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List of Pee-wee's Playhouse episodes

This is the complete episode list for Pee-wee's Playhouse. A total of 45 half-hour episodes including 1 primetime special were recorded for CBS from 1986 until 1990.[1][2] Season 3 only had two episodes, plus the primetime Christmas special, due to production being halted by the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike and also by the production of Big Top Pee-wee.

Contents

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
2 10 September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
3 2 + Special September 17, 1988 (1988-09-17) December 21, 1988 (1988-12-21)
4 10 September 16, 1989 (1989-09-16) November 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)
5 10 September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15) November 17, 1990 (1990-11-17)

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1986)Edit

No. in season No. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
1 1 "Ice Cream Soup" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) 01
After Pee-wee's friends are forced to evacuate the pool due to rain, Pee-wee decides to make Ice Cream Soup.
Secret Word: Door
King of Cartoons: Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939)
2 2 "Luau for Two" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol September 20, 1986 (1986-09-20) 02
Pee-wee wins dinner for two at a Hawaiian Restaurant, but then has to contemplate who he's going to take with him. He decides to throw a Luau party for all at his playhouse.
Secret Word: Fun
King of Cartoons: Ants in the Plants (1940)
3 3 "Rainy Day" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27) 03
It's raining outside the playhouse, and Pee-wee tries to comes up with all sorts of things to do, until he runs out of ideas and wishes the rain would stop.
Secret Word: Help
King of Cartoons: Summertime (1934)
4 4 "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04) 04
During a Magic Show he puts on for his friends, Pee-wee makes himself invisible, and has to become visible again.
Secret Word: Little
King of Cartoons: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931)
5 5 "Just Another Day" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol October 11, 1986 (1986-10-11) 05
Cowboy Curtis comes over to show Pee-wee the traits of being a Cowboy.
Secret Word: Back
King of Cartoons: Old Mother Hubbard (1935)
6 6 "Beauty Makeover" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol October 18, 1986 (1986-10-18) 06
Miss Yvonne says she can the next person who steps into the playhouse a beauty makeover, and it ends up being Mrs. Steve.
Secret Word: Time
King of Cartoons: The Three Bears (1935)
7 7 "The Restaurant" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol October 25, 1986 (1986-10-25) 07
Pee-wee's the maitre d', waiter and cashier when he plays restaurant with Captain Carl. But all they have are Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches.
Secret Word: Day
King of Cartoons: Molly Moo-Cow and the Butterflies (1935)
8 8 "Ants in Your Pants" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol November 1, 1986 (1986-11-01) 08
The Ants from Pee-wee's Ant Farm go missing and get all over everybody and everything.
Secret Word: What
King of Cartoons: Flip the Frog: Puddle Pranks (1931)
9 9 "Monster in the Playhouse" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol November 8, 1986 (1986-11-08) 09
Mrs. Steve warns Pee-wee that there is a one-eyed Monster on the loose.
Secret Word: Look
King of Cartoons: Jack Frost (1934)
10 10 "The Cowboy and the Cowntess" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15) 10
Miss Yvonne asks Cowboy Curtis out for a date, which makes him nervous. Cowntess suggests playing date role-playing, with Pee-wee as Miss Yvonne.
Secret Word: Good
King of Cartoons: Mary's Little Lamb (1935)
11 11 "Stolen Apples" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol November 22, 1986 (1986-11-22) 11
Randy steals Mrs. Steve's crab apples.
Secret Word: There
King of Cartoons: Somewhere in Dreamland (1936)
12 12 "The Gang's All Here" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol November 29, 1986 (1986-11-29) 12
The Playhouse Gang is joined by a new member (an adult) named Rusty, and Pee-wee assigns them secret names.
Secret Word: Okay
King of Cartoons: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931)
13 13 "Party" Stephen R. Johnson George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06) 13

Pee-wee throws a party for all of his friends in the playhouse.
Secret Word: This
King of Cartoons: Bunny Mooning (1937)

Note: Final appearances of Dixie, ricardo, captain carl, Mrs. rene and the s2-5 Playhouse Gang.

Season 2 (1987)Edit

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 14 "Open House" Guy Louthan and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) 201

Pee-wee and his friends help renovate the playhouse and Pee-wee makes sun tea for snack time.
Secret Word: House/Playhouse
King of Cartoons: Philips Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

Note: First appearances of tito, Floory and Mrs. stevé.
Note #2: When this show reran on FOX Family in the late 1990s, the segment in which Pee-wee Herman makes sun tea was cut, as making homemade sun tea can breed bacteria that can cause illness and/or death in some people. The edit was also made when the episode was released on VHS through MGM and United Artists. The Adult Swim rerun has this uncut. The DVD version is uncut as well, but contains a warning in the beginning that states that making sun tea can be dangerous. The Blu-Ray and Netflix releases of this episode are also uncut.
2 15 "Puppy in the Playhouse" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) 202
A dog comes to the playhouse.
Secret Word: Over
King of Cartoons: To Spring (1936)
3 16 "Store" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03) 203
Cowboy Curtis sings a little song, and Pee-wee, Curtis and Miss Yvonne play "Store".
Secret Word: More
King of Cartoons: Making 'em Move (1931)
4 17 "Pee-wee Catches a Cold" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10) 204
Pee-wee finds himself incapacitated when he comes down with a cold and is taken care of by Ricardo and Miss Yvonne.
Secret Word: Out
King of Cartoons: The Sunshine Makers (1935)
5 18 "Why Wasn't I Invited?" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17) 205
The Cowntess invites pretty much everyone to her party except for Pee-wee.
Secret Word: All
King of Cartoons: Piano Tooners (1932)
6 19 "Tons of Fun" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24) 206
When Pee-wee goes out to play with the Playhouse Gang, Miss Yvonne and Cowboy Curtis have some fun around the playhouse.
Secret Word: Cool
King of Cartoons: Philips Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
7 20 "School" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31) 207
The Playhouse Gang comes over and they and Pee-wee play a game of "school" and learn about Christopher Columbus and the Declaration of Independence.
Secret Word: Easy
King of Cartoons: Pagan Moon (1932)
8 21 "Spring" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07) 208
Secret Word: Begin
King of Cartoons: Wedding in the Coral Sea (1943)
9 22 "Playhouse in Outer Space" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14) 209
The playhouse gets abducted by an alien named Zyzzybalubah who forces everyone to be his new friend.
Secret Word: Zyzzybalubah
King of Cartoons: Ship of the Ether (1934)
10 23 "Pajama Party" Wayne Orr and Paul Reubens George McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max Robert November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21) 210
Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne host a slumber party at the playhouse, and Pee-wee marries a bowl of fruit salad.
Secret Word: Watch (Magic Screen gets the Secret Word in this episode)
King of Cartoons: Musical Memories (1935)

Season 3 (1988)Edit

No. in
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No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 24 "Reba Eats and Pterri Runs" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon September 17, 1988 (1988-09-17) 302
Much to the chagrin of both Jambi and Reba, Pee-wee wishes Reba over to the playhouse on her day off so she can mail his pen pal letter. Pee-wee invites Reba for some breakfast. Pterri no longer feels wanted around the playhouse, so he runs away.
Secret Word: Now
King of Cartoons:
2 25 "To Tell the Tooth" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon September 24, 1988 (1988-09-24) 301
Pee-wee gets a toothache, but avoids going to the dentist.
Secret Word: It
King of Cartoons:
3 Special "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special" Paul Reubens John Paragon and Paul Reubens December 21, 1988 (1988-12-21) 30X

It's Christmas at the Playhouse, and Pee-wee has a large wish list for Santa.
Secret Word: Year
King of Cartoons: Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)

Special guest stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Charo, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, Cher, the Del Rubio Triplets, Magic Johnson, Princess Zsa Zsa, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, and the U.S. Marine Corps Chorus

Filming dates: November 14-25, 1988[3]

Season 4 (1989)Edit

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 26 "Dr. Pee-wee and the Del Rubios" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon September 16, 1989 (1989-09-16) 401

Dr. Pee-wee takes care of Reba's splinter. The Del Rubio Triplets come over to play Pass the Orange and perform their rendition of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".
Secret Word: Well
King of Cartoons:

Note: First appearances of Chandelier, El Hombre and Pee-wee's dog, Roosevelt.
2 27 "Fire in the Playhouse" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon and Paul Reubens September 23, 1989 (1989-09-23) 402
Pee-wee dreams he is a superhero. While making homemade bread, Randy sets the oven way too high causing a fire to break out in the playhouse.
Secret Word: One
King of Cartoons:
3 28 "Love That Story" John Paragon and Paul Reubens Max Robert September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30) 403
Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne play "Library". tito joins them to tell their favorite stories.
Secret Word: End
King of Cartoons:
4 29 "Sick, Did Somebody Say Sick?" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon October 7, 1989 (1989-10-07) 404
When Pee-wee briefly steps out, Randy attempts to hijack the show. Jambi becomes sick and the genie doctor, Dr. Jinga Janga (Bernard Fox) makes a house call.
Secret Word: Go (Randy gets the secret word and has barked like a dog to it)
King of Cartoons:
5 30 "Miss Yvonne's Visit" John Paragon and Paul Reubens Doug Cox and John Moody October 14, 1989 (1989-10-14) 405
While Miss Yvonne's house is being painted, Pee-wee invites her to stay the night.
Secret Word: Nice
King of Cartoons:
6 31 "Rebarella" John Paragon and Paul Reubens Lynne Marie Stewart and Mimi Pond October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21) 406
Pee-wee, Miss Yvonne and the other playhouse puppets play "airplane", and later, prepare Reba for her big date.
Secret Word: Stop
King of Cartoons:
7 32 "Heat Wave" John Paragon and Paul Reubens Rob Bragin October 28, 1989 (1989-10-28) 407
On an especially hot day in the Playhouse, Pee-wee plays "courtroom" to judge over Miss Yvonne and Mrs. René wearing the same one-of-a-kind dress.
Secret Word: Here/Hear
King of Cartoons:
8 33 "Chairry-Tee Drive" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon November 4, 1989 (1989-11-04) 408
While searching for the Cowntess' pencil sharpener he borrowed from her years ago, Pee-wee decides to start a clothing drive.
Secret Word: Wait
King of Cartoons:
9 34 "Let's Play Office" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon and Lynne Marie Stewart November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11) 409
Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne play "office" with Pee-wee as the boss and Miss Yvonne as the secretary. Pee-wee makes fruit punch for a snack.
Secret Word: That
King of Cartoons:
10 35 "I Remember Curtis" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon November 18, 1989 (1989-11-18) 410
Cowboy Curtis leaves his lasso behind at the playhouse and Pee-wee and the gang reminisce in this Curtis-themed clip show.
Secret Word: Remember
King of Cartoons:

Season 5 (1990)Edit

No. in season No. in series Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
1 36 "Conky's Breakdown" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Moody and Doug Cox September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15) 501
Conky goes on the fritz, so Pee-wee calls a repairman (Jimmy Smits) to fix him. Miss Yvonne becomes smitten with this repairman.
Secret Word: Great
King of Cartoons:
2 37 "Mystery" John Paragon and Paul Reubens David Cohen and S.H. Schulman September 22, 1990 (1990-09-22) 502
Someone has been stealing things around the playhouse, and Pee-wee attempts to get to the bottom of it.
Secret Word: Around
King of Cartoons:
3 38 "Front Page Pee-wee" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Moody and Doug Cox September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29) 503
Pee-wee decides to start his own newspaper, but Randy publishes false articles in it.
Secret Word: How
King of Cartoons:
4 39 "Tango Time" John Paragon and Paul Reubens David Cohen and S.H. Schulman October 6, 1990 (1990-10-06) 504
Pee-wee watches two cartoons from the King of Cartoons. Pee-wee teaches Mrs. René how to tango. Pee-wee and Cowboy Curtis go through old photos in his photo album.
Secret Word: Fast
King of Cartoons:
5 40 "Playhouse Day" John Paragon and Paul Reubens Rob Bragin October 13, 1990 (1990-10-13) 505
All of Pee-wee's friends have to work, so Pee-wee makes up "Playhouse Day" to get them to come over.
Secret Word: Thing
King of Cartoons:
6 41 "Accidental Playhouse" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Moody and Doug Cox October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20) 506
Pee-wee's Japanese pen pal, Oki (Joey Miyashima), comes over to the Playhouse.
Secret Word: Place (Mrs. René gets the Secret Word in this episode.)
King of Cartoons:
7 42 "Fun, Fun, Fun" John Paragon and Paul Reubens Max Robert October 27, 1990 (1990-10-27) 507
Pee-wee attempts to say the Secret Word upside-down. Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne make cheeseballs. Pee-wee teaches viewers how to make a mobile.
Secret Word: On
King of Cartoons:
8 43 "Camping Out" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon November 3, 1990 (1990-11-03) 508
In this rare episode that takes place outside of the playhouse, Pee-wee and Cowboy Curtis go camping in the open range. Pee-wee has a sensual conversation with Rhonda, the Picturephone operator. (Sandra Bernhard)
Secret Word: Show (Globey gets the Secret Word in this episode.)
King of Cartoons:
9 44 "Something to Do" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10) 509
Pee-wee is bored, so Jambi makes a list of things he can do.
Secret Word: Do
King of Cartoons:
10 45 "Playhouse for Sale" John Paragon and Paul Reubens John Paragon November 17, 1990 (1990-11-17) 510
With Pee-wee out, Miss Yvonne finds a "for sale" sign outside the playhouse, and immediately assumes that Pee-wee is going to sell the playhouse. Miss Yvonne and the playhouse puppets all reminisce about the good times around the playhouse in this clip show.
Secret Word: Word (Miss Yvonne obtains the Secret Word in this episode.)
King of Cartoons:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Katie McLaughlin, CNN (25 October 2014). "You love Pee-wee's Playhouse? Why don't you marry it? - CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Pee-wee's Playhouse". www.ifc.com. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ https://i.imgur.com/O2A1NiM.jpg

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