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Child's Play

Which kids' TV shows are just as funny for adults? Our critic dishes up his favorites

Paul Reubens | FUN 'HOUSE Pee-Wee in his heyday
Image credit: Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Everett Collection
FUN 'HOUSE Pee-Wee in his heyday

Which kids' TV shows are just as funny for adults?

Of the TV shows created for kids, which one have you enjoyed the most as an adult? I have liked ''Invader Zim'' and ''The Fairly OddParents.''

The quiet humor and nearly abstract art make ''Samurai Jack'' my favorite current TV cartoon. But my all-time fave kids' show is the sincere and campy ''Pee-wee's Playhouse'' (1986-91). Crammed with characters inanimate (Globey!) and real (Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis!), ''Pee-wee'' pleased everyone, adult and child, in my house.

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Originally posted Mar 26, 2004 Published in issue #757 Mar 26, 2004 Order article reprints