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YMMV: Pee-Wee's Playhouse
  • Awesome Music: Mark Mothersbaugh (who did music for the Klasky-Csupo cartoons on Nickelodeon, particularly Rugrats), Todd Rundgren, Danny Elfman (who worked on music for The Simpsons in its early years), The Residents, Dweezil Zappa, George Clinton, and Van Dyke Parks provided music for the show, while K.D. Lang, Little Richard, and Grace Jones sang in the Christmas special.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When someone says the secret word, EVERYBODY SCREAM!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Ice Cream Soup," Captain Carl is lost at sea, prompting Conky and Magic Screen to help him. They eerily foreshadow a modern car's GPS unit in the process—Conky explicitly uses a "satellite tracking device!"
  • Ho Yay: All over, but particularly Jambi, who John Paragon said he played as a "dishy gay man."
  • Nightmare Fuel: If you caught it on [adult swim], you might find it less pleasant than expected.
    • Pee-wee got his very own talking doll when the show was in its heyday. It wasn't the usual Creepy Doll, but it took a turn for the worse when you pulled the string: his trademark scream was rendered as the doll roaring at you.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis. You'll never look at The Matrix the same way again.
  • Special Effect Failure: The show had some very painful Chroma Key throughout its run. It's most obvious in "Luau for Two," when Pee-Wee does a limbo move—he literally becomes a 2-dimensional figure!
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Wayne White, who helped create the set and several puppets and provided the voice and puppeteering for Randy (who he also made) admitted that marijuana was a big part of the creative process for the show, though the show's aesthetic is supposed to be based on live-action 1950s kids' shows with bright colors and loud, energetic hosts.

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