Young Punky Brewster is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket. When she befriends Henry Warnimont, her new family life begins.


David W. Duclon
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
George Gaynes ...  Henry Warnimont 88 episodes, 1984-1988
Soleil Moon Frye ...  Penelope 'Punky' Brewster / ... 88 episodes, 1984-1988
Sandy ...  Brandon 44 episodes, 1984-1988
Cherie Johnson ...  Cherie 86 episodes, 1984-1988
Susie Garrett ...  Mrs. Johnson 85 episodes, 1984-1988
Ami Foster ...  Margaux 55 episodes, 1984-1988


Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and finally befriends Henry Warnimont who adopts her. Written by Aboot

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Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


The episode "Fenster Hall" was a backdoor pilot of a spinoff series." It was originally a one hour episode, but was cut into two episodes for syndication. See more »


During the opening credits you will occasionally see palm tree reflections in the windows. The series is set in Chicago, so that would be highly unlikely. See more »


[repeated line]
Penelope 'Punky' Brewster: Holy Macanoli!
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Alternate Versions

In the first season, there was one opening credit sequence made up entirely of location footage shot on tape in Chicago and a slightly different recording of the theme song. This was used for three weeks, then replaced with another opening sequence mixing live-action footage and an animated sequence. This lasted a few weeks and was replaced by yet another sequence mixing the location footage shot in Chicago and clips from episodes, ending with the tail end of the animated sequence being watched by the lead characters on TV. This third opening sequence is on all first season episodes in syndication in the United States, but the DVD versions have the appropriate sequences reinstated depending on the episode. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »

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I miss the 80s and Punky
24 May 2003 | by soapfan84See all my reviews

I was just watching vh1's I love the 80s and remembered Punky Brewster. I was hooked on that show and I even had a Punky doll. She had such a unique style and attitude towards life. I don't think there was another character on tv that empowered young girls the way she did. I was just a little kid when the show was on and because I hated my first name I decided that I wanted to be known only as Punky. So to this day, 18 years after the show premiered, I am still known as Punky. Who wouldn't want to embody her image! The best episodes were when Henry got really sick and Punky was taken away by that rich couple. I was soo worried that Punky would never see Henry again, weren't we all?! Oh yea, they need to bring back the reruns!

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16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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(88 episodes)
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