NBC is Rebooting ‘Punky Brewster’ For its Streaming Service

Pretty soon, consumers won’t be able to keep track of all the streaming services and which one airs what. There is too much to keep up with, and now NBC is vying for our attention with its Peacock platform. How? NBC Universal just announced several shows that will be offered on its service, and Punky Brewster is one of them.

Yes, you read that right. Punky Brewster, our favorite freckled friend next door from the ‘80s, is coming back. But NBC is giving her a new spin.

Soleil Moon Frye as Penelope ‘Punky’ Brewster |Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank

It won’t be 1984 in this ‘Punky Brewster’ reboot

The show will see the return of Soleil Moon Frye as the main character, Penelope “Punky” Brewster. That means fans will get to see Punky adulting in the 2020 revival, per an NBC Universal press release.

A reboot was first announced this past June by Deadline, noting that Frye is executive producing the project alongside series creator David W. Duclon. What can fans expect? The updated sitcom describes Punky as “a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.”

Punky Brewster will first air as a half-hour pilot as part of Peacock’s comedy lineup.

The original ‘Punky Brewster’ aired for four years

If you watched the show faithfully in the ‘80s, then you probably remember that it ran from 1984 to 1988. There was also a spinoff cartoon on TV for two seasons from 1985 to 1987. But each week, kids tuned in to see Punky, her dog Brandon, her foster dad Henry (a loving grump), and bestie Cherie.

She had adventures with her friends, learned lessons—oftentimes in scary situations, and experienced some of the worst parts of the foster care system. Eventually, Henry adopted her and by the end, Brandon had a wedding episode with another dog. Memories!

During that era, Punky’s style inspired a wave of kids’ fashions with bright colors, mismatched shoes, and those signature sun ponytail holders. We wonder if there will be any of that influence in the new show.

NBC’s Peacock is rebooting other old favorites too

In the ever-evolving landscape of streaming television, you can count on everyone to step up their game. NBCUniversal is reclaiming Parks and Recreation for streaming, but in terms of reboots, Saved by the Bell is also being revived for Peacock.

Like Punky Brewster, it’s being given the grown-up treatment, and has Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack in politics. Go figure. Per The Hollywood Reporter, here’s a synopsis:

“When California Gov. Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”

NBC’s Peacock is due to launch in April 2020 and along with its new slate of originals, will stream films from Universal, DreamWorks, and Focus Features. Punky Brewster will be in good company, but it’s up to viewers which services they want to buy in the streaming wars.