was a 1984-88 Dom Com
about abandoned child Penelope "Punky" Brewster (her father walked out on her and her mom left Punky and her pet dog, Brandon, at a grocery store), played by Soleil Moon Frye, and her adoptive father, Henry, played by George Gaynes (best known for his role as Cmdt. Lassard in the Police Academy
movies). Also revolves around Punky's interactions with her best friend, Cherie Johnson, played by Cherie Johnson
(who later went on to play Laura Winslow's friend on Family Matters
), who lives with her grandmother, Betty, played by Susie Garrett. Punky's other friends include geeky Allen Anderson (Casey Ellison) and stuck-up rich girl Margaux Kramer (Ami Foster).Well-loved Kid Com
of The Eighties
(by kids, anyway—critics hated it), especially when it re-ran in syndication. Did a Very Special Episode
after the Challenger space shuttle explosion. Its Animated Adaptation
(featuring a magical furry creature named Glomer who was left in the real world after wandering out of his village, Chaundoon
located within a rainbow) also was shown on NBC.
The prime time and cartoon shows' were produced by NBC, the former co-produced with Lightkeeper Productions (creator-executive producer David W. Duclon's production company), the latter co-produced with Ruby-Spears
; Duclon later sold the prime time rights to Columbia Pictures Television (Sony Pictures Television) when it went into syndication, again co-produced with Lightkeeper Productions. Sony owns US rights, NBC owns international rights.
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