One of the ‘Top 10 Cult TV Classics’ Returns to TV — And Launches With a Marathon

Nov 15, 2018  •  Post A Comment

If you remember a certain Saturday morning series, you will probably want to tune in Thursday, Nov. 22, starting at 6 a.m. for IFC’s marathon launch of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

The 24-hour Thanksgiving marathon kicks off the cable channel’s run of the series, with shows from the original five-season run of “Playhouse” on CBS to be televised weekly on Saturdays on IFC.

Naturally, the marathon will include the iconic holiday special “Christmas at Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” Following the marathon the show will settle in on Saturday mornings beginning Nov. 24.

“For over 30 years, the enormously popular Pee-wee Herman and innovative television series ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,’ created by and starring Paul Reubens, has captured a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers, young and old,” IFC said in announcing the launch. “Since its initial premiere on CBS in 1986, this multiple Emmy-winning children’s program became Saturday morning appointment viewing for kids in the ’80s and ’90s and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist ever since. TV Guide named ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ ‘one of the top ten cult television classics of all time.'”

The announcement adds: “‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ is an educational, artistic and entertaining show that teaches kids strong ‘life lessons.’ With its innovative production design and brimming with Reubens’ rich original characters and humor, ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ is a magical place that sparks creativity and imagination — and brings joy to children and adults alike. Parents and grown-ups have always enjoyed the show’s many double entendres.”

Series regulars include Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Reba the Mail Lady (S. Epatha Merkerson), Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart), Captain Carl (Phil Hartman), The King of Cartoons (William Marshall), Jambi the Genie (John Paragon), Ricardo (Vic Trevino) and Mrs. Rene (Suzanne Kent). And of course, Chairry, Pterri, Conky, Magic Screen, Clocky, Cool Cat, Dirty Dog, Chicky Baby, Penny, the Dinosaur family, and the rest of the gang.



  1. Classic TV show? I thought they were talking about Simon & Simon.

  2. Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman created a character and a weekly program for kids, that parents could sit and watch with their kids, with the same level of enjoyment. That is a classic program by any measurement.

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