Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Each year one of my recent Christmas traditions has been watching the insanely satisfying Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special. Having aired only once, the DVD captures all the magic of Paul Reubens crazy, kooky world frozen in time. Packed with a guest list that would impress even the most jaded queen in 1988, Pee-Wee’s Christmas features Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cher, the Del Rubio Triplets, Whoopi Goldberg, Grace Jones, Magic Johnson, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Charo, k.d. lang, Little Richard, Joan Rivers, Dinah Shore, and Oprah Winfrey. Honestly, this is the holy grail of guest star lists. Along with series cast regulars including S. Epatha Merkerson, Lynne Marie Stewart, Gilbert Lewis, Suzanne Kent, Laurence Fishburne, and Vic Trevino, it’s hard to imagine how they pack all these people into 49 minutes. Then you watch this opening number below and realize the energy of Pee-Wee could support a hundred guest stars. So sweet, so innocent, so inside joke, so alternative, so edgy, so classic. And he even manages to mention Christianity and Judaism without being preachy or disrespectful. Top that off with a multicultural cast and you’ve got one of the most diverse mainstream holiday specials ever produced. Be prepared to be amazed and laugh your way through an hour of the craziest Christmas special ever created! A 5 out of 5. Merry Christmas everyone indeed.

Watch the opening sequence below:


One Response to “Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special”

  1. Mark Says:

    Omg it’s amazing I just discovered it this year – I walked into Eastern Bloc and they were showing it – everyone was transfixed! Brilliant !!!


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