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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 19, 2011
The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway Image

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  • Summary: Pee-Wee is back on TV appearing on a special HBO broadcast of the Broadway show The Pee-Wee Herman Show filmed at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Kids
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 17, 2011
    Reubens is getting a bit old for this, but Pee-wee's innocence, infantilism and camp haven't dated--there's a rebel in the ridiculousness. [21 Mar 2011, p.46]
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 18, 2011
    It's a long pull that can be fun and funny--and more than a wee bit tedious.
  3. Reviewed by: Kris King
    Mar 21, 2011
    The Pee-Wee Herman Show is manic, crazy, and most of all, a whole lot of, ahem, "fun."
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 17, 2011
    It's mildly amusing, but it comes off as an extended appetizer, not a meal.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 17, 2011
    While it seems apparent that seeing the show live would be a hoot, it doesn't translate to television all that well--it just feels shrunken and confined by the medium.
  6. Reviewed by: Tanner Stransky
    Mar 17, 2011
    While the acting and jokes are still solid, it's clear this particular iteration was meant for the stage.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 18, 2011
    For the most part, The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway is stale sugary shtick on a candy-colored set with no new resonance--no undercurrents about childhood, or innocence, or even Pee-wee Herman.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The show is a slight upgrade from the original LA stageshow(and HBO special), with Phil Hartman's Captain Carl character written out. This is definitely a Pee Wee love fest, with a feel of Rocky Horror. And enough winks to 2011 to keep you listening carefully. You know the jokes, you know when to participate and you still love the Luckiest Boy in the World. Turn off your cynicism for a while, bring out your inner child and slide on down to Puppet Town.
  2. Mar 20, 2011
    Although the show becomes a bit tiresome with a 90 minute running time, Reubens' childlike joy is infectious and it is worth watching for fansAlthough the show becomes a bit tiresome with a 90 minute running time, Reubens' childlike joy is infectious and it is worth watching for fans of the series.

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