Parents' Guide to

Punky Brewster

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Heartwarming '80s sitcom celebrates family bonds.

TV NBC Comedy 1984
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+


Cute show .

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age 7+

Cute little show

Punky Brewster is about a little girl with a positive attitude , and she looks on the bright side which is cool. she also has her own fashion which makes her an indivual. I was born in 1985 and the show came out in 1984 but watching the dvds its a cute show. a clean show with no bad stuff or profanity.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
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Modern-day girls may take one look at Punky and veto the show solely for its outdated sense of fashion (mismatched shoes, gaudy colors, and that trademark handkerchief tied around one leg), but if they're willing to take a chance on it, there are plenty of good messages about individuality and tolerance to be gleaned.

It isn't flashy or set to a downloadable soundtrack, but PUNKY BREWSTER tells a feel-good story about realistic characters and relatable problems, and it makes us rethink what it means to be a family. As content goes, there's very little to worry about here, but the show does touch on some serious issues (child abandonment and a parent's illness, for example) that might raise concerns for kids.

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