Back in the '80s, every girl my age wanted to be Punky. This show demonstrated that individuality was cool, and that one can triumph over adversity. True, the basis of the show was a stretch, but it was an informative show.
There were many comedic moments that managed to keep a child's attention span, along with the bright colors that Punky chose for her wardrobe; however, there were also dramatic/informative plotlines that were also good for teaching, such as CPR, the Challenger tragedy, Punky's abandonment, and Henry's health problems. It was a smartly written show for children to learn from and enjoy.