Throwback Thursday: Jimmy Smits on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”

Being a Gen X-er, of course I’ve watched “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” CBS’s quirky Saturday morning show that was way more entertaining to college students than it was to actual children. It starred Paul Reubens as his famous alter ego and featured many celebrities and soon-to-be-celebrities.

Apparently, Jimmy Smits appeared in a 1990 episode as a repairman brought in to fix Conky the robot. I couldn’t find video, so you’ll have to make-do with this thumbnail I managed to find:

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4 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Jimmy Smits on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse””

  1. M. Marshall Says:

    I used to watch “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” all the time as a kid. I also used to watch “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”, which is turning 30 next year, despite the fact that it had some of the creepiest scenes (Large Marge anyone?). Yet those creepy scenes crack me up to this day, not to mention it’s quotable dialogue. And of course I remember that infamous scandal that Paul Rubens got into, it was such big news! It was a lot for a kid to take in. But in the end the Pee-Wee franchise was all in good fun.

  2. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I grew up with Pee-Wee. The Playhouse was my favorite show, and it wasn’t until later that I found out Big Adventure was Tim Burton’s first movie.

    I was always in the camp that felt the “scandal” was a huge overreaction. It’s not like he ever did anything like that on the show or to fans.

    • M. Marshall Says:

      Some believe that it was a setup because there were people that hated him so much because he was so difficult to work with. A great subject for “Mysteries and Scandals” (another show I grew up with).

      • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

        I tend not to follow conspiracy theories, but that doesn’t sound like an unreasonable assumption. I mean, he gets arrested for doing what is essentially the entire point of visiting such an establishment, and the cops had nothing better to do that night?

        That’s all I’m going to say about that, though. This is hardly the place to get into such things.

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