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Retro TV for Kids Hits DVD Shelves

New releases from Pee-Wee Herman and the Faerie Tale Theatre may prove just as popular with parents as with their children.
New releases from Pee-Wee Herman and the Faerie Tale Theatre may prove just as popular with parents as with their children.

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new recent DVD releases of children's TV shows from the 1980s: Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre.

Paul Reubens has re-packaged his third, fourth and fifth seasons as Pee-Wee Herman, an on-air run that ended in 1990. Twenty-six episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre are available separately or in groups.

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David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975.