Primetime pick: Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Primetime pick: Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Gavin Smith

Primetime Pick: Pee-wee’s Playhouse

At long last, the indisputable genius of Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, is rescued from oblivion through the miracle of DVD. The immortal Emmy-award winning Pee-wee’s Playhouse (Image, $49.99 each) was essential Saturday morning viewing from the Fall of 1986 until it was unceremoniously yanked from the airwaves following the arrest of its creator-star in a Miami porn theater in 1990. A delirious and subversively gay kid-vid fantasia of manic regression, ultra-inventive animation, supercool production design, and camp double entendre, the show featured the likes of Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis, William (Blacula) Marshall as the King of Cartoons, and the great Phil Hartman as Captain Carl. In addition to two box sets, encompassing all 45 episodes (including six never previously aired), you can also get hold of the Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (Image $14.99). Praise Jambi!

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