‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ Ended 30 Years Ago: 8 Stars Who Appeared
Shhh… Pee-wee’s secret word is “anniversary.”
The exuberant CBS kids’ show Pee-wee’s Playhouse ended 30 years ago, capping off a five-season run on November 17, 1990. Paul Reubens’ bow-tied man-child wouldn’t be seen again for two decades. (The cult-favorite character came back in a big way, though, landing a 2011 HBO special and a 2016 Netflix film.)
With all the time that’s passed, you might not remember the big-name stars who joined Pee-wee, Chairry, Conky, Jambi, the Magic Screen and the rest of the Playhouse gang on the madcap ’80s-era series. Scroll down to check out some notable alums.
S. Epatha Merkerson
Before she was Lt. Anita Van Buren on Law & Order, Merkerson was the perpetually bemused mail carrier, Reba.
The late Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio star helped Reubens develop the Pee-wee character during their time in the Los Angeles comedy troupe The Groundlings, and Hartman later appeared on the show as the unkempt Captain Carl.
The Season 10 winner of The Voice — a former child star — was part of the Playhouse Gang in the series’ sophomore round.