• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 19, 2011
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. Mar 20, 2011
    7
    Although 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.
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 21, 2011
    40
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 21, 2011
    70
    Pee-wee was always a boy-man, but Reubens is pushing 60; when he is flying through the air singing "I'm the luckiest boy in the world" the words "Sunset Boulevard" do come unfortunately to mind. Still, fans of Pee-wee will no doubt delight in a return to those strange and halcyon days before the Wiggles and Blues Clues took over the world, when Barney was still Fred Flintstone's sidekick and not a purple dinosaur and Pee-wee's multi-generational appeal was subversive and unique.
  3. Reviewed by: Kris King
    Mar 21, 2011
    75
    The Pee-Wee Herman Show is manic, crazy, and most of all, a whole lot of, ahem, "fun."