The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 19, 2011

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 18, 2011
    Even lensed for TV, the special isn't wholly satisfying, but for anyone who visited "Pee-wee's Playhouse" in the late '80s, the experience is good enough. As for those who might say dismissing the show at that is snobbish, I know you are, but what am I?
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 17, 2011
    It's a happy mix of childlike wonder and mildly adult humor--too mild for "Two and a Half Men," but maybe too adult for Saturday mornings--that allows Reubens to be timeless and yet topical. But again, only mildly so.
  3. 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.
  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: Tanner Stransky
    Mar 17, 2011
    While the acting and jokes are still solid, it's clear this particular iteration was meant for the stage.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 21, 2011
    Without the overwhelming nostalgia for this particular venue for Pee-wee and these supporting characters, I found The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway a long (close to 90 minutes) slog, cute in spots, but mainly just strange--a voyage through the fantasy life of a character I prefer to see fending for himself in a closer approximation of the real world.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 18, 2011
    Although it is 90 minutes long, it feels much longer, and the truly smart laughs are few.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 17, 2011
    To my eyes, in the end, those moments still don't make this show worth an hour and a half of a Saturday night. It just has too many giggly jokes about "toilet water." But if you're among those fans who feared a few years ago you'd lost Pee-wee forever, there's no arguing that you now have him back.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »