Peacock is bringing back Punky Brewster in the form of a revival, and here’s everything we know about the sitcom, including story details, cast reveals, and where to stream options. Based on the cult-classic series of the same name in the ’80s, the reboot is set to prominently feature at least two original cast members, including Soleil Moon Frye. The revival serves as Peacock’s second exclusively released comedy as part of the service’s planned programming slate.
Punky Brewster debuted in 1984 and followed a bright young girl (Frye) after her parents abandoned her. Alone with her dog, Punky took refuge in a vacant apartment where she was found by the cranky building manager, Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes). The pair instantly hit it off, leading to Henry eventually becoming Punky’s official foster father. Despite the pain Punky endured, she never lost her fun spirit and eccentric demeanor, leaving her mark on pop culture for the years that followed the show’s ending in 1988.
With the continued trend of reboots and remakes, it was always a matter of time before Punky came back into the spotlight. While the revival highlights some of the same elements of the original sitcom, there will be new elements added into the mix. Peacock hopes to attract fans of the classic series as well as brand-new streamers. With a February release, this is what viewers can expect from the Punky Brewster revival.
The Punky Brewster revival is exclusively streaming on Peacock. The NBCUniversal streaming service launched in July 2020 by providing a back catalog of popular programming and original titles. Following in the footsteps of the Saved by the Bell reboot, Peacock scheduled the release of the continuation of another classic sitcom. While Peacock offers premium subscription tiers with an expanded library, the service also has an ad-supported free version. New and existing Peacock customers can find the Punky Brewster revival streaming on February 25.
Penelope “Punky” Brewster comes back into focus for the revival, but this time the figure is an adult. In fact, Punky is a single mother of three kids, trying to get her life back on track after a divorce. While raising her kids, Punky meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster care system who mirrors her past self. As a nod to the original Punky Brewster, the titular character still lives in the Chicago apartment building where she grew up. Despite being a few decades older, “Punky Power” is still in full effect with the central figure’s optimistic outlook on life.
Freddie Prinze Jr. has a lead role as Punky’s ex-husband, Travis, while their kids are played by Noah Cottrell, Oliver De Los Santos, and Lauren Lindsey Donzis, whereas Quinn Copeland portrays Izzy. Though Brandon the dog won’t be in the revival, Punky’s family has another golden retriever to pay tribute to the original pet. As for returning cast members, a Punky Brewster reboot couldn’t be done without Soleil Moon Frye back in the titular role. The revival also features the return of Cherie Johnson, Punky’s childhood best friend, and a cameo from Ami Foster as spoiled rich girl Margaux Kramer.
The Punky Brewster revival consists of a 10-episode first season. All 10 episodes become available to stream on February 25 on Peacock for those who enjoy a binge rather than weekly releases. The count is far less than the show’s original seasons, coming in at 22 episodes each of the four seasons. That said, the nature of sitcoms has changed, especially on streaming services. If the reboot grabs enough attention, don’t be surprised if Peacock orders additional seasons to bolster the original programming.