If Pee-Wee Herman's TV show were rebooted today

AndyTDesigns created this credit sequence for a notional reboot of Pee-Wee Herman's TV show, which was a glorious bit of chaos cut off in its prime. His idea for a reboot is really fun:

Tv show intro for a show I'd like to see. I think it would be great to see a Pee Wee show based more on Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and more episodic in nature, with P.W. solving mysteries, finding missing things, and having adventures, but along the way his playhouse friends help him as well. Credits/ Danny Elfman for the song "Andy Chase" and Paul Reubens/ Pee Wee for characters. I am in no way profiting from this , it was made simply with affection for the characters and a way to keep me busy in between animation gigs .
Pee Wee's New Adventures (Thanks, Andrew128Tou!)


  1. Back in the day, when this was on on Sat, I had to go to martial art classes and I would power up the VCR to enjoy later. I invited some kids from my class, and my friends to watch some toons. (I was going into the 9th grade). I suggested we watch Playhouse and all the kids watched a few minutes in silence. Nobody got it and I was teased for the remainder of the summer and going to a new school. Eventually I noticed that my friends did not read or do much. So now, I ask people about Pee Wee and gauge their answers on if I want to pursue a friendship. Worked for my girlfriend at the time. What, you love Pee Wee’s playhouse? Let’s get married. 20 years later, our daughters love it. HA HA !

  2. Reubens was on Comedy Death Ray Podcast a month or so ago and talked about a new Pee Wee’s Playhouse, IIRC.

    1. Jason, I was there when that podcast recording happened, and Pee Wee (Paul Reubens) was talking about the movie he is working on with Judd Apatow, not a new series. He also mentioned the HBO special of the Broadway show, so that might be what you are thinking of.) You should see the HBO special if you haven’t already.

  3. I would love to see a new version of PeeWee’s Adventures! That was one of the greatest Saturday-morning shows when I was growing up.

    I wonder if the DVD boxed set is still available…?

  4. Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was the hit of my time as an art major. It defined Monday morning conversations in the sculpture studio.

  5. What a great show. I loved it as an adolescent and think it had a ton of great messages about acceptance, enjoying yourself and the world around you, etc. All without hitting you over the head with it. Sigh.

    1. I’ve been a Pee Wee fan ever since the first HBO comedy special. More adult-oriented, and hilariously funny.

      Somehow, the rehash the troupe did recently didn’t seem as great. Of course they were missing Phil Hartman, as well as others, and that seemed to make all the difference.

  6. I prefer the theme music for the TV show to the music for the movie. Let me qualify that. The first part of the TV show theme music is what I liked, before it turned upbeat and Cindy Lauper’s voice kicked in. It had a Martin Denny vibe. Mark Mothersbaugh was the composer, from what I recall.

    1. That was not Cindy Lauper’s voice. It was Mae Questal, the original voice of Betty Boop.

  7. I’m glad people enjoyed the animation, hopefully Pee Wee will consider a new series after a movie. I think having it more adult/teen oriented would be really marketable and could have more of the jokes and feel of the movie and broadway shows.

  8. I will sacrifice my Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle if Pee-wee Herman comes back to television.

  9. @Eye Open Doors: Does that Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle also have a compass in the stock?!!?!!?

    And, yes, as a child of the ’80’s who watched Pee Wee every Saturday morning (when Saturday mornings kicked ass), I would love to see Pee Wee back on television… preferably on Saturday mornings. :D

  10. Loved Saturday mornings with PeeWee! I so totally got it, as did my friends and we were in our early 20’s! Love the character and am overjoyed Paul Reubens has kept the character alive! What true fan boomer wouldn’t watch a new, updated version of this classic. YES CLASSIC!!!!

  11. I watched it as an adult. That show had more ideas per unit volume than anything else I’d ever seen on television.

  12. cue the singing flowers:

    ‘We all love it when it rains
    dripping on our little brains
    people think we are insane
    ’cause we love it when it raaaaaains!”

    Pee Wee: “I love the rain!”

    (I still sing that song with my Mom…)

  13. That’s probably about what would happen with a reboot of the TV series.

    Of course, a movie reboot would turn him into a gun-wielding borderline psychotic, possibly with a drug addiction, fighting a criminal syndicate.

    Actually, I might be willing to see that.

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