Stars: Paul Reubens, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurence Fishburne
Ostensibly a children’s show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse has enjoyed an equal child and adult audience since its original run during the late ‘80s. The show follows manchild Pee Wee (Paul Reubens), who hangs out in his playhouse with a bevy of puppet characters, including a baby Pteranodon named Pterri and a genie named Jambi. Human characters also visit Pee Wee, including Cowboy Curtis, played by Laurence Fishburne(!). The show combines animated sequences, surreal humor, and fun running gags, such as Pee Wee urging the viewers to scream whenever someone says the “secret word.” Pee Wee’s Playhouse is a strange show that appeals to both kids and adults, thanks to its inventive production design, as well as Paul Reubens’ charming performance, which has rightfully made Pee Wee a pop culture icon.