Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 12/21/88
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  • Episode Description
  • It's the wildest holiday ever when some V.I.P.'s (Very Important Persons) stop by to wish Pee-wee a V.M.C. (Very Merry Christmas)! Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon are off the beach and on Pee-wee's floor making Christmas cards, Magic Johnson joins Pee-wee for a wild sleigh ride in the Magic Screen, and Dinah Shore sings the "12 Days (or so) of Christmas!" Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg wish Pee-wee a merry Christmas and a happy new "year." Pee-wee shows Little Richard how to ice skate, and Charo, K.D. Lang, the Del Rubio triplets, and Grace Jones perform fun yuletide carols! However, Pee-wee's got a problem larger than his mounting fruitcake collection when perhaps the M.I.P. (Most Important Person), Santa Claus, drops by to tell him that his Christmas wish list is just too long, and no one else will get presents if he doesn't shorten it! Will he keep the gifts, or will he help Santa deliver?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Paragon

  • Paul Reubens

  • Wayne Orr

  • Alison Mork

    Chairry, Chicky Baby, Magic Screen

  • George McGrath

    Cowntess, Fish, Flower, Globey

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • This is a very special episode.

    By Aquabfan, Mar 01, 2008

  • Get ready to celebrate the holidays with Pee-wee Herman and the gang! His Christmas Special rules for this time of year!

    By markdoublea84, Dec 22, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Reba: (Looks at Pee-wee's Christmas list) Pee-wee, how's Santa supposed to get everything down that little chimney? Pee-wee: I've already thought of it. I'm having the chimney expanded.

    • Cowboy Curtis: Y'know, Pee-wee, they say if ya stare at a snowman long enough, he'll come to life. (he and Pee-wee stare at the snowman, and the snowman stares at them) Snowman: Why don'tcha take a picture?! It'll last longer!

    • Pee-wee: It's snowing! It's snowing! (he runs outside, leaving Frankie and Annette behind) Frankie: Yeah, but...! Pee-wee: (ignores them; outside) Snow! Snow! Snow! (laughs) AAGH! Yellow snow!

    • Pee-wee: Sleigh bells! I hear reindeer on the roof! Do you know what that means? Reba: You've had too much egg nog. Pee-wee: No, no! It means get out the milk and cookies! Hurry!

    Notes (4)

    • Featured Cartoon: Christmas Comes but Once a Year (1936)

    • The special was divided into two shows, and several parts were cut, during Fox Family airings.

    • This special originally aired in prime time on a Wednesday night.

    • This is the only episode in which the secret word is not revealed in the beginning.

    Trivia (5)

    • Blooper: Pee-wee took two calls, where each time he pulled down a background poster. The second time he took a call, and he pulled down the background poster, the picture is different than the first call.

    • The secret word is said and screamed at six times.

    • K.D. lang sings "Jingle Bell Rock", originally sung by Bobby Helms, and Charo sings "Feliz Navidad", originally sung by Jose Feliciano.

    • Joan Rivers is seen on the set of the '80s version of The Hollywood Squares.

    • The movie Road to Morocco (1942) is mentioned in the Penny cartoon.

    Allusions (1)

    • Pee-wee: All the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and I hope everything on my list will be there. This line Pee-wee says while hanging up the stockings is a reference to the story The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore.

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