The BEST Episodes of Pee-wee's Playhouse
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020
Each show, Pee-wee Herman comes to his wonderful playhouse where anything can happen. Whether it be screaming at the secret word, entertaining friends like Cowboy Curtis and Ms. Yvonne, or enjoying animation clips presented by the King of Cartoons or the stories of the claymation girl, Penny; there's always lots of fun things to do.
#1 - Mystery
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1990
Everyone better start looking "around" because some of Pee-Wee's favorite possessions are missing! When Miss Yvonne offers to take his suits to the cleaners, Pee-Wee can't find them. Soon, he discovers that his spoon, cereal bowl, and even his connect-the-dots are gone! When the culprit is revealed, Pee-Wee discovers more than just his treasured possessions; he discovers a new friend and a valuable lesson about being yourself!
#2 - Playhouse For Sale
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 1990
Miss Yvonne pays a visit to the Playhouse, yet Pee-wee is nowhere to be found. Miss Yvonne finds, instead, the words "For Sale" in front of the Playhouse abode. Shocked and confused, Miss Yvonne and everyone else try to remember all the better times that the Playhouse has gone through. Watch for today's secret "word." However, when Pee-Wee arrived to the playhouse about the "For Sale". But Pee-Wee realized that he is NOT selling the playhouse and has another sign that reads "LEMONADE". So the sign would had said. "Lemonade For Sale".
#3 - Rainy Day
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1986
It's a rainy day outside, and Pee-wee does many things for the rest of the day: fly paper airplanes, get a call from Miss Yvonne (who won't make it due to the weather), build an indoor campfire, and tell a ghost story. Later, he gets bored and has Playhouse fever! Randy tries to cheer him up by letting him call strangers - such as a housewife who grows angry when Randy plays a prank phone call on her. Pee-wee then calls the same person whose husband turns out to be a police officer. The husband threatens to take Pee-wee in, but he lets him go after he learns his lesson. Now, Pee-wee's only hope for "help" is Jambi.
#4 - Fire In the Playhouse
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1989
When Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne decide to bake bread to make peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches for snack time, Randy decides to break the rules and change the temperature on Miss Yvonne's baking bread to 700 degrees! Though Pee-wee's been dreaming of Miss Yvonne, she develops a sizzling crush on the four-alarm Fireman Frank when he arrives to share the cold hard facts of fire safety! Listen for the secret word, - you know the "one" - and you'll have a red-hot time.
#5 - Love That Story
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1989
What's your favorite story? You're sure to hear it when Pee-wee and the gang start telling tales! Pee-wee and Ricardo put a new spin on The Nutcracker, Miss Yvonne tells a wild story in hula, and, when Magic Screen gives Pee-wee magic beans, they lead him into a giant adventure! Miss Yvonne's delicious storybook recipes and the secret word "end" up the fun.
#6 - Playhouse In Outer Space
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 14, 1987
Aaaaugh! The secret word is "zyzzybalubah," and that can only mean one thing! The entire Playhouse, including Reba, is sucked into space, transported to a strange planet, and taken over by an odd, lonely alien! Yvona, an alien from the planet, is trying to escape the unfriendly Zyzzybalubah, but Pee-wee teaches him how to be polite and make friends. Reba teaches Pee-wee how to whistle, and she sings a song.
#7 - Pajama Party
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 1987
Guess who's having a pajama-party sleepover? That's right, it's Pee-wee along with his co-hostess, "the most beautiful woman in Puppetland," Miss Yvonne! Jambi's got a head for pajama fashion when he gives Cowboy Curtis a Wild-West pair of P.J.s! Wacky Roger, the Monster, keeps an eye on things as Pee-wee decides that, since he loves his fruit salad so much, he's going to marry it! "Watch" for the secret word!
#8 - Reba Eats and Pterri Runs
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1988
Pee-wee wants a letter mailed, so he asks Jambi to make Reba appear at the Playhouse. This makes Reba mad because it's her day off. Pee-wee convinces her to stay for an imaginary breakfast of oatmeal and potatoes. Meanwhile, Pterri disappears when Pee-wee sends him to his nest for being naughty. The Playhouse gang blames themselves for Pterri's punishment until Pterri comes back - from hiding underneath the bed! Watch, "now," and you'll have a "Pterri-fic" time!
#9 - Beauty Makeover
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1986
Miss Yvonne is willing to give a beauty makeover to the next person who steps into the playhouse, and it ends up being Mrs. Steve! Then, the Cowntess has a tea party. You'll have the "time" of your life!
#10 - Open House
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1987
Today in the "Playhouse," Pee-wee tricks his friends into doing all of his chores by pretending that work is fun. The gang meets some new friends while renovating the "house." Reba arrives in time to deliver Clocky while the Playhouse gang uncovers Floory and meets Mrs. Rene for the first time.
#11 - Why Wasn't I Invited?
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 17, 1987
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?
#12 - Luau for Two
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1986
It's no secret that today's secret word is "fun," 'cause Pee Wee just won a dinner for two at a Hawaiian restaurant! The question is -- who's he gonna take? The whole gang, including Captain Carl and Miss Yvonne, "lei"s on the guilt for poor Pee Wee. Even Cowntess the cow has bought a new Moo-Moo! What's Pee Wee to do? Throw his own wild luau, that's what -- and invite the entire Playhouse!
#13 - To Tell the Tooth
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1988
Pee-wee has to eat his words when he tells the gang how important dental hygiene is and, then, develops an ow-some toothache! Since Jambi is taking a head-turning vacation at Mount Rushmore, Pee-Wee is forced to face his greatest fear - the dentist! He's so afraid, it'll take Miss Yvonne's coaxing just to get him to go. When he finally does make "it," Pee-wee learns that visiting the dentist is nothing to grit his teeth over and can actually be fun.
#14 - Conky's Breakdown
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1990
When Pee-wee's robot, Conky 2000, breaks down, the Playhouse gang suddenly doesn't feel so "great." When Pee-wee tries to fix the sick robot, Conky winds up in a million pieces! What'll Pee-wee do, now? Call the Authorized Conky Repairman - that's what. Will the repairman be able to fix their pal, or will lovelorn Miss Yvonne wrench him away first?
#15 - Ice Cream Soup
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1986
In this very first Playhouse episode, Pee Wee's friends, including Cowboy Curtis and Miss Yvonne, are introduced when they come over to swim in the pool. Captain Carl would be there too... if he weren't lost! When he calls in a mayday, it takes Conky and Globey to locate him and guide him to the delicious Sandwich Islands. Speaking of delicious, Pee Wee makes Ice cream Soup for the gang when rain drives them back through the Playhouse "door".
#16 - Pee-wee Catches A Cold
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 1987
Today the secret word is "out," but Pee-wee is stuck in when he overdoes it and comes down with a cold! It's lovely Nurse Yvonne and ultra-health conscious Ricardo to the rescue with some good advice and chicken soup for their sick and cranky friend. In no time, Pee-wee's back to his old self again to join in the Playhouse fun.
#17 - The Cowboy and the Cowntess
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 15, 1986
The fabulous Miss Yvonne just asked Cowboy Curtis out for a date -- and now he's as nervous as a prairie critter who's just been...um, asked out for a date by Miss Yvonne! To calm Curtis down, Cowntess the Cow suggests a little "date" role-playing -- and suddenly Curtis finds himself with "the most beautiful woman in Puppetland" -- Pee Wee? "Remember" the secret word and you'll have a "good" time!
#18 - Dr. Pee-wee and the Del Rubios
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 1989
When Reba isn't feeling too "well," Pee-wee tells her to be patient because he's going to be her doctor. With the help of Chandelier, Magic Screen, and Pterri, Pee-wee takes an X-ray and her temperature before removing a splinter from her finger! Then, the Del Rubio Triplets stop by but not for long because their "Boots Are Made For Walkin'!"
#19 - Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1986
Today's secret word is really "little," but the gangs' eyes get really big when Pee-wee puts on a magic show and disappears! Captain Carl, Cowboy Curtis, Miss Yvonne, and the gang are amazed as Pee-wee makes use of his new talent at their expense, but when their hidden host can't make himself reappear, it'll take Jambi's magic to set things right!
#20 - Restaurant
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 25, 1986
Pee-wee is the maitre d', waiter and cashier while playing restaurant. Customer Captain Carl orders everything on the menu only to learn that all they have are peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches! Also, Dixie is having a particularly bad "day."
#21 - Stolen Apples
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 22, 1986
Randy steals Mrs. Steve's crummy crab apples from her tree, and Mrs. Steve needs Pee-wee's help in finding him. Then, Pee-wee plays the hands game with Tito, and "there" are enough apples for everyone at snack time.
#22 - Store
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1987
Pee-wee and Cowboy Curtis take a leap into Magic Screen where they enjoy some mighty fine handcart ridin' until a train chases them back into the waiting arms of Chairry! Then, Cowboy Curtis sings a song with "more" of the secret word in it than you could scream at. Finally, Cowboy Curtis and Miss Yvonne go shopping at Pee-wee's "department store" where they decide to buy Chairry!
#23 - Party
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 6, 1986
It's party time at the Playhouse and you're invited! The whole gang is here: Cowboy Curtis, Captain Carl, Reba the Mail Lady and the lovely Miss Yvonne! You'll want to join in the Hokey-Pokey, yell when you hear the secret word ("this") and play pin the tail on the...Globey.
#24 - Puppy In The Playhouse
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1987
Cowntess, just back from a world cruise, is showing some of her home movies from the trip. Globey teaches Pee-wee how to say "hello, my name is Pee-wee" in French and Chinese! When a lost puppy appears at the Playhouse door, no one can figure out who the owner is. Pee-wee develops a strong case of puppy love and decides to keep him and name him Aloysius. However, Reba comes "over," and it's obvious just whose dog it is.
#25 - Monster In The Playhouse
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 1986
"Look" out because Mrs. Steve reports that there is a giant, one-eyed monster in town! He appears in the Playhouse, on the loose, and scares everyone! After Pee-wee makes the monster a snack, and Jambi grants Pee-wee's wish to understand the monster, the whole gang has a new friend! They even play a game of golf.