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Punky Brewster - Season One (1984)

Soleil Moon Frye , George Gaynes , Charles A. Nichols , John Kimball  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson, Ami Foster, Casey Ellison
  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols, John Kimball, Rudy Larriva, Russ Mooney
  • Writers: Barbara Chain, Cliff Roberts, Gary Greenfield, Herb Engelhardt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020X83Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Punky Brewster - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 20 episodes on four discs
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Two hours of the Saturday morning cartoon It's Punky Brewster

Editorial Reviews

Punky Brewster: Season One proves the old, family-friendly sitcom is as captivating for kids today as it was in 1984. Somewhere in the tradition of Silas Marner and Chaplin's The Kid, Punky Brewster breathes new life in the story of an isolated bachelor who takes in a lost and forgotten child. Thanks to the inspired casting of Helsinki-born, journeyman actor George Gaynes (The Crucible) as misanthropic photographer-turned-foster dad Henry Warnimont, the tradition stays strong in Punky Brewster even as the series paints the world in primary colors for a young audience.

Gaynes's autumnal Henry is the gruff-but-lovable loner who discovers 8-year-old, abandoned Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) squatting with her golden lab puppy, Brandon, in an empty apartment across from his own. With great reluctance, Henry allows the loquacious, spunky Punky to stay with him until she's situated with Chicago's youth services, then misses her the moment she's gone. After a cute showdown with officials in court (Punky cracks wise atop the judge's desk), Henry and his moppet become a family, and the series explores the many ways in which the duo (well, Henry, actually) learns to accommodate a shared life. In "Punky Gets Her Own Room," the impetuous heroine turns Henry's dusty study into a brightly painted bedroom, much to her new dad's shock. "Parents Night" finds Henry annoyed that he's supposed to show up at his charge's school when he'd rather be working. Punky Brewster's initial 22 episodes wisely allowed the core relationship between man and girl to settle before introducing other significant characters and story threads. By the season's middle, however, other relationships and conflicts develop, including a romance for Henry and trouble with bullies at school. It's all good, family entertainment that doesn't condescend. Special features include three segments from the subsequent, animated It's Punky Brewster series. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The hit family TV sitcom Punky Brewster on DVD for the first time!

Soleil Moon-Frye stars as the orphaned little girl with an indomitable spirit, who, with her faithful dog Brandon, brings light and laughter into the life of a grumpy, old photographer played by George Gaynes.

Punky Brewsters' first season from 1984 on NBC was a Sunday night hit - and this box set features all 23 episodes!

Specials features:
• Interviews with cast & crew
• 2 hours of the popular Saturday morning cartoon, It’s Punky Brewster, featuring many of the voices from Punky Brewster.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punky Power RULES! Punky Brewster is the GREATEST!! March 31, 2005
I LOVE Punky Brewster! I got this DVD set for my birthday and it has been just wonderful!

Punky Brewster is a GREAT family-friendly show! Its wonderful for all ages & is one of the few shows out there that a whole family can watch together without worrying about kids seeing graphic violence, or other inappropriate material.

For those who have not heard of, or had the chance to see this timeless 80's classic, Punky Brewster is about an adorable, and feisty 8 year old who was abandoned by her mother in a shopping center (after her father had walked out on them), She has been living in a vacant apartment, with her cute Golden Retriever puppy, Brandon, when she is found by the apartment building's manager, Henry Warnimont, a gruff, and grumpy photographer, who's been living alone, having isolated himself, both physically and emotionally since the death of his wife a year after their marriage.

At first Henry reluctantly takes her in, telling her that she can stay with him until Children's Services can find her mother. But then Henry and Punky begin to develop a close attachment to each other as the lovable Punky starts drawing Henry out of his shell, and making him feel emotion, and love once again.

Meanwhile, when it becomes apparent that Punky's biological mother cannot be found, and even does not want to be found, Children's Services takes Punky from Henry, and places her at Fenster Hall, an emergency children's shelter. That's when Punky and Henry discover how much they miss each other and want to be together. After Punky runs away from Fenster Hall to return to Henry, then Henry realizes the difference that Punky has made in his life, and how much they really love and need each other.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Awesome DVD Release June 8, 2004
I have virtually no complaints about the Punky Brewster DVD. These episodes look great and have the same charm and innocence that they did 20 years ago. If you enjoyed this show as a child you may want to introduce it to your children because something about watching Punky as an adult didn't have the same effect on me. Some of the jokes were kinda corny. What is awesomes is you get 2 hours of the cartoon "It's Punky Brewster" the cute cartoon with Glomer the magic creature and Punky's friend. The DVD is packaged, only thing missing is a current interview with Soleil Moon Frye but she was on Sabrina The Teenage Witch for 3 years so it's not like she dropped off the planet. The package is nice and it's also cool they had that one hour special "Fenster Hall" which seemed like a spin off but don't know what happened.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best $26.00 I've ever spent! July 9, 2004
By Becca
I have been waiting for this show to come out on DVD for years. I just turned 21 years old on july 1st so Punky was definately my idol. I even dressed up as her for Halloween in 1989...punky wasn't all that popular by then and i was upset when i didnt win a prize downtown for the costume because i looked exactly like her. (even had a stuffed brandon lol). Anyways, Punky was the one show that meant the most to me growing up. I remember when it was shown on the family channel until 1994. So its been 10 years since I had really watched Punky. I was thrilled to see that they included the cartoon episodes of Punky on the DVD. I loved those as much as I loved the show. I had the first 3 episodes (punky gets a home) on tape along w/2 cartoon episodes that my dad had taped for me years ago. Its nice to know that I can keep this DVD for my kids to see. That show changed my life and watching the 1st season episodes brings back so many memories. I feel so old watching them! I think that everyone should go out and buy this because it's worth it. I hope they bring out the next 3 seasons because I want them all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Plus 4 80's Fans!!! April 27, 2004
Finally, all those petitions & waiting have come to an end! Punky is back! I am sooo psyched to get my hands on this dvd set since all I have are some poor vhs copies that I keep watching over and over.
Punky, Cherry, Margo, Henry and of course our favorite dog Brandon are sure to brighten your day with quirky 80s charm that I'm sure you will love if you were an 80s baby. It's got the crazy clothing and fun antics you would expect in an 80s sitcom. I am only hoping that the first season will do well enough for the rest of the seasons to be released.
Everyone buy PUNKY BREWSTER when it comes out as it is one totally awesome show filled with "PUNKY POWER"!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEASON TWO COMES OUT IN FEBRUARY!!! October 25, 2004
By Lisa L.
I received this DVD season for my birthday and was ecstatic!!!! I watched Punky Brewster when I was barely starting school and watching it I remembered so many of the parts that I wouldve never guessed did.

This show is truly a gem, a great thing to watch with the new generation. I watched this with my 7-year old neice and she LOOOOVED IT! Everytime she came we would watch as many episodes as possible before my sister picked her up and EVERY time she would visit again she would be like "LETS WATCH PUNKY BWOOSTAH" It was so cute!!!! She loved it and we cant wait until February 2005, we will be the first to Pre-order Season Two. :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, full of nostalgic Punky Power!! :) June 4, 2004
By A Customer
I bought this DVD box set before it was even released. It came to my door June 2nd, and my hubby and I have already viewed it. All four disks, eleven hours of Punky!
I really enjoyed going back in time and joining Punky, Cherie, Allan, Margaux, Henry (He's not a Hank!), and Mrs. Johnson! It was like it was 1984-85 all over again!
Couple of really nice touches I noticed. The show the NBC peacock before and after the episodes that they had in the 80s. Talk about flashbacks! They also showed Punky Cartoons on the special features. That was fun and made me want to eat some Smurf Berry cereal while watching those. With original voices from the cast, it was very cute.
But the best were the episodes. I found myself singing along like I did when I was 10 to Punky Brewster's theme song. "Maybe the World is Blind... Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah!" hehehehe!
And just like I did when I was ten, I cried a bit for Punky during "I love you Brandon". when Brandon is hit by a car and they want to put him to sleep. Her speech is heartbreaking! I loved Brandon too!
Anyway, it makes you feel like a kid. The interviews that they have on each disc are unbelievable! You wouldn't believe what Cherie and Margaux look like all grown up. They talked about all the fun they had and also had interviews with the creator and the writer. Everything they talked about, you could relate to and remember from the show. Truly a gift for an 80's child.
Don't let Punky get by you! Buy this set today! Maybe if enough of us pitch in and buy it, they will have no issues with releasing the other seasons on DVD. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Punky Brewster would never let anyone stop her from getting what she wanted! Don't you either! :) It's smasheroo!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars That hurt
I purchased it for my ex for his birthday because when we met we both talked about how much we loved Punky Brewster & he said he really didn't want it & gave it back to me.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Villafane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to have them. Came quick. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Brian Wonn
5.0 out of 5 stars Television Series
My daughter asked for this for her Birthday, so she was pleased to receive it as a gift and fill in her collection of old TV shows
Published 2 months ago by Janet Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite Show Good as New!
I watched this show as a teen, and very young at heart even then, I truly loved this show. This show is wholesome as well as funny, having a valuable life lesson in each... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Punky power!!!!
Punky is a great wholesome family show that kids and parents can enjoy together. They don't make good t.v. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christie Lynn Albers
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show ever
I loved Punky Brewster growing up. I still think it is one of the best shows. They should make shows like this for children again. The shows now days rot children's brains.
Published 3 months ago by Jenny Groh
4.0 out of 5 stars Just As I Remembered
My kid loves watching this. It is nice to sit and watch this with my kid since it is a show I watched as a kid. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melissa
2.0 out of 5 stars not season one
The movie came faster that I thought it would. The only problem is that it's not the full first season. Only 8 episodes.
Published 5 months ago by Angel R
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past
My kids grew up watching Punky Brewster. My oldest daughter even looked like her. So I decided to buy this for my granddaughter for her birthday and she absolutely LOVES the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids like this and I remember watching as a kid!
My kids love this! I remember watching it when I was a kid, so thought they might enjoy it and they very much do...I recommend for children around the age of 7 - 10 or so...
Published 9 months ago by Ireland Mom
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