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Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Thanks for the… Disturbing Memories June 20, 2007

Filed under: 1980s,Memories,Television — Emily @ 7:30 am

Remember a little Saturday morning show called Pee-wee’s Playhouse? It aired from 1986-1991 on CBS, and starred Paul Reubens (who was also the show’s creator), before his trouble with the law and subsequent career decline. He has, however, recently enjoyed a resurgence in his career. Looking back at clips from the show, now, 20 years later, I am struck by how odd the show was. In particular, the extended opening sequence is very “trippy.” As a child, though, the wacky antics of Pee-wee and his inanimate object friends (Chairry, Clockey, and Globey – to name a few) were nothing more than a fun-filled 30 minutes of sensory overload. You’ll know what I mean when you watch the show’s intro below. Some of my favorite memories from this show are the Secret Word, Connect the Dots, and the “Penny” cartoons (I liked how her eyes were pennies – enjoy the short “Penny” cartoon below). What are your favorite memories – or most disturbing recurring nightmares – from Pee-wee’s Playhouse?

For more Playhouse fun, check out the official website: Pee-wee’s Playhouse





2 Responses to “Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Thanks for the… Disturbing Memories”

  1. Cara Says:

    The intro: disturbing, very disturbing.
    Penny? Sweet & funny.
    I still sometimes say, “Mekka lekka hi, mekka hi-nee ho!”
    What was the target age for this program?

  2. Emily Says:

    I double-checked on wikipedia, and it was Jambi the blue-faced genie, who lived in a jeweled box, who would say the magic words “Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho” to grant Pee-wee’s wishes. That is fun to say. For a long time I’ve thought it was Wizzo the Wizard on The Bozo Show who coined the term. Silly me.
    My guess is that the original target audience was pre-school or elementary-aged kids, but the show has since been re-aired on HBO and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. Maybe that’s because a certain demographic of adults are the ones who grew up watching it.

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