Every Time I Turn Around: Revisiting Punky Brewster

The thought of a child’s parents just up and leaving is awful, but that idea spawned one of the best and most-loved sitcoms of the 1980s. Punky Brewster was so popular that it quickly spawned an animated spin-off and ran in syndication throughout the late ’80s.

Let’s take a look back at some cool facts about the show, and also see what the cast has been up to since it ended.

Punky Was a Real Person


The character of Punky Brewster wasn’t just a clever idea by the team behind the show, they gained inspiration from a real person. NBC President Brandon Tartikoff named the character after a crush he had as a child. Of course, the real Punky gave her blessing for a character to be named after her.