Critical Praise

“With his inspired, lunatic Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Paul Reubens showed a generation of television viewers that it’s okay to be different. Caseen Gaines has crafted a meticulously researched look at the origin, production, and legacy of this landmark series that is every bit as educational and entertaining as the show it chronicles.” — Jeremy Kinser, Senior Editor, The Advocate

“Caseen not only reveals the genius behind Paul Reubens’ pop culture creation, but also takes a look Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse to meet the fascinating team that brought it to life.” — Noah Levy, Senior News Editor, In Touch Weekly

“…Utilizing interviews with key cast and crew members, Gaines follows the development and run of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and liberally adds anecdotal material and behind-the-scenes gossip from numerous insiders. …[A]ll Pee-wee fans will enjoy this fun and informative text.” — Barry X. Miller, Library Journal

Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a must for any Pee-wee fan.  Gaines unearths a significant moment in pop culture with the care of an archeologist, and the vibrant humor of Pee-wee himself.”  — John Ortved, author of The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History

“Caseen Gaines thoroughly explores the inner workings of the most grownup kiddie show in TV history.  Pull up a Chairry and enjoy!” — Michael Musto, The Village Voice

“Much like Pee-wee’s Playhouse itself, this book was a happy delivery I received on a Saturday morning. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to devour its contents. You’ll find yourself relaxing in your own personal playhouse, unable to put it down until Pee-wee rides away at the end.” — Scott Aukerman, host of Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast and co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

“Though brutally honest in recounting crew conflicts and the fickle world of show business, Gaines demonstrates the enchantment and broad appeal of the Playhouse, as well as the spontaneity of a show where ‘anything could happen.'” — Publishers Weekly