If you grew up in the 1980s, the mere mention of Punky Brewster brings back very distinct memories of childhood days in front of the boob-tube. Love or hate the show, it’s an indelible part of that decade. While there’s little chance that we’ll ever see a Punky Brewster reunion, actress Soleil Moon Frye recently revived her character for a special visit.
Punky Brewster revolves around a precocious little girl who has been abandoned by her mother in Chicago. With only her faithful dog Brandon as a companion, Punky starts living in a vacant apartment in an old building. There, she meets the grumpy landlord, photographer Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes). The two quickly bond and Henry becomes her foster parent and later adopts her. Others in the series include Susie Garrett, Cherie Johnson, T. K. Carter, Ami Foster, and Casey Ellison.
While the concept of the show sounds quite depressing, it’s aimed at young viewers and has a very lighthearted tone. The kid-friendly series debuted on September 16, 1984 and ran for two seasons on NBC at 7:30pm on Sundays. It was cancelled in 1986 but continued for two more seasons in first-run syndication, yielding 88 episodes and an animated spin-off with the same cast.
Following the end of the series, Frye continued to act in sitcoms, animation, and feature films. Her most notable credits include a regular role on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and voice-over work in The Proud Family and Tiny Toon Adventures. In 1998, she married and has since given birth to two little girls.
Punky hasn’t been seen in many years but recently Frye decided to take a chance on looking silly and revived the character to celebrate reaching a million followers on Twitter. In a live broadcast, the actress gave viewers a “Punky flashback” and said, “I did it. I did it for all of you guys in ‘Twitterville’… because you guys have been amazing and incredible to me.”
The short video is below. Be advised that there are a few points when the audio gets a little loud and your speakers may vibrate. No big surprise. What else would you expect from “Punky Power?”
What do you think? Would you you like to see a Punky Brewster reunion? Do you have warm memories of the show?