List of Pee-wee's Playhouse episodes

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This is the complete episode list for Pee-wee's Playhouse. A total of 45 half-hour episodes including 1 primetime special were recorded for CBS from 1986 until 1990.

Season 3 only had two episodes, plus the primetime Christmas special, due to production being halted by the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike and also by the production of Big Top Pee-wee.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1986)[edit]

All episodes during this season were directed by Stephen R. Johnson and were written by George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens, Max Robert, and Michael Varhol.

01. "Ice Cream Soup" (101)
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired September 13, 1986
  • Secret Word: Door

02. "Luau for Two" (102)
Music composed by: Todd Rundgren

  • Originally aired September 20, 1986
  • Secret Word: Fun

03. "Rainy Day" (103)
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired September 27, 1986
  • Secret Word: Help

04. "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" (104)
Music composed by: Mitch Froom

  • Originally aired October 4, 1986
  • Secret Word: Little

05. "Just Another Day" (105)
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired October 11, 1986
  • Secret Word: Back

06. "Beauty Makeover" (106)
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired October 18, 1986
  • Secret Word: Time

07. "The Restaurant" (107)
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired October 25, 1986
  • Secret Word: Day

08. "Ants in Your Pants" (108)
Music composed by: Todd Rundgren

  • Originally aired November 1, 1986
  • Secret Word: What

09. "Monster in the Playhouse" (109)
Music composed by: Danny Elfman

  • Originally aired November 8, 1986
  • Secret Word: Look

10. "The Cowboy and the Cowntess" (110)
Music composed by: Danny Elfman

  • Originally aired November 15, 1986
  • Secret Word: Good

11. "Stolen Apples" (111)
Music composed by: Todd Rundgren

  • Originally aired November 22, 1986
  • Secret Word: There

12. "The Gang's All Here" (112)
Music composed by: Jay Cotton

  • Originally aired November 29, 1986
  • Secret Word: Okay

13. "Party" (113)
Music composed by: Todd Rundgren

  • Originally aired December 6, 1986
  • Secret Word: This

Season 2 (1987)[edit]

All episodes during this season were written by George McGrath, Paul Reubens, and Max Robert. The first episode of this season was directed by Guy Louthan & Paul Reubens, but Louthan was replaced by Wayne Orr, who directed the rest of the episodes with Reubens, until the Christmas Special in 1988.

14. "Open House" (201)
Music composed by: The Residents

  • Originally aired September 19, 1987
  • Secret Word: House (though "Playhouse" also counted).

15. "Puppy in the Playhouse" (202)
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired September 26, 1987
  • Secret Word: Over

16. "Store" (203)
Music composed by: Danny Elfman

  • Originally aired October 3, 1987
  • Secret Word: More

17. "Pee-wee Catches a Cold" (204)
Music composed by: Danny Elfman

  • Originally aired October 10, 1987
  • Secret Word: Out

18. "Why Wasn't I Invited?" (205)
Music composed by: Cliff Martinez
Nothing bugs Pee-wee's flowers more than having a caterpillar in their flower box until Magic Screen shows how a caterpillar can turn itself into a beautiful butterfly. The caterpillar's not the only uninvited creature around when Cowntess has a birthday party and invites practically "all" of Puppetland except Pee-wee! Is she mad at him or just being moody?

  • Originally aired October 17, 1987
  • Secret Word: All

19. "Tons of Fun" (206)
Music composed by: Jeff Baxter

  • Originally aired October 24, 1987
  • Secret Word: Cool

20. "School" (207)
Music composed by: Glenn Jordan

  • Originally aired October 31, 1987
  • Secret Word: Easy

21. "Spring" (208)
Music composed by: Stanley Clarke

  • Originally aired November 7, 1987
  • Secret Word: Begin

22. "Playhouse in Outer Space" (209)
Music composed by: The Residents

  • Originally aired November 14, 1987
  • Secret Word: Zyzzybalubah

23. "Pajama Party" (210)
Music composed by: The Residents

  • Originally aired November 21, 1987
  • Secret Word: Watch

Season 3 (1988)[edit]

Season 3 only had two episodes, plus the Christmas special, due to production being halted by the 1988 Writers Guild of America Strike. John Paragon wrote both episodes from this season, and together with Paul Reubens, wrote the Christmas Special.

24. "Reba Eats and Pterri Runs" (301)
Music composed by: Dweezil Zappa & Scott Thunes

  • Originally aired September 17, 1988
  • Secret Word: Now

25. "To Tell the Tooth" (302)
Music composed by: The Residents

  • Originally aired September 24, 1988
  • Secret Word: It
  • Charles Randazzo, Peter W. Moyer, David Pincus and Steve Purcell won the 1989 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Videotape Editing" for this episode. Yolanda Toussieng and Jerry Masone won the 1989 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling" for this episode.

Primetime Special: "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special"
Music composed by: Van Dyke Parks

  • Broadcast: 12/21/88
  • Secret Word: Year

Season 4 (1989)[edit]

All of the final two seasons were directed by John Paragon & Paul Reubens.

26. "Dr. Pee-wee and the Del Rubios" (401)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Dweezil Zappa & Scott Thunes

  • Originally aired September 16, 1989
  • Secret Word: Well

27. "Fire in the Playhouse" (402)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Dweezil Zappa & Scott Thunes

  • Originally aired September 23, 1989
  • Secret Word: One

28. "Love that Story" (403)
Written by: Max Robert
Music composed by: Mark Snow

  • Originally aired September 30, 1989
  • Secret Word: End

29. "Sick? Did Somebody Say Sick?" (404)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Mark Snow

  • Originally aired October 7, 1989
  • Secret Word: Go
  • The guest appearance of Bernard Fox, who plays Dr. Jinga-Janga, the "wish doctor," is both a spoof and an homage to his most famous television role, Dr. Bombay, the warlock physician ("witch doctor") that was a recurring character on the classic sitcom Bewitched.

30. "Miss Yvonne's Visit" (405)
Written by: Doug Cox & John Moody
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired October 14, 1989
  • Secret Word: Nice

31. "Rebarella" (406)
Written by: Lynne Marie Stewart & Mimi Pond
Music composed by: Bruce Roberts & Jonathan Sheffer

  • Originally aired October 21, 1989
  • Secret Word: Stop

32. "Heat Wave" (407)
Written by: Rob Bragin
Music composed by: Mark Snow

  • Originally aired October 28, 1989
  • Secret Word: Hear and Here

33. "Chairry-Tee Drive" (408)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Jay Cotton

  • Originally aired November 4, 1989
  • Secret Word: Wait

34. "Let's Play Office" (409)
Written by: John Paragon & Lynne Marie Stewart
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired November 11, 1989
  • Secret Word: That

35. "I Remember Curtis" (410)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired November 18, 1989
  • Secret Word: Remember
  • This episode was a clip show. Clips from the following episodes were used:
    • Rainy Day
    • Store
    • Pajama Party
    • The Cowboy and the Cowntess

Season 5 (1990)[edit]

36. "Conky's Breakdown" (501)
Written by: John Moody & Doug Cox
Music composed by: Mark Snow

  • Originally aired September 15, 1990
  • Secret Word: Great

37. "Mystery" (502)
Written by: David Cohen & S.H. Schulman
Music composed by: Bruce Roberts & Jonathan Sheffer

  • Originally aired September 22, 1990
  • Secret Word: Around

38. "Front Page Pee-wee" (503)
Written by: John Moody & Doug Cox
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh & The Residents

  • Originally aired September 29, 1990
  • Secret Word: How

39. "Tango Time" (504)
Written by: David Cohen & S.H. Schulman
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired October 6, 1990
  • Secret Word: Fast

40. "Playhouse Day" (505)
Written by: Rob Bragin
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh & George Clinton

  • Originally aired October 13, 1990
  • Secret Word: Thing
  • Featured Cartoon: Fin 'n Catty (1943).

41. "Accidental Playhouse" (506)
Written by: John Moody & Doug Cox
Music composed by: Ron Grant

  • Originally aired October 20, 1990
  • Secret Word: Place

42. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (507)
Written by: Max Robert
Music composed by: Tom Snow

  • Originally aired October 27, 1990
  • Secret Word: On (though initially mistaken by Pee-wee as "No")

43. "Camping Out" (508)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Mark Snow

  • Originally aired November 3, 1990
  • Secret Word: Show

44. "Something to Do" (509)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Dweezil Zappa & Scott Thunes

  • Originally aired November 10, 1990
  • Secret Word: Do

45. "Playhouse for Sale" (510)
Written by: John Paragon
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh

  • Originally aired November 17, 1990
  • Secret Word: Word

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