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There's plenty of original Punky charm to go around. Cynics may cringe at an adult woman boasting about her "Punky power" years later, but Frye's pure commitment to joy (not to mention physical comedy) is as infectious as ever.
This new 10-part sequel stays true to the spirit of the original and Frye is a delight once more, giving an infectiously joyous and big-hearted performance as the suddenly middle-aged Punky Brewster.
If viewers are looking for a blithe skip down Memory Lane, Punky Brewster trips on the untied laces of its pink and orange Converse... Punky Brewster would be funnier, and perhaps even endearing, if it weren't trying quite so hard to be both.
While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, sometimes the comfort of the familiar can be pretty "Punky powerful" all by itself.
The new Punky Brewster simply dons an ill-fitted costume of an aged-up favorite without sincerely growing up, remaining reliant on old catchphrases and adorable spunk without unearthing anything that is truly fresh.
Even with lots of nods to the original, and a charming cast of newcomers and original cast members, this series doesn't quite know who it's trying to please.
Soleil Moon Frye, who wasn't all that great as the original Punky Brewster is back and not all that much better in her 40s as a grown up "Punky Brewster."
Peacock's new reboot of '80s touchstone PUNKY BREWSTER exemplifies the question asked of all reboots. Who is this for?
Punky Brewster is not as arch as Peacock's Saved By The Bell, nor as smart as Netflix's aforementioned One Day At A Time, but it is sweet, touching, and occasionally even clever. Family members of all ages will not hate watching it together.
Despite the audible laughs, absolutely nothing in these six episodes is remotely funny, and many of the lines that inspire alleged audience laughter aren't even jokes.
Audience Reviews for Punky Brewster: Season 1
2d agoLove it! The quirkiness is the nostalgia. If you loved the original, you'll love the updated version. Don't listen to the "official" critics, we all know they don't really know.
3d agoIt is great seeing what a great woman and mother she has become. She still has her Punky Power.
Feb 28, 2021Cute and nostalgic. Then the fun ends when you watch one of your child hood lobes stuffed with political crap. Lesbian marriages and lgbt fluff and woke fluff. Hollywood get your shit straight we don't want your crappy preaching on your tv. This may last another season until everyone turns off the channel when one of the kids get a sex change. Oh and btw were not fooled Freddy Prince and Punky white Irish Italian parents don't make two half Hawaiian and half black children were not idiots!!!
Feb 27, 2021I haven't seen the original series, so this to me is as new as it gets. I absolutely love it. It reminds me of what good old fashion family sitcom is like. We simply don't get sitcoms like this these days. Izzy is so adorable, and everybody has their own unique character and stories to play out... Honestly, what's there not to like? It's a little short though, just 10 episodes.
Feb 26, 2021I didn't see the original series so I don't know how it stacks up in terms of reboot but I think it did pretty good. It's certainly not without its flaws like an over usage of laughtrack and an unoriginal take on a what a sitcom family would be like. However it does have a few good moments when touching on serious subject like child abandonment and questioning your sexuality, it really did make me feel something. Their approach to these subjects brought an ease that I think fits perfectly with our idea of what society should be like in 2021. It provided some comedic situations that may be outdated but still can get a laugh or two out of you.
Feb 26, 2021I liked it. It reminded me of the good old days. When shows had good content.
Feb 26, 2021Reviewing the pilot, the only free ep for non-subscribers. The original Punky Brewster was one of my favorite childhood shows and holds up fairly well today. That series took a slower start, with Punky finding a home occupying several episodes. But it gave time for a genuine bond to develop between her and Henry, so when the courtroom scene came you FELT something. This continuation rushes things. A lot. Within a few hours of meeting the new orphan, who is nowhere near as endearing as Punky was, the new kid has a home in a super crowded apartment. Punky's busy overacting. Freddie Prinz just looks super old. Her kiddos do okay, with the older daughter being a standout. The few moments I did enjoy were when the show slowed down for five seconds to have an emotional connection of some kind. But for a comedy, it's not funny. It's woefully average when it should be jam packed with Punky Power. Hoping the show gets better. Fast.
Feb 25, 2021Its a worthy successor to the original series