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Punky Brewster Review: The Revival is a Cute and Fun Watch

Soleil Moon Frye, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Cherie Johnson star in the nostalgic revival.

OFFICIAL PEACOCK SYNOPSIS:

In this continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self.

PUNKY BREWSTER REVIEW

Punky Brewster revival photo
Photo: NBC Universal

I was a Punky girl. As an older Millennial, I was too young to catch Punky when it first aired (I was two). But as a young girl of about five or six, I saw the series in syndication, AND IT CLICKED.

I put on plays with my siblings pretending to be Punky (my sister relegated to the role of Cherie and my brother the part of Allen), dressed like her sometimes, and even got a golden retriever puppy!

Punky Brewster publicity photos with golden retrievers from old and new revival series
The old and new Punky Brewster with golden retrievers. Photo: NBC Universal

So, I was psyched for this new continuation of the series. But does it live up to the hype? Unfortunately, no.

While I mostly enjoyed the new show, at times, I felt like the producers weren’t quite sure who this series was for at the end of the day. Was it for young teens? For the adults looking for a bit of nostalgia? The tone wasn’t consistent.

WHAT I LOVED

Punky and Cherie hugging in Punky Brewster Revival Series
Punky and Cherie. Photo: NBC Universal

However, much of it did work. It was great fun seeing Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson onscreen together. They fit back into their roles with ease, and the chemistry between them was fabulous.

The “romance” between exes, Punky and Travis (Freddie Prinze Jr.), was also good with future potential. Cherie’s given a good love story as well with Fringe‘s Jasika Nicole. And the young foster girl Izzy (Quinn Copeland) was a scene-stealer.

WHAT WAS MISSING – BUT COULD RESOLVE IN A POSSIBLE SEASON TWO

But what was missing was the wit. If you re-watch the original show, you’ll notice just how funny George Gaynes and Susie Garrett were. That wit isn’t really here.

Instead, it’s more of a cheesy modern reboot once again focusing on new kids (Girl Meets World, Fuller House) – when as a fan of the original, I just want to watch stories about the original characters.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Punky Brewster publicity photo
Punky and Izzy. Photo: NBC Universal

Still, overall, the Punky Brewster revival is a fun watch, and I appreciate that they kept the optimistic tone of the original show. So, it’s worth checking out, especially if you loved the original and want to see where the characters ended up.

Content Note: TV-PG for a few inappropriate jokes/innuendo. The romance would be on the two, fade to black steaminess level. (See our Rating System for more details.)

Where to Watch: Peacock.

Did you watch the new Punky Brewster revival? What did you think? Do you agree with our review of the new Punky Brewster? What would you like to see in a possible season two? Discuss in the comments below.

Three and a half corsets rating
Four Vintage Hearts Rating

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By on June 7th, 2021

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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