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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]

Contents

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
210September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
32 + SpecialDecember 21, 1988 (1988-12-21)1989 (1989)
410September 16, 1989 (1989-09-16)November 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)
510September 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
11"Ice Cream Soup"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)01
Before 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)
22"Luau for Two"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholSeptember 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)
33"Rainy Day"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholSeptember 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)
44"Now You See Me, Now You Don't"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholOctober 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)
55"Just Another Day"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholOctober 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)
66"Beauty Makeover"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)06
Miss Yvonne says she can give 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)
77"The Restaurant"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholOctober 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)
88"Ants in Your Pants"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholNovember 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)
99"Monster in the Playhouse"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholNovember 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)
1010"The Cowboy and the Cowntess"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholNovember 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)
1111"Stolen Apples"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)11
Randy steals Mrs. Steve's crab apples.
Secret Word: There
King of Cartoons: Somewhere in Dreamland (1936)
1212"The Gang's All Here"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholNovember 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)
1313"Party"Stephen R. JohnsonGeorge McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael VarholDecember 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, Tito, Captain Carl, Mrs. Steve, Elvis, Cher, Opal and the salesman.

Season 2 (1987)Edit

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114"Open House"Guy Louthan and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertSeptember 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
King of Cartoons: Philips Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

Note: First appearances of Billy Baloney, Ricardo, Floory, Mrs. René And Clockey.
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.
215"Puppy in the Playhouse"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)202
A dog comes to the playhouse.
Secret Word: Over
King of Cartoons: To Spring (1936)
316"Store"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertOctober 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)
417"Pee-wee Catches a Cold"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertOctober 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)
518"Why Wasn't I Invited?"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)205
The Cowntess invites pretty much everyone to her party except for Pee-wee, Magic Screen, and Chairry.
Secret Word: All
King of Cartoons: Piano Tooners (1932)
619"Tons of Fun"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertOctober 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)
720"School"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertOctober 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)
821"Spring"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)208
Secret Word: Begin
King of Cartoons: Wedding in the Coral Sea (1943)
922"Playhouse in Outer Space"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertNovember 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)
1023"Pajama Party"Wayne Orr and Paul ReubensGeorge McGrath, Paul Reubens and Max RobertNovember 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 does the Secret Word routine in this episode)
King of Cartoons: Musical Memories (1935)

Season 3 (1988–1989)Edit

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. On February 2, 1989, The Pittsburgh Press stated that both episodes had been completed, but it was unclear when they would air. On March 26, The Courier stated in a Q&A that one of the episodes had already aired, but was unsure of the other one. Finally, on August 8, The Chillicothe Gazette stated that the other Season 3 episode would be shown with the ones from Season 4 in the Fall of that year.

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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1Special"Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special"Paul ReubensJohn Paragon and Paul ReubensDecember 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 UCLA Men's Choir.

Filming dates: November 14-25, 1988[3]
224"Reba Eats and Pterri Runs"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Paragon1989 (1989)[4][5][6]301
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. Pee-wee and his friends were disappointed that Pterri ran away from the Playhouse, but Pterri comes back.
Secret Word: Now
King of Cartoons:
325"To Tell the Tooth"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Paragon1989 (1989)[7][8][9]302
Pee-wee gets a toothache, but avoids going to the dentist.
Secret Word: It
King of Cartoons:

Season 4 (1989)Edit

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126"Dr. Pee-wee and the Del Rubios"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonSeptember 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.
227"Fire in the Playhouse"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Paragon and Paul ReubensSeptember 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:
328"Love That Story"John Paragon and Paul ReubensMax RobertSeptember 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)403
Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne play "Library". Ricardo joins them to tell their favorite stories.
Secret Word: End
King of Cartoons:
429"Sick, Did Somebody Say Sick?"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonOctober 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 does the secret word routine and adds bark like a dog to it instead of screaming to it in this episide)
King of Cartoons:
530"Miss Yvonne's Visit"John Paragon and Paul ReubensDoug Cox and John MoodyOctober 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:
631"Rebarella"John Paragon and Paul ReubensLynne Marie Stewart and Mimi PondOctober 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:
732"Heat Wave"John Paragon and Paul ReubensRob BraginOctober 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
King of Cartoons:
833"Chairry-Tee Drive"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonNovember 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:
934"Let's Play Office"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Paragon and Lynne Marie StewartNovember 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:
1035"I Remember Curtis"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonNovember 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
136"Conky's Breakdown"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Moody and Doug CoxSeptember 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:
237"Mystery"John Paragon and Paul ReubensDavid Cohen and S.H. SchulmanSeptember 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:
338"Front Page Pee-wee"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Moody and Doug CoxSeptember 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:
439"Tango Time"John Paragon and Paul ReubensDavid Cohen and S.H. SchulmanOctober 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:
540"Playhouse Day"John Paragon and Paul ReubensRob BraginOctober 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:
641"Accidental Playhouse"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn Moody and Doug CoxOctober 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 does the Secret Word routine in this episode.)
King of Cartoons:
742"Fun, Fun, Fun"John Paragon and Paul ReubensMax RobertOctober 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:
843"Camping Out"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonNovember 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 does the Secret Word routine in this episode.)
King of Cartoons:
944"Something to Do"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonNovember 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:
1045"Playhouse for Sale"John Paragon and Paul ReubensJohn ParagonNovember 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 does the Secret Word routine 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. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ https://i.imgur.com/O2A1NiM.jpg
  4. ^ "TV Listings". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. February 2, 1989.
  5. ^ "TV Listings". The Courier. Waterloo, Iowa. March 26, 1989.
  6. ^ "TV Listings". The Chillicothe Gazette. Chillicothe, Ohio. August 8, 1989.
  7. ^ "TV Listings". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. February 2, 1989.
  8. ^ "TV Listings". The Courier. Waterloo, Iowa. March 26, 1989.
  9. ^ "TV Listings". The Chillicothe Gazette. Chillicothe, Ohio. August 8, 1989.

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