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Punky Brewster

Cast of "Punky Brewster", starting from the bottom-right going counter-clockwise: Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), Casey Ellison (Allen Anderson), George Gaynes (Henry Warnimont), Susie Garrett (Betty Johnson), Cherie Johnson (Cherie Johnson), Brandon (Brandon, the Wonder Dog), and (center) Ami Foster (Margeaux Kramer)
Genre Situation Comedy
Running time approx. 0:24 (per episode)
Creator(s) David W. Duclon
Starring Soleil Moon Frye
as Punky Brewster
George Gaynes
as Henry Warnimont
Susie Garrett
as Betty Johnson
Cherie Johnson
as Cherie Johnson
Ami Foster
as Margeaux Kramer
Casey Ellison
as Allen Anderson
Brandon
as Brandon, the Wonder Dog
T.K. Carter
as Michael "Mike" Fulton
Country of origin USA
Original network/channel NBC
Original run September 16, 1984May 27, 1988
No. of episodes 88

Punky Brewster was a popular sitcom in the 1980s. The show was run on NBC from 1984 to 1986 and again in first-run syndication from 1987 to 1988. Overall, there were a total of 88 episodes produced. The show had an extended life in reruns until it stopped airing in 1996. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Actress and director Soleil Moon Frye. ... George Gaynes (né George Jongejans) (born May 16, 1917) is a Finnish-American actor. ... Susie Garrett (December 29, 1929—May 24, 2002) was a US African-American actress, best known for playing Mrs. ... Cherie Johnson (born on November 21, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) whom is best known for playing (well) Cherie Johnson Punky Brewsters best friend on Punky Brewster is the real life niece of TV producer David W. Duclon. ... This is a list of fictional dogs from literature, movies etc. ... Ami Foster (born August 5, 1975) was a successful child star in the early 1980s who is perhaps best remembered for playing Margeaux Kramer on the American television program Punky Brewster. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Actress and director Soleil Moon Frye. ... George Gaynes (né George Jongejans) (born May 16, 1917) is a Finnish-American actor. ... Susie Garrett (December 29, 1929—May 24, 2002) was a US African-American actress, best known for playing Mrs. ... Betty Johnson (born March 16, 1931) was a singer of traditional pop music. ... Cherie Johnson (born on November 21, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) whom is best known for playing (well) Cherie Johnson Punky Brewsters best friend on Punky Brewster is the real life niece of TV producer David W. Duclon. ... Cherie Johnson (born on November 21, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) whom is best known for playing (well) Cherie Johnson Punky Brewsters best friend on Punky Brewster is the real life niece of TV producer David W. Duclon. ... Ami Foster (born August 5, 1975) was a successful child star in the early 1980s who is perhaps best remembered for playing Margeaux Kramer on the American television program Punky Brewster. ... This is a list of fictional dogs from literature, movies etc. ... This is a list of fictional dogs from literature, movies etc. ... T.K. Carter T.K. Carter sometimes credited as Thomas Kent Carter was born in Monrovia, California on December 14, 1956. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... MacGyver is one of the symbols of the 1980s in America The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... NBC, the National Broadcasting Company, is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

Soleil Moon Frye starred as Punky Brewster in the hit 1980s television sitcom.
Soleil Moon Frye starred as Punky Brewster in the hit 1980s television sitcom.

Penelope "Punky" Brewster (played by Soleil Moon Frye) is a warm, funny and bright girl, orphaned by her parents at the age of 7. Punky's father walked out on her family. Soon later, Punky was abandoned by her mother who took her to a Chicago supermarket and disappeared. Punky was alone with her only companion, and faithful dog, Brandon. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (797x613, 41 KB)Punky Brewster screenshot - Season One, Episode: Play it Again, Punky This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (797x613, 41 KB)Punky Brewster screenshot - Season One, Episode: Play it Again, Punky This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Actress and director Soleil Moon Frye. ... MacGyver is one of the symbols of the 1980s in America The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Actress and director Soleil Moon Frye. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...


Afterwards, Punky discovered a vacant apartment in a building managed by photographer Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), an older bachelor. Punky quickly became friends with Cherie Johnson (Cherie Johnson), a young girl who lived upstairs in Henry's building with her grandmother Betty Johnson (Susie Garrett). Once Henry discovers Punky in the empty apartment adjacent his, he hears her story. The relationship between the two blossoms, and Henry eventually adopts Punky. George Gaynes (né George Jongejans) (born May 16, 1917) is a Finnish-American actor. ... Cherie Johnson (born on November 21, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) whom is best known for playing (well) Cherie Johnson Punky Brewsters best friend on Punky Brewster is the real life niece of TV producer David W. Duclon. ... Susie Garrett (December 29, 1929—May 24, 2002) was a US African-American actress, best known for playing Mrs. ...


Her other friends are geeky Allen Anderson (Casey Ellison) and stuck-up rich girl Margeaux Kramer (Ami Foster). Ami Foster (born August 5, 1975) was a successful child star in the early 1980s who is perhaps best remembered for playing Margeaux Kramer on the American television program Punky Brewster. ...


Probably one of the most memorable episodes was built around the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, in which Punky hears about the deaths and her dreams of being an astronaut are nearly squashed. In the end, however, her schoolteacher and Henry, along with guest star Buzz Aldrin, both tell her that she should still follow her dreams. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An iconic image of the disaster. ... Buzz Aldrin Colonel Buzz Aldrin, Sc. ...


The show also launched the Just Say No anti-drugs campaign, following from an episode where older children offer Punky drugs. Mrs. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ...


Seasons one and two of Punky Brewster are currently available on DVD in Region 1. Season three will be released on July 25, 2006. July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Trivia

The title character was named after a childhood crush of then-NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff. The real-life Punky was tapped to play a teacher in one episode. Brandon Tartikoff (July 13, 1949 – August 27, 1997) was a popular NBC executive who was credited with turning around NBCs low prime-time reputation with such hit series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, Cheers, Miami Vice, The Golden Girls, Knight Rider, The...


Punky's dog Brandon is named for Tartikoff.


Fred Gwynne auditioned to play Henry, but lost to George Gaynes. Gaynes later became well-known as the elderly, bumbling commandant in the Police Academy movies. Frederick Hubbard Gwynne (July 10, 1926 – July 2, 1993) was a 6 ft 5 in (1. ... George Gaynes (né George Jongejans) (born May 16, 1917) is a Finnish-American actor. ... This article is about the movie series. ...


Theme song

The theme song for Punky Brewster is "Every Time I Turn Around", written by Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy. It is sung by Portnoy. The duo also wrote the theme song to Cheers (which Portnoy also sang). Gary Portnoy (born January 1, 1956) co-wrote and sang the Cheers theme, and the Punky Brewster theme. ...

Maybe the world is blind
Or just a little unkind.
Don't know.
Seems you can't be sure
Of Anything, Anymore
Although,
You may be lonely and then,
One Day You're smiling again
Everytime I turn around
I see the girl who turns my world around,
Standing there.
Everytime I turn around
Her sprit's lifted me right off the ground
What's gonna be?
Guess we'll just wait, and see.

Spin-off

It's Punky Brewster!, an animated spin-off with the original cast appeared on Saturday mornings. The cartoon was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It ran from 14 September 1985 to 5 September 1987, for a total of 26 episodes. Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the typical television animation programming that was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks since the mid 1960s. ... Ruby-Spears Productions is a California-based entertainment production company that specializes in animation. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Punky Brewster and Glommer from the cartoon series It's Punky Brewster!
Punky Brewster and Glommer from the cartoon series It's Punky Brewster!

This series included the addition of one new animal character known as Glommer; a creature that came from a world at the end of the rainbow. Glommer had various magical powers and one of them was the ability to transport Punky and her friends, Margaux, Cherie, and Allen, to any part of the Earth instantly. Image File history File links Punky_brewster_cartoon. ... Image File history File links Punky_brewster_cartoon. ...


Lyrics

I ran to the end of a rainbow's eye
There wasn't any pot of gold...
Punky Brewster
Come on it's just a fantasy, you know-uh-oh

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Punky Brewster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (641 words)
Punky Brewster was a popular children's television comedy show in the 1980s.
Penelope "Punky" Brewster was a warm, funny and bright girl, orphaned by her parents at the age of 7.
Punky was alone with her only companion, and faithful dog, Brandon (named after Tartikoff).
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