sharon Ilson .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1986)
Jerry Masone .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Production Management
Jim Riche .... production manager (13 episodes, 1986)
Richard Quan .... animation production manager (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Howard G. Malley .... executive in charge of production (10 episodes, 1987)
Jim Michaels .... post-production supervisor (10 episodes, 1987)
Ken Winber .... production manager (2 episodes, 1988)

George H. Cook .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Rick Finn .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
April Lee Grebb .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Troy Miller .... executive in charge of production (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Czarnecki .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Peggy Jacobson .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Benita Allen .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1987)
Curtis Collins .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1987)
Thomas Schellenberg .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1987)
Robert Loeser .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1990)

Neil Kinsella .... first assistant director (unknown episodes, 1989)
Greg Ciaccio .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Joan Cunningham .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Craig Edwards .... model builder (13 episodes, 1986)
Edie Robinette-Petrachi .... painter (13 episodes, 1986)
Timothy Young .... puppet and prop fabrication/design (13 episodes, 1986)
James Higginson .... property master (12 episodes, 1987-1988)

Dorne Huebler .... animation art director (unknown episodes)
Kevin Ladson .... prop production assistant (unknown episodes)
Andrew M. Siegel .... on-set assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Peter Cole .... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / ... (23 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ken Dahlinger .... sound effects editor / sound effects / ... (22 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Kirklys .... supervising sound effects editor / supervising mixer / ... (22 episodes, 1987-1990)
John Walker .... sound effects editor / sound mixer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bo Harwood .... production sound mixer (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Troy Smith .... re-recording mixer (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Chris Trent .... dialogue editor / dialogue mixer / ... (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ken Hahn .... re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 1986)
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer (13 episodes, 1986)
Dana Mark McClure .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (13 episodes, 1987-1989)
Philippe Desloovere .... sound effects supervisor / supervising sound editor (11 episodes, 1986)
Bill Marino .... sound effects supervisor / supervising sound editor (11 episodes, 1986)
Greg Teall .... sound effects editor (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Debbie Pinthus .... boom operator (7 episodes, 1987)
Brett Vail .... sound assistant (4 episodes, 1990)

Chuck Fitzpatrick .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Sal Denaro .... puppet maker (13 episodes, 1986)
Jimi Udel .... special effects art director (12 episodes, 1986)

Prudence Fenton .... special effects director (unknown episodes)
Steve Koch .... puppet builder (unknown episodes)
John Palmer .... special effects foreman (unknown episodes)
Don Waller .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Patrick Clancey .... visual effects compositor (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Reid Paul .... visual effects director of photography (12 episodes, 1986)

Spencer Cook .... stop motion animator (unknown episodes)
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Suzanne Smith .... model maker (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (45 episodes, 1986-1990)
Alex Aurichio .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 1986)
Jeffrey M. Hoffman .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1986)
Ethan Phillips .... camera operator / gaffer (13 episodes, 1986)
Vincent E. Toto .... animation camera operator (13 episodes, 1988-1990)
Steven R. Monroe .... assistant camera (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Dave Carroll .... key grip / dolly grip (10 episodes, 1986)
Liz Dory .... assistant camera (10 episodes, 1987)
David Tolsky .... second assistant camera (8 episodes, 1986)
Peter Nelson .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 1986)
Elana Kolker .... second assistant camera (5 episodes, 1986)
Claudia Raschke .... second assistant camera (5 episodes, 1986)
Howard Krupa .... dolly grip first unit (3 episodes, 1986)

John R.A. Benson .... camera operator: motion control (unknown episodes)
Tom Keefer .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Gary Molyneux .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Gay E. Riedel .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
Mark H. Weingartner .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Spencer Cook .... stop motion animator (13 episodes, 1986)
John Lindauer .... animation director (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Phil Trumbo .... animation director / director: opening titles (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Stephen Holman .... painter (2 episodes, 1989-1990)

Scott Beauchemin .... animation editor (unknown episodes)
Prudence Fenton .... animation director / animator (unknown episodes)
Glenn Lazzaro .... animation editor (unknown episodes)
April March .... animator (unknown episodes)
Don Waller .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Ann Ross .... extras casting (1 episode, 1990)
Darren Sefton .... extras casting (1 episode, 1990)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Grace Erndt .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Candis Heiland .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Sandy Berke Jordan .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Milton G. Mangum .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Series Editorial Department
Kathy Siegel .... post-production supervisor (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Cheryl Campsmith .... on-line editor (10 episodes, 1987)
Steve Kirklys .... supervising editor (10 episodes, 1989)
Steven D. Smith .... post p.a. (10 episodes, 1989)
Paula Stein .... post-production coordinator (8 episodes, 1988-1990)

Chris Howe .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Mark Mothersbaugh .... composer: main and end title music / composer: title theme (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Will Urban .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 1986)

Peter Cole .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Joe Delia .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
Scott Thunes .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
Dweezil Zappa .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Peter Nissen .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1986)
Robert D. Tucker .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1986)
Rick Ashman .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1986)
Walker Fenton .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1990)

Yvonne Ramond .... first assistant accountant (unknown episodes, 1989)
Jonathan Berman .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Dorne Huebler .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Adam Lichtenstein .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
John Singleton .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Rob Zombie .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Matt Chaikin .... special thanks (1 episode, 1987)
Scott E. Chester .... special thanks (1 episode, 1987)

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USA:30 min (45 episodes)
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When the show first premiered, whenever the writers were doing dark scenes, they would normally featured cartoon eyes. As seasons progressed, between the third and fifth, they were different that they thought they didn't have story lines for them or they just didn't want to be corny.See more »
Pee-wee:You all remember what to do whenever anybody says the secret word right?
Pee-wee:That's right. For the rest of the day, whenever anybody says the secret word, scream real loud. Ready? Let's try it.
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
I loved Pee-Wee's Playhouse, 11 February 2005
Author: J Smith ( from Michigan

As a child, this show changed me and influenced me in ways I never realized at the time, but now looking back on DVD, I can totally see why I needed this show as a child, and why Pee-Wee and company did an EXCELLENT job of providing pure quality entertainment.

Of course, the puppets were my favorite characters as a kid, as I recall my favs. at the time were Dog Chair and the Fish...and of course Floory. :p Nowadays, I appreciate the live actors even more...although I enjoyed them as a kid as well. I'm still confused by some of the earlier cast choices just like I was as a kid.

Of course, you have the essentials...

Miss Yvonne - Most beautiful woman in puppet-land, and boy is she ever. She taught kids that beauty was far more than just appearance, it also was your state of mind and how you felt on the inside.

Cowboy Curtis - Lawrence Fishburne, and I still have a hard time seeing him as Morpheous now. I mean, who's Morpheous compared to COWBOY FREAKING CURTIS? But I digress, Curtis was complex and interesting. A tiny bit of homoeroticness in his character, but I never picked up on that really as a kid.

King Cartoon/The King of Cartoons - Two different actors played him. The first wasn't all that great. His approach to playing the King was basically he was this crazy drunk who would stagger out of the back of some taxi with a film projector and drunkenly announce the cartoon (if he could remember to). The second King was waaaay better....he's the one who had a remote control and the flowers introduced. Even as I kid I could tell he was a great actor, and he made the King of Cartoons way likable.

In the first season, the whole tone of the show was definitely different from later ones because of the cast, and it would seem Ruebens or Paragon or whoever realized this and let go of the following characters;

Mrs. Steve - Never really clear if she was really Pee-Wee's (or ANYBODY's) friend, and all of her appearances were strangely done. I just never got her, or the humor they were going for with her.

Dixie - The taxi driver who would do a trumpet solo before introducing King Cartoon. Again, whatever humor or point Dixie's character was making, it went completely over my head. She's either a tough tomboy, a lesbian (which I think is most likely), or just extremely liberated as a female.

Tito - The uber-buff lifeguard for Pee-Wee's pool. Now, this character did actually contribute something to the show; namely, a really buff stud walking around in nothing but a bikini and flexing his muscles. Of course, you were either a housewife or gay to appreciate this, because to a kid he was pretty boring and lifeless.

Captain Carl - I'm actually surprised he didn't last on the show, considering he was in Pee-Wee's live show. However, Captain Carl as a character was a little out of place on Playhouse. His humor was fine, but it never really operated on a kid level. And Phil Hartman never seemed all that thrilled around kids screaming in his face.

Eventually, when the Playhouse is remodeled we are introduced to new cast members, and they all meshed great.

Ms. Rene - In a way, she's Mrs. Steve's replacement, in that she's Pee-Wee's portly neighbor who is gossipy and a definite clothes-horse. However, where Mrs. Steve was always negative and moody, Ms. Rene was incredibly happy and light-hearted, and very very funny! "I love the outdoors, As long as I'm on the indoors"

Ricardo - I guess you could say Ricardo was a replacement for Tito, but not really. Ricardo was into sports, mainly soccer, and he was always teaching Spanish. One thing I loved about Ricardo was the guy was always laughing, and he seemed to genuinely like being there.

Reba the Mail Lady - Reba, perhaps, could be considered a replacement for Captain Carl in the sense that she's the "straight man" who always reacts hilariously to Pee-wee's zany antics. I liked Reba a lot. She pretty much told Pee-Wee what she thought of him on a regular basis (he's insane) and that would egg him on to get her to join in his games. But one thing you could always say about Reba: She was DEDICATED to her job, and you have to respect that.

Jambi - My perceptions of him are radically different now as an adult than as a kid. He was obviously going for a homosexual undertone (One time he even said "Swish? Did someone say Swish?") and John Paragon is a brilliant actor when it comes to comedic timing. "Repeat after me in the ancient language of...Jambease!" (Ooooh! :P) Overall, I recommend this series for anyone who appreciates living outside the box and appreciating the artwork Ruebens, Paragon, and company have provided kids and adults.

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