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Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988)

Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clockey / Conky / Floory
Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
Aaron Fletcher ...
Ric Heitzman ...
Cool Cat / Fish / Flower / Mr.Window
Suzanne Kent ...
Cowntess / Fish / Flower / Globey
Alison Mork ...
Miss Yvonne (as Lynne Stewart)
Dirty Dog / Fish / Flower / Mr. Kite / Randy
Charlie Tickner ...


Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate, goes for a sleigh ride with Magic Johnson, commands Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello to make Christmas cards, receives a long phone call from Dinah Shore, even has more musical fun with k.d. lang, the Del Rubio Triplettes and Charo! Finally, Big Red arrives and announces that Pee-wee's Christmas list was so big, he didn't have enough presents for all the children of the world. Will Pee-wee follow his own advice and help others? Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Musical


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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Special  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


k.d. lang was asked by Paul Reubens to be on the show after hearing her first record in which was given to him by issue of Warner Bros. Her segment took the longest to film; nearly half a day. See more »


Randy: There ain't no such thing as Santa Claus.
Pee-wee: Alright, I'll just take your stocking down.
Randy: Wait a minute, Pee-Wee, let's not be hasty here. Why not leave it up? Just for decoration, you understand.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Dinah Shore continues to sing "Twelve Days of Christmas" and after the credits, she asks where Pee-Wee has gone because the mannequin dressed as Pee-Wee does not respond. See more »


Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Overlooked Christmas Specials (2014) See more »


O Come All Ye Faithful/Deck the Halls/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Music attributed to John Francis Wade, lyrics traditional, translated by Frederick Oakeley / traditional tune, English lyrics by Thomas Oliphant / lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears, music by Richard Storrs Willis
Performed by Paul Reubens and cast
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Possibly the GREATEST holiday special... EVER!!!
1 October 2000 | by (Streling Heights, MI) – See all my reviews

Pee Wee Herman and friends join in the holiday spirit tour de force in what might be the greatest holiday special ever. The regulars are all there, from Capt. Carl (the late, great Phil Hartman) to Reba the Mail lady. In addition to the already sensational cast, numerous guests are in attendance including (but in no particular order by any means) Frankie and Annette, the Derubial Triplets, Charro, Grace Jones, and Little Richard (and I'm positive I'm forgetting a few, and I'm sorry for that [I want to say k.d. lang, but don't quote me on that]).

Now, the special does focus its attention on Christmas, but it also brings Hanukah into light for a moment (hence my persistence on dubbing it as a 'holiday special') - and it does so both educationally and entertainingly (if that's a word).

This single episode of Pee Wee's Playhouse is forever held dear to me, not only because of the sheer amount of comedic goodness, but also because I feel it best sums up entirely the greatness of what was arguably one of the greatest shows ever!

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