Punky Brewster was a loveable, sassy, and spirited young girl with a wardrobe to match. Visions of colorful clothes, bright bandanas and mismatched sneakers come to mind when you hear her name. And don’t for get about those pig tails with the sun shaped ponytail holders!
The Punky look is all about layers, mismatched things, and bright colors (sort of like the 80s in general). Find some fun colored clothes and start mixing-and-matching.
Try some of these ideas.
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Just a little obsessed with all things 80s, Pia still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she runs a web design business.
Hey, do you know anything about the history of the Punky Brewster fandom? What the influential stories are? Who are the Big Name Fans are in the fandom? When and what happened in various Punky Brewster fandom fights? If so, I'd love it if you could edit the Punky Brewster fan fiction history wiki page to include that info. FanHistory.Com is fan fiction/fandom history wiki with all sorts of information and the more contributions it has, the better it will be.
I know we've been pretty quiet here..I guess it doesn't help that we're waiting for Season 3 to come out on DVD. nor is there any news on when it comes out! BOO. WE WANT PUNKY!
Anyway. school is keeping me so busy, but sometimes I just want a break from it, so during that time I want to work on some new icons. The question I'm asking is:
1. Are there any icons you would like to see in the future? i.e. certain characters, animated, specific text, etc.
If you would like to see a certain one made, post it - I'll gladly try to make it. ^_^
2. If you have a picture and want it made into an icon, post it here that way you get the one you want.
3. Friends Only Banners and such are welcome too.
So give me an idea of what you all want to see in the future and I'll try my best to get them done soon. ^_^
Also..I haven't seen any. but I know some are wondering if there are an of the Punky Episode available for download online. I'm still looking for them, but I might just take a few from my DVD's. If you've seen a site that offers them, feel free to post the link here.
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When I think of Punky Brewster, I think of a fearless fashion icon, a magnet for mischief, and a model of plucky individualism for girls of the ’80s and ’90s. And I know I’m not alone in this. A tribute by HelloGiggles to the actress who played Punky oozes with admiration, and more than a hint of envy: “We all wanted to be her, but Soleil Moon Frye actually was her.” Moon Frye herself reflects. “She was old school before old school was old school! She was hip-hop! She’s all about expressing individuality.” She’s inspired a modest catalog of fanfiction and a seemingly infinite scroll of Pinterest results.
It’s been 30 years since Punky Brewster premiered—the show debuted on Sept. 18, 1984, just a couple of days before The Cosby Show brought us one of TV’s great feminists —and I decided to mark the occasion by revisiting the character that inspired well-behaved younger me to dream a little more boldly. Brewster, I thought, embodied punk values, albeit ones that were packaged for a family-friendly audience. She fought the establishment (specifically, the Department of Child and Family Services) and embodied non-conformity (mismatched shoes!). Her signature phrase, “Punky Power,” invokes “girl power,” a term that, a few years after her arrival, became popular among feminist punks before going mainstream. Punky Brewster was a feminist icon. Right?
Well, not exactly. Punky did embody aspects of both punk and feminist thinking, it turns out. But she was trapped inside a show that was all about reinforcing mainstream middle class values circa 1984. This was, after all, the mid-1980s, the throes of the family values era, when Reagan Republican Alex P. Keaton s omehow spawned from hippie parents. For the uninitiated, the premise of Punky Brewster is that after 8-year-old Penelope “Punky” Brewster is abandoned by her mother at a shopping center, she takes up residence in an empty Chicago apartment. She and her impossibly obedient golden retriever, Brandon, are soon discovered by building manager Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), who eventually becomes her foster parent. In the first five minutes alone, we’re introduced to a sassy black woman (Susie Garrett as neighbor Mrs. Johnson) who seems unlikely to transcend the stereotype she plays, and we witness multiple instances of fat-shaming (“You could spray-paint a novel on your underwear!” Henry says to Mrs. Johnson). The first few episodes’ portrayal of the foster care system comes across like a cheery, wildly unrealistic antidote to the poor orphan story in Oliver Twist .
But no one remembers this show for its screenwriting, or as a pioneer in on-screen representations of race and gender. Punky Brewster the show was a vehicle for Punky Brewster the character. Most episodes, though, feature two Punkys: the one who defies the rules, and the one who ultimately gets put in her place. And this second Punky nullifies everything the first one stands for.
The first Punky regularly expresses anti-authoritarian values. Many of the episodes begin with her committing some sort of transgression: She uses Henry’s camcorder without permission, breaks it, and lies about how the lens got cracked. She cheats on a test and lies about it until she gets caught. She runs away when she feels like a burden to Henry and his new girlfriend. But these scenarios invariably end with an admission of guilt, an apology, and promise to behave better in the future.
In one of Punky’s more feminist-leaning episodes, “My Aged Valentine ,” she disavows the notion of having valentines at all. More specifically, she rejects her schoolmate Conrad, who’s expressed an interest in being hers. When he kisses her on the cheek despite her protestations, she gives him a nice shiner in return. Even after being forced to apologize, she continues to assert that she doesn’t need a man in her life. “I can jump higher than most boys in my class,” she says. “I can hit harder, and I can spit farther. What do I need a boy for?” The episode ends with Henry explaining that she might not want one now, but she should keep her heart open to the possibility of love in the future. “I have a hunch you may think differently someday,” he tells her. “If you keep your heart open, you make room for someone to come into it.” Thus, Punky’s girl power is presented as temporary, part of a childish tomboy phase.
Punky ends up being not so different, really, from another popular TV character who arrived a few years after her: Michelle Tanner, the youngest child on Full House. famously played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and best known for her catchphrases (“You got it, dude!”). Michelle, too, is motherless, attracted to trouble, and always set straight at the end of the episode. The only thing she’s missing is the nonconformist wardrobe.
Punky Brewster could have been a breath of fresh air in a conservative TV era, but mismatched shoes do not a riot grrl make. She was a pioneer trapped in a fictional world that wouldn’t let her flourish. So we can appreciate her for the spirited and creatively styled little girl she was. But mostly we should be thankful that she helped pave the way for the Buffys and the Blossoms that followed.
Eliza Berman is a writer in New York. Follow her on Twitter.
Put on a pair of loose-fitting, wide-legged jeans with holes beginning to form in one or both knees. Hold the jeans up with a yellow belt, ideally one that is a bit too long and dangles in the front when tightened. Roll up one or both pant legs up to the calf. Tie a bandanna around the thigh of one leg.
Wear two different striped socks, each striped in bold colors. Put the mismatched shoes on over the socks.
Put on an outdated long-sleeved sweater, T-shirt or polo shirt decorated in color blocks; three or more colors are typical for a Punky Brewster style. Many shirts from the 1980s and early 1990s fit the style.
Decorate an orange or pink vest with several pins, including a large heart. Put the vest on over the shirt or sweater, then place the whistle lariat around your neck.
Pull your hair into pigtails, holding each pigtail in place with barrettes or hairbands decorated with a bright yellow smiling sun or flower.
A quarter century ago, on May 27, 1988, fans said goodbye to the freckle-faced, mismatched, puppy-loving titular character of "Punky Brewster."
The series ended with the only family left in Punky's life -- her golden retriever Brandon -- getting married to his fellow canine Brenda in the courtyard of their apartment building. Kibble was thrown, boas were worn and barks sounded throughout Chicago. Check out a clip below.
The show may have only lasted four seasons, but "Punky Brewster" left a lasting impression and made pre-teen Soleil Moon Frye, who played the little leading lady, a household name.
In 1989, she co-hosted "Girl Talk," based on the board game of the same name and co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the show only lasted one season.
After a decade of being known only as Punky Brewster, Frye made her triumphant return to TV in Season 5 of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She'd had stints on "The Wonder Years," "Saved by the Bell" and "Friends," but the then-WB series made her a series regular again. On the show's final three seasons, Frye played Roxie King, Sabrina's very close friend and mortal roommate during her college years, playing opposite her longtime friend and series producer Melissa Joan Hart.
After the show ended in 2003, Frye turned her focus to motherhood. She and her husband Jason Goldberg, a television producer, have two daughters: seven-year-old Poet Sienna Rose and five-year-old Jagger Joseph Blue. She's since worked on children's projects, voicing Jade in the "Bratz" franchise and Aseefa in "Planet Sheen," the 2010 spinoff of "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."
Click through the slideshow below to see Soleil Moon Frye from her early "Punky Brewster" days until today.