* EarWorm: ''Every time I TURN AROUND!...''
* HeyItsThatGuy: Timothy Stack appears in one episode.
** [[Film/TheMonsterSquad Brent Chalam]] in another.
* HilariousInHindsight: Punky getting her first bra would be this when Soleil famously got a breast reduction at 16 because of [[GagBoobs gigantomastia]].
** I think she got it down to a C, which is still big enough to warrant an underwire.
** Lampshaded in an episode of RobotChicken: Punky discovers boys and gets Glomer to give her bigger breasts. Soleil even voices the stop-action Punky.
** On the Jenny Jones Show, a couple years after she got her breast reduction, Soleil Moon Frye burst into tears, recounting how her classmates had given her the nickname "Chunky Boobster".
** Punky has the same surname as the protagonist of ''BrewstersMillions''. Read that book and watch the animated episode "Punky's Millions".
** Oh, [[Westernanimation/DextersLaboratory Mandark's]] personalty is similar to Eddie Malvin's (Funny thing is that both of them are played by the same person).
* NightmareFuel: The notorious "[[BizarroEpisode Perils of Punky]]" two-parter. No child in their right mind tunes into the afternoon reruns of ''Punky Brewster'' and expects to see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p46G-NeU3w this]]. [[BizarroEpisode Blam.]]
** A bit more subtle, but there were a few [[DeusAngstMachina angsty episodes]] that worked a number on younger viewers, such as the aforementioned Challenger episode.
*** The abruptness of the cut in the middle of the Challenger episode is pretty scary- they're in class with Mike (their teacher) saying "A lady teacher's going up on the shuttle! I'm going to bring my TV so we can watch!" and all of the kids are cheering. Then, the very next thing we see is Punky rushing into her home crying. [[WhamEpisode Wham]].
** "Urban Fear," an episode about a serial killer making his way through Chicago, causing Punky to fear for Henry's life. The entire episode is ''much'' darker than the show's usual output, and they [[{{Nothing Is Scarier}} never show the killer getting caught.]]
* TearJerker: Punky pleading for Brandon to pull through in "I Love You Brandon" (and her subsequent empathy for the passing of the dog of a fellow pet owner); Punky's emotional pain following the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger ("Accidents Happen"); her goodbye to Allen in "Divorce, Anderson Style"; Cherie's catharsis upon visiting her parents' graves in "The Anniversary."
** In the cartoon episode "Punky To The Rescue," tears stream down Punky's face as she feels that "I guess I wasn't meant to have a family" upon feeling that she and the kids will never find Henry who is lost in the swamp.
** And the infamous ''Challenger'' episode, especially since it came out two months after the the disaster happens, so the trauma was still pretty fresh. On top of that, it was based on Solei Moon Frye's own reaction to the incident.
* UglyCute: When Glomer turns Margaux's face into a glomley face in "Pretty Ugly" (animated series).
* TheWoobie: Julie (played by a pre-''Full House'' Candace Cameron), from the episode "Milk Does A Body Good."
** In "The Search," you just want to cradle Punky in your arms when she tearfully confides to Henry "I want my mother!"