Punky Brewster

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 22

    Wedding Bells for Brandon

    Aired

  • S 4 : Ep 21

    What's Your Sign?

    Aired 5/26/88

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    Punky Brewster 420-The Dilemma

    Aired 5/25/88

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    The Dilemma

    Aired 5/25/88

  • S 4 : Ep 19

    One Plus Tutor is Three

    Aired 5/24/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Gaynes

    Henry Warnimont

  • Soleil Moon Frye

    Penelope "Punky" Brewster

  • T.K. Carter

    Mike Fulton

  • Ami Foster

    Margaux Kramer

  • Cherie Johnson

    Cherie Johnson

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  • "Every time I turn around, I see the girl who turns my world around..." Seven-year-old Punky Brewster certainly turned Henry Warnimont's world around. Henry was a grouchy old man who was set in his ways, until Punky came along and changed him in a way that was not thought possible...Henry became a happy man, determined to be the best parent he could be. According to reports from when this series was announced, there was a real Punky Brewster, but not quite like the one in the show. When NBC's programming head Brandon Tartikoff was a kid, he had a crush on a tomboyish older girl by that name. Years later, Tartikoff's first child was nicknamed Punky. He also thought it would be a great name for a series. NBC's attorneys tracked down the real Punky, who was married to an attorney in Connecticut, and got permission to use her name. The real "Punky", Peyton B. Rutledge, even appeared in the Season Two episode "The Search", as a teacher at Punky's school. The show's premise was as follows: After 7-year-old Penelope "Punky" Brewster and her beloved dog Brandon are abandoned at a shopping center by Punky's mother, Susan Brewster, Punky is taken in by Chicago photographer and apartment building manager Henry Warnimont, who lives on the apartment building's second floor. Henry's friend, Betty Johnson, lives upstairs from Henry. Betty is a registered nurse who has had custody of her granddaughter, Cherie, ever since Cherie's parents died in a car accident. When the show first started, it was aired on Sunday nights after the weekly televised NFL football game, which would sometimes run overtime into Punky Brewster's 7:30 PM time slot. Instead of cancelling the show because of this, they would make 15 minute episodes to air whenever the football game ran into the show's time slot. Six of these 15 minute episodes were made. Whenever the show is in syndicated reruns, these six 15 minute episodes are aired in three 30 minute packages of two 15 minute episodes each. After Punky Brewster's first two seasons, the show went into first-run syndication for its last two seasons.Theme Song: "Every Time I Turn Around"Written by: Judy Hart Angelo & Gary PortnoyMaybe 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. Every time I turn around, I see the girl that turns my world around. Standing there ... Everytime I turn around, Her spirit's lifting me right off the ground. What's gonna be? Guess we'll just wait and see. Spinoff: It's Punky Brewstermoreless

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  • Quotes (348)

    • Punky: Hi Henry!
      Henry: What in the world possessed you to clean up my apartment!?
      Punky: What's wrong with it?
      Henry: I'll tell you what's wrong with it. It's neat, orderly, organized!
      Punky: Henry, there's a moldy half-eaten pizza under the couch. That's sick!

    • Henry: Who are you?
      Punky: I'm Punky Brewster. And who are you?
      Henry: I'm the manager of this building, Henry Warnimont.
      Punky: Nice to meet ya, Hank!
      Henry: I'm not a Hank, I'm a Henry.

    • Henry: You want milk or juice? Punky: What kind of juice? Henry: I've got green juice, and I've got brown juice. Punky: What's the difference? Henry: Three weeks.

    • Betty: Well, someone could have broken in, you know! A tramp. An escaped convict. A sex maniac! Just waiting to grab a voluptuous woman! Henry: You're safe.

    • Cherie: You know what, Punky? You're my idol. Punky: I am? Cherie: Yeah. Just think, you've got your own apartment. You can stay up as late as you want, and you don't have to go to school. You're the youngest grown-up I know! Punky: Thanks, Cherie, but you've got something I don't. Cherie: What? Punky: A family.

    • Betty: (calling out to her granddaughter) Cherie? You in there, fat butt? CHERIE! Henry: Mrs. Johnson, stop yelling! You're not only waking the dead, but you're making them glad they're dead!

    • Henry: Punky's so young, bubbly, full of life. I'm old, tired and full of prunes!

    • Punky: Well, Brandon, another day, another dollar!

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    Notes (85)

    • The character Punky Brewster came from a childhood crush of Brandon Tartikoff, programming chief of NBC at the time.

    • From 1984 - 1986 this series was filmed at Metromedia Square, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, and from 1987 - 1988 was filmed at NBC Studios, Burbank, California.

    • "Punky Brewster" was released on December 23rd, 1985 in France; August 30th, 1986 in The United Kingdom; and on June 6th, 1987 in Sweden.

    • Fred Gwynne tried out for the role of Henry Warnimont. Fred Gwynne was known for playing as Herman Munster on "The Munsters", from 1964 to 1966.

    • Talia Balsam (Randi) is the daughter of Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten. From 1989 to 1992, she was married to renowned actor George Clooney. Balsam was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, but she survived.

    • In this episode, Allyn Ann McLerie plays a crotchety old woman who tries to prevent Henry from getting custody of Punky. She played a much kinder and more loving character--Henry's high school sweetheart, to be exact--in the 2-part episode, "Henry Falls In Love".

    • Allyn Ann McLerie is the wife of George Gaynes, who played Henry.

    • Ami Foster also auditioned for the role of Punky.

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    Trivia (49)

    • In the entire series, Henry's room is never shown.

    • Actress Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Punky Brewster, but she was unsuccessful. She and Soleil Moon Frye are very close friends in real life, and they even have children who are the same ages (Hart has two sons, and Frye has two daughters). Frye was on many episodes of Hart's popular series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

    • This is actress Cherie Johnson's favorite episode (she plays herself on the show). She enjoys watching it so much because it was her first acting job, and she was so young and inexperienced, she ended up shrugging her shoulders and waving her arms around a lot. Johnson fondly remembers how she "didn't know what she was doing" at the time.

    • We don't have trivia for Punky Finds a Home (2)

    • Watch for a funny moment in the courtroom scene, when Randi accidentally whacks Henry in the mouth with a stack of papers in her hands. This was an accident, obviously, but they decided to keep it in.

    • This is the first (but not the last) time that a regular 30-minute episode of Punky Brewster was replaced with two separate little 15-minute stories. This was done in case Monday night football ran late, and that way, they could show a 15-minute episode of Punky instead of cancelling it altogether.

    • When Punky thought that Henry abandoned her at the store, she walked back to the apartment by herself. How did she get in without a key?

    • We don't have trivia for Walk Pool / Gone Fishin'.

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    Allusions (7)

    • The title of this episode is a play on words with Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus. Many years ago, this was part of a response that ran in the newspaper for a young girl named Virginia who wanted an answer to the age-old question: "Does Santa Claus exist?"

    • The Butter Lettuce Babies in this episode are very similar to the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls that were popular in the 1980's and 1990's.

    • This episode title was also a slogan used in several milk commercials at the time.

    • This episode title is a play on words, referring to the hard candy brand Life Savers, cherry flavored.

    • The Brady Bunch is referenced in this episode. This was a classic 1960's-1970's television series about a very loving blended family. A man with three sons and a woman with three daughters got married and had a housekeeper named Alice, who was considered part of the family.

    • The title of this episode is a play on the Budweiser beer's then slogan "This Bud's for You".

    • Cherie mentions in this episode that Punky saved her when she got locked in a refrigerator. She is clearly referring to her near-death experience in Season 2's Cherie Lifesaver, when Punky and Margaux revived her by performing CPR on her.

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  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • love this show

    By BrookeLynne01, Aug 29, 2013

  • Another fun and cute show from the 80's!

    By doyalmeadows9, Jun 03, 2013

  • The best sitcom of the 1980's to watch! It's about 8-year-old Penelope "Punky" Brewster and her dog, Brandon are abandoned by her mother at a local grocery store. She is taken in by Henry Warnimont, the landlord at the apartment.

    By RaineRP, Sep 16, 2006

  • Punky Power!!!

    By piccolomaster, Jun 27, 2010

  • Punky Brewster was a personal favorite of the 80's. She had a big heart and was always up for a new adventure. She often got into sticky situations, but always meant well. The show had a positive lesson to be learned. Great for young kids to grow up on!

    By Loralea707, Feb 21, 2009

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