Pee Wee is coming back

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After 15 years, the world will again peek into Pee-wee's Playhouse

The comedy-variety show, starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, will air on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim at 11 p.m., starting July 10. The network has purchased rights to all 45 episodes of the bizarre show chronicling the misadventures of the man-child Herman.

"I'd say this was a dream come true, but I never dared to dream the Playhouse would join Adult Swim's amazing lineup of cool shows!" Reubens said. "Well, maybe I did dream of it a couple of times. OK, it's a dream come true!"

"We're all huge fans of Pee-wee's Playhouse and we're really happy that it will be a part of Adult Swim," said Mike Lazzo, Cartoon Network senior vice president of programming and production.

Pee-wee Herman was created by Ruebens in the 1970s, when Ruebens was a member of the comedy troupe The Groundlings. Herman eventually became a huge hit in the Los Angeles comedy scene, selling out five months of shows. The first The Pee-wee Herman Show was adult themed and aired on HBO. It starred future Playhouse regulars Laurence Fishburne, S. Epatha Merkerson, Natasha Lyonne, and the late Saturday Night Live great Phil Hartman.

The Pee-wee character became a pop-culture favorite in the 1980s, starring in two movies, one directed by Tim Burton; the Playhouse TV series; and selling countless lunchboxes, toys, and other Pee-wee related merchandise. In 1991, Ruebens was busted by Florida vice cops after exposing himself in a porn theater in Sarasota, and his career as a kid's hero was abruptly ended.

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