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The Pee-Wee Herman Episode That Upset Fans (And Got Censored)

The Pee-Wee Herman Episode That Upset Fans (And Got Censored)

The line involved a fire breaking out in the Playhouse and something one of the recurring characters said to a fireman. It’s pretty mild now, and, frankly, barely registered as “inappropriate” even back then. Reubens explained in the video:

“The only thing they asked me to do is, we had an episode — ‘Fire in the Playhouse’ episode, and Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart) says to the firefighter — he says ‘You should have a smoke detector in every room.’ And she says, ‘I have a smoke detector in my bedroom over the bed.’ [laughter] 

There is always that one person who spoils everything, but when a show is as beloved as “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” still is, the unmatched dialogue/lip movement sort of adds to its charm. The series won a whopping 15 Emmy Awards over its four-season run. It’s definitely worth a rewatch in honor of Paul Reubens (rest in peace).

“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” is currently available for purchase on Apple TV.

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