Parents' Guide to

Pee-wee's Playhouse

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Brilliant, double-edged silliness has broad appeal.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 6+

Nostalgic for parents, fun for kids

My daughter loves this show. I thought we'd be annoyed, but it was fun to see the show again thirty years later.

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age 3+

PeeWee entertains people of all ages!

This show enterained me as a child, and I still catch myself watching it when I have it on for my kids. Yes, it is random and silly... But it teaches children about friendship, being patient, what being selfish and selfless means... and that beint different is okay. It has fun songs and dancing, unique characters and interesting subjects.

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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Reubens pulls off a kind of Bugs Bunny trick in this show, entertaining the kiddies while giving grown-ups something to smirk at. The magic of Pee-Wee's Playhouse is its dual audience: Children notice only the show's imaginative charm, while adults warm to the sly subversive nature of many of the characters and situations. With decades having passed since the show's production, it's also fun to watch the early work of now-well-known actors Fishburne and Merkerson.

Most of the Playhouse gags still seem quite innovative today, and its incorporative animation style is a nice change of pace from today's CGI-heavy series. Pee-wee's cooking segments are particularly choice, as are any interactions with Jambi the Genie (John Paragon). Because so many adults find Pee-wee's zaniness enchanting, this '80s series is quite the cult classic. That said, though, Reubens' unique entertainment style can be an acquired taste, and it may not strike your fancy the first time you watch. Kids, on the other hand, won't think twice about loving it.

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