Punky Brewster is an American sitcom that ran for four seasons from September 1984 to May 1988. The show is about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) being raised by her foster parent Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes).
Punky is a warm, funny and bright child. Her father walked out on her family, then her mother abandoned her at a Chicago shopping center, leaving her alone with her dog Brandon. Afterwards, she discovered a vacant apartment in a local building managed by photographer Henry, an elderly widowed gentleman who adopted her.
The series was produced by Lightkeeper Productions and NBC productions during the network run. After two seasons, NBC felt that Punky Brewster and its principal Sunday night stablemate, the four-year-old Silver Spoons, could not compete as strongly as they hoped against CBS' juggernaut 60 Minutes, and canceled both programs. Like many cult-favorite sitcoms of the time, Punky Brewster was revived for first-run syndication (as was Silver Spoons).