The Enduring and Ageless Pee-Wee Herman

Pee-Wee Herman: the hyperactive man child widely popular in the eighties. His popularity included a tv show and two movies. After several attempts at a revival, Paul Reubens is coming back with his character in a new movie titled Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. Why now? What is it about this character that fits into pop culture as we know it today? Is this just an attempt at rehashing an old formula as can often occur with studios or is this a fresh take for a new generation?

  • Been awhile since some conversations about Pee Wee Herman! Good stuff! – Jason052714 8 years ago
  • I have recently started re-watching Pee Wee's Playhouse on Netflix with my child, and am pleasantly surprised at how well it still works today. In some ways it may even be more progressive than today. Eg: Many of the actors are POC without implied stereotype, and traditional gender roles are often flipped too. The character of Pee Wee is enduring, I think, because he is so good and kind, yet still fun and recognizable to kids. A good example without being preachy. Maybe the show doesn't require a "fresh take" to work today. – KimMannix 8 years ago

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