Pee Wee is coming back

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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Good for Pee Wee. (Paul Reubens) So what if he was caught in an adult theater, watching porn and doing something. He is a guy??? Dont all guys from age 13 - 99 do that? The police have never better to do, that spend money and bust an adult video store? Why are they not stopping drug pushers selling drugs to kids, or catch people that break into peoples homes. It nice to see he has bounced back, it must of been a terrible time for him and his family.

I will watch his new show
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Great for people who get Cartoon Network. Not so great for people all the way in Australia stuck with free to air TV! I wish the mainstream would embrace Pee Wee again... he's the total **** and it's a shame the public abandoned him for one silly misdemeanour.
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I'll be happy to see this come back because I used to watch it from time to time. I caught an episode last night in fact. :)
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I used to watch this show with my dad and brothers when I was little. It's definitely the best show I've ever seen that was aimed at little kids.
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This is my first time watching it! It's so stupid, but very interesting. I'd give it about an eight. This show is just so funny!
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hey i've never seen this show...maybe because i was like 1 when it stopped airing but i guess it's cool that it's back on the air...i'm watching the first movie onTVLAND right now..i did some info check on the show/movie/actor and i was surprised by the illfated end to Pee-Wee. That is funny...caught for masturbating!...lol...but what else are you gonna do in a porno theatre right? oh well i guess i'll give the show a try since the movie's hella funny.
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Personally, I think it actually does make sense for adult swim to have this show. It has tons of animation, it's bizarre, its a cult favorite, and lots of teens and adults love this show. It's perfect for the adult swim audience.
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Paul had it bad. He was in a adult movie theater. That is what you do in a place like that. Oh well he's couming back now.
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OMG I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Excited! Pee Wee was my childhood crush! I loved the show! Yea that is embarassing, but right now I don't really care!! I'm So glad I have TIVO!
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I agree with allsummerlong on the theatre thing. But I am sooo stinkin' happy that this show is coming back. Thank you so much, Andy Kaufman, for one of the most messed up shows ever shown on television. But what was up with the episode where Pee-Wee married the fruit salad? Poor thing... Besides, this actually might be a trainwreck again. YAY! You said the secret word! TRAINWRECK! Yay! I remember when he made French Toast... All he did was stick a piece of bread on the stove and spoke in a french accent when eating it... Good times, good times.
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can't wait
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2 words..

THANK GOD
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At least it has animated segments, so it's more arguable.

Remember when this was shown back on the Family Channel in 1998?
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Great. That is all Adult Swim needs. But I am So Watching! But Saved by the Bell was not needed.
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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.

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, thats hilarious.
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I will watch this. I loved that show as a kid!
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I will definitely be watching this. Great show, and I don't care whether it makes sense or not for them to have it.
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I'm so glad that he coming back to TV. I remember when I was a kid I would get up really really early like to watch that show. I have such fond memories of it. It's too bad that I don't have cable. Darn!
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To me, that is shocking. Because Pee-wee looks very scary. I did like it though, I watched it as a little kid. But now , I guess I grew out of it.
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Adult swim's losing it! Someone help them!First saved by the bell now this?
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This show kicked all sorts of ass when I was a little kid, but I rented some episodes not long ago and I have to say the "coolness" factor wasn't quite as strong now that I'm older. But I'm glad it's back on the air.
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Big deal. I wasn't a fan of him when he was popular and I'm not a fan of his now.
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That is so funny. Honestly, yesterday I was randomly thinking about this show and if they would ever air it again. that's really weird!
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YAY!
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Does that mean new eps are coming any time soon?
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Don't forget, unlike "Saved by the Bell", there really IS animation in every episode of "Pee Wee's Playhouse". I love the "King of Cartoons" and Penneye's cartoons. Plus all the animatronic living room furniture. I plan on watching and feeling like a kid again. If they have to go with a live show this is a great choice; and I still say it is and contains cartoons.
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i LOVE pee wee! yay!
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There were only 45 episodes? Might have to tune in and check these out again.
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Actually , the reason why they have it in Adult Swim was because there was hidden jokes that are for adults.
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noooo adult swim is wasting air time for this i liked it when i was a kid but not now
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*Throws self off cliff*
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Adult swim Deserves the shows I mentioned on my previous post just to clear. Pee-wee's playhouse should not be nor saved by the bell should be on it.
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it maybe great.. for youngsters but correct me if I'm wrong Adult Swim means Adult Swim No kiddy shows. Aloud and pee-wee-herman is the definition of "kiddy". shows like FMA Full Metal Panic (all series of FMP Including fumoffu)heck I would love to see getbacks or Gantz on Elfen lied on it and Unsensored Compared to Saved by the bell and The playhouse. Sorry for the rant but's it's true
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This was one of the greatest shows on television; I remember getting up on Saturday's to watch this after partying all night on Friday, it was so worth it. Could care less about his personal life, he's entertaining.
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Still think he earned an unfair rap.......I mean, you're at a porn theater and you're not supposed to .....
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