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Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series 1986–1991) Poster

(1986–1991)

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Rob Zombie was a production assistant on the show.
The theme song was sung by Cyndi Lauper, but is listed in the credits by a stage name, Ellen Shaw.
Throughout the entire series run, the closing credits have never credited Paul Reubens as Peewee Herman, but instead would display the other cast & guest stars first and then would display "and Peewee Herman as Himself".
It is often assumed that the main reason for the cancellation of the series was Paul Reubens indictment for obscenity for an incident in an adult theater in Florida, but in fact Reubens and CBS had mutually agreed to end the show in 1991. CBS did, however, choose not to air the reruns of episodes they had planned for August of that year, and the final network telecast was 27 July 1991.
The fourth and fifth seasons were filmed back-to-back without the usual break between seasons. CBS offered Reubens a deal for a sixth season but he turned it down citing exhaustion.
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Ranked #10 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
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According to Mark Mothersbaugh, he would compose the music for each episode just four days before they aired.
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Only two episodes, plus the Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988), were created for the third season, due to both Paul Reubens working on Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and production being halted by the strike caused by the Writers Guild of America in 1988. John Paragon wrote both episodes for this season, and together with Reubens, wrote the Christmas special.
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John Singleton was a security guard on the Playhouse set.
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Several notable changes to the show's characters, cast, or set occurred over the years. At the start of season two, the show moved from its New York City warehouse studio to facilities at the Hollywood Center Studios, creating changes in personnel and a change to the set that allowed the show to take advantage of the additional space.
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Prior to moving to Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California, for the second season, Wayne White also redesigned the puppets, using his original sketches as references.
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During the first season's opening credits, Pee Wee is seen spinning in front of a large picture board. One picture is a drawing of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs; figurehead of the satirical Church of the Subgenius.
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