- Title: Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
- Author: Caseen Gaines
- ISBN: 9781550229981
- Page: 260
- Format: Paperback
Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Peewee s Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful children s program broadcast on CBS Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind the scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it Complete with an episode guide, biographical information about theBetween 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Peewee s Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful children s program broadcast on CBS Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind the scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it Complete with an episode guide, biographical information about the cast and key members of the show s creative team, never before told anecdotes, and previously unpublished photos, Inside Pee wee s Playhouse takes the first in depth look behind the program TV Guide recently cited as one of the top ten cult classics of all time Paul Reubens as Pee wee Herman has been making a comeback since August 2010, appearing on Saturday Night Live, The View, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno He starred in a successful stage revival of his live show in January and February of 2010, and it hit Broadway later that year It s been turned into a special on HBO His public Twitter and Facebook accounts boast over one million fans and followers Inside Pee wee s Playhouse is the first comprehensive look at this amazingly successful and still revered children s program Pee wee Herman fans have been energized recently by the character s reemerging presence From casual fans to devout followers, everyone will be interested in taking a look Inside Pee wee s Playhouse.
Recent Comments "Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon"
Not as engaging I was hoping. I imagine this is more for the super-fan. Lots of tedious info I found to be a bit dry, though. The bits on set design and puppet creation were much appreciated. The final quarter of the book is a handy episode guide case you're ever wondering what the secret word of the day was on season two episode six.
I grew up watching and loving Pee-wee's Playhouse, so I was pretty excited about reding this, especially with the tagline "Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredicatable." What I found in this was a short piece of boring garbage. Even as a fan there was nothing worth really learning about Pee-wee Herman or the show in this book.The author, Caseen Gaines, spends most of the book tiptoeing around some of the more serious issues that might have plagued Pee-wee's Playhouse, like Pee-wee himself. There is [...]
It definitely feels like this book only reveals the tip of the iceberg as far as Reubens' polarizing effect on his colleagues. To other reviewers who claim 'no one has anything negative to say' about him, I wonder if we actually read the same book. Halfway through, I told my husband, "Sometimes reading this book is like watching a bunch of toddlers throw mudballs at each other," and we agreed we're both glad we're not in show business.It does read a bit like an extended entry with a Pee-wee fan [...]
For a generation of children who were born in the 1980s, "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" was THE destination on Saturday mornings in front of the television. As a youngster, who couldn't get excited about the man-child Pee-Wee's exuberance for life and being surrounded by such an eclectic group of "characters"?! This book recalls some of the stories behind the Playhouse walls.The "meat" of this book centers on how Paul Reubens turned his little comedy sketch routine into one of the most well-loved kids TV [...]
This was an excellent little guide to the origins and inner workings of the development of one of the most under-appreciated programs that ever aired on television (and one that ended up becoming extremely controversial in its own right). This book contains the origins of the stage show with the Groundlings, the financial and pre-production development of the first season, the translation from (Big Adventure) the silver screen into the show, and then back again (Big Top), the move from NY to LA, [...]
As someone who wrote a book on a uncooperative subject (Andy Griffith), I know that many are quick to criticize biographies or pop culture histories without input from the key player. In this case, Paul Reubens did not contribute to this book about the making of Pee-wee's Playhouse, but it seems like the lion's share of behind the scenes folks were happy to discuss their creative past with the author. Is this a perfect book on the making of? No, not even close. Then again, I'm currently spoiled [...]
A decently engaging overview of the hit children's show and it's impact on American culture. For an "unauthorized" book, the author goes out of their way to sidestep some of the more controversial aspects of Pee-wee. I guess this is a missed opportunity, although perhaps those stories have less to do with the television show than a reader might think. I got the feeling while reading this that Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse is probably not a great book for super-fans of the show or the character, but [...]
I was pretty impressed with the detail of the set design and production, but the issues and drama were definitely glossed over. Apparently Paul Reubens will be coming out with a memoir soon so this will have to do! I was excited to read about all of the characters I grew up with without having to watch the show - although I watch the Christmas special every year, and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure every few years, I recently checked it out on Netflix and deemed it obnoxious about 5 minutes in. Sorry, i [...]
I enjoyed this book because I'm a big fan of Pee-wee, but as stated before there was nothing scandalous in this book. The conflicts that were discussed were presented as arguments. There was no new information about Pee-wee's arrest. There was more time spent on the details of the puppets than anything controversial. This reads more like a fact book and I'd only recommend it to people who are big fans.
I enjoyed the book overall. I would have liked more in depth interviews with the behind the scenes people (writers/puppeteers/artists. More backstage or production drawings/designs would have dressed it up too.If you are a fan of the show, or Pee-Wee in general, you'll enjoy it. Worth borrowing from the public library.
Great little read to find some interesting history about the show and the characters. The only bad thing is that I was thirsty for more! While there was a lot I learned I felt there was a lot more not being discussed. I found the information about the original stage show and Big Top Pee Wee to be the juiciest bits. Love this show to this day! Go Pee Wee! Can't wait to see you again!
another great Caseen Gaines read. I've now read all 3 of his books. Great insight into what went on behind the scenes, including the moving of the show from NY to LA after Season 1. for TV junkies some truly great stuff. highly recommended!
Despite Paul Reuben's lack of participation in the writing of this, it still came out pretty great. Definitely gives you a look into the shows inner workings and drama. Pee-Wee stepped on a couple toes to get where he ended up.
Wow, Peewee was difficult to work with? Shock. Decent, quick read, but not terribly in-depth.
A great exploration of the behind the scenes workings of my favorite show from childhood. Touches on all things Pee Wee from beginnings to the movies & show to the recent Broadway revival.
reading it triggered the theme song to play nonstop in my head for awhile. i'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad one ;)
I'm a Pee-Wee fanatic so I loved this book!
For what it was, a surface assessment of Paul Rueben's character's rise and fall, it was lacking. As a fanboy's patchwork quilt, it won't keep you warm for long.
I liked the pictures more than anything else. It made me really miss Phil Hartmann, RIP
There are some nice anecdotes and background info, but overall it's pretty fluffy. The episode guide feels superfluous. Not having access to Reubens for interview is a shame.
Earnest and interesting, it reads like a final class project of a die-hard fan. Nothing earth-shattering revealed; some fun photos and a detailed episode guide included.
A chronological account more than an inside scoop.
A good insider's look into a beloved show. The author obviously likes Paul Reubens, but didn't shy away from addressing problems and things that might make him seem unlikeable.
Felt like there was little or no reason for this book, other than making known all of the people who worked on the show other than Paul Reubens.
A great book for Pee-wee fans who want to reminisce about the show. Includes an episode guide and the history of the show. 5 stars!!!
If you love Peewee, this is a Must Read.
Very insightful look at Pee-wee and the Playhouse TV show!I will always be a Pee-wee fan and this book reminded me of why!
Anyone who watched this show when they were a kid will appreciate this book.
Interesting. I would have liked more about the Big Adventure days, but that's just me.
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