Pee-Wee's Playhouse was one of my absolute favorite shows as a kid; my brother and I used to watch it religiously on Saturday mornings. Apparently the show that I thought of as just plain awesome silliness was also a critical success, winning 17 Emmys in a 5 season run. Take a look at the Wikipedia page; it's quite riveting, with quotes like this:
As soon as it first aired, Pee-wee's Playhouse fascinated media theorists and commentators, many of whom championed the show as a postmodernist hodgepodge of characters and situations which appeared to soar in the face of domineering racist and sexist presumptions.Who knew I was ingesting such high-minded ideals along with my Saturday morning cereal? But looking back, it was really the aesthetics of the show that appealed to me. Interestingly, Paul Reubens (actor and creator of the Pee-Wee character) was hugely inspired by the 1950s TV of his childhood.
And no character was more alluring and captivating to me than Miss Yvonne, played by Lynne Stewart (who is also in the Broadway cast! Squeal!). I thought she was easily the most beautiful woman in the world, and her dresses were pure eye candy.
entire series on DVD so I can admire all of her dresses in succession!