The Postmodern Aesthetic of ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

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“An audience of people like myself. Young hipsters that had grown up in my generation. Sort of the lower last dregs of the Baby Boomers, who grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s watching children’s television, and then grew up to read underground comics, and then grew up even more and saw people like Andy Kaufman and Saturday Night Live and this whole postmodern deconstruction of the culture we grew up in…We wanted to look back on all this media influence and kind of make fun of it and do a satire of it almost, but embrace it too because we love it all.”

- Pee-wee’s Playhouse’s production designer Wayne White on the philosophy behind the show’s distinct look.