It's Punky Brewster

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It's Punky Brewster
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Voices of Casey Ellison
Ami Foster
Soleil Moon Frye
George Gaynes
Cherie Johnson
Frank Welker
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Enterprises
NBC Productions
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 14, 1985 – December 6, 1986

It's Punky Brewster is an animated spin-off of the live action television show Punky Brewster. The show was animated by Ruby-Spears Productions.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

It's Punky Brewster featured the voices of the original Punky Brewster cast as their respective characters. A new character, known as Glomer (voiced by Frank Welker), was added as the "leprechaun gopher". Glomer came from Chaundoon, a city at the end of the rainbow and possessed various magical powers. One such power was the ability to transport Punky and her friends, Margaux, Cherie, and Allen, and at times her beloved dog, Brandon, to any part of the Earth instantly. Some episodes included Glomer having to correct his own mistakes, as when he plays around with magic and transforms Henry into a statue of Julius Caesar. It's Punky Brewster is the show's unofficial name; on the show itself and in TV listings, it was simply called Punky Brewster.

In season 2, shows 4 through 13 had a first-run episode and a repeat from the first season. The show was canceled in September 1987 but returned in replays in October 1988 after NBC's live action pre-teen show 2 Hip 4 TV was canceled. Selected episodes were syndicated as a revolving feature of DIC's Maxie's World show in 1989.

Episode guide[edit]

Season 1 (1985)[edit]

# Title Air Date
1.1a "Punky To The Rescue" 1985-09-14
Punky persuades Henry into taking a photography job over a Florida swamp. Punky and the gang tag along (thanks to Glomer) and she thinks Henry may get caught by a swamp monster.
1.1b "The Quartersize Quarterback" 1985-09-14
Glomer gives Allen the abilities of a professional football quarterback.
1.2a "The Gold Rush" 1985-09-21
Glomer accidentally sets Bad Barney, an evil leprechaun, free from a plate.
1.2b "Phar Out Pharaoh" 1985-09-21
Glomer takes the kids to ancient Egypt to return a necklace Margaux has. Margaux is mistaken to be an Egyptian princess.
1.3a "Pretty Ugly" 1985-09-28
Just before a fancy party at the Bigelow estate, Glomer turns Margaux's face into a glomley face.
1.3b "Glomer's Story" 1985-09-28
Punky recalls the day she met Glomer.
1.4a "Brandon The Dialogue Dog" 1985-10-05
Glomer gives Brandon (Punky's dog) the gift of gab. A magazine writer sees this and tries to get rich off him.
1.4b "Winning Isn't Everything" 1985-10-05
Punky and her pals scheme to win a TV set at a department store contest.
1.5a "Punky Wise And Pound Foolish" 1985-10-12
Punky buys a baseball glove with the money she was supposed to use for Brandon's license. Brandon is locked in a pound and subsequently sold to a rodeo clown.
1.5b "Christmas In July" 1985-10-12
Glomer takes the kids to Santa's workshop.
1.6a "Return To Chaundoon" 1985-10-19
The rainbow gateway to Chaundoon appears. Glomer takes Punky with him only to find everyone asleep due to the town clock being stolen.
1.6b "A Small Mistake" 1985-10-19
Glomer's beverage makes the kids shrink.
1.7a "Halloween Howlers" 1985-10-26
Glomer spends Halloween with Punky and the kids. He turns everyone who doesn't give him a treat into a jack-o-lantern.
1.7b "The Perils Of Punky" 1985-10-26
Glomer transports the kids into an adventure movie.
1.8a "Glomer Punks Out" 1985-11-02
A sleazy record producer wants to sign up Glomer's musical act.
1.8b "Louvre Affair" 1985-11-02
Glomer turns Henry into a statue bound for the Louvre museum in Paris.
1.9a "Growing Pain" 1985-11-09
Pepperoni pizza makes Glomer grow. Punky tries to find a way to reduce him.
1.9b "Double Your Punky" 1985-11-09
While Punky is at a school picnic, Glomer creates a clone of Punky from a photograph to keep him company at home. But the clone is obnoxious, and Glomer accidentally zaps the sweet Punky back into the photo. When the two Punkys finally lock horns, it's Brandon who sniffs out the true one.
1.10a "Spellbound" 1985-11-16
Punky is in Washington for the National Spelling Bee, where Glomer zaps a bee with the ability to make people spell out words.
1.10b "The Shoe Must Go On" 1985-11-16
Glomer makes Cherie a pair of shoes that help her to dance. School diva Leonora Crump wants the shoes for herself.
1.11a "Switchin' Places" 1985-11-23
To impress a girl, Allen switches bodies with Glomer.
1.11b "How The Midwest Was Won" 1985-11-23
Glomer takes himself, Punky, Brandon and Allen to Chicago in 1803, where a fur poacher Pierre LePelt tries to prevent the city's development.
1.12a "Any Wish Way You Can" 1985-11-30
The wish spell Glomer intended for Punky hits Margaux instead. Margaux wishes to be a queen with the others her servants.
1.12b "The Bermuda Tangle" 1985-11-30
In the dead of winter, Glomer takes the kids to a tropical island then loses his powers after getting hit in the head with a coconut.
1.13a "Unidentified Flying Glomer" 1985-12-07
A pet groomer pursues Glomer after seeing him chasing a bird.
1.13b "Fish Story" 1985-12-07
To help Punky win the role of a mermaid in a school play, Glomer turns her into an actual mermaid.

Season 2 (1986)[edit]

# Title Air Date
2.1a "Little Orphan Punky" 1986-09-13
A social worker removes Punky from Henry's home and puts her in a home where little girls are being used as slave labor for a candy factory.
2.1b "Punky's Millions" 1986-09-13
Punky and her pals compete on a TV show spending a million dollars in order to win a jackpot.
2.2a "Punky, Snow White And The Seven Dwarves" 1986-09-20
Glomer brings the characters from the "Snow White" story out of the book.
2.2b "Punky The Heiress" 1986-09-20
Punky's aunt and uncle use her to embezzle an heiress' fortune.
2.3a "Fair Feathered Friend" 1986-09-27
Glomer is jealous of a little bird Punky is nursing to health.
2.3b "Be My Glomley" 1986-09-27
A female glomley may be the key to Glomer's return to Chaundoon.
2.4 "All In Henry's Family" 1986-10-04
Henry visits his eccentric sisters, bringing Punky and Cherie with him. Aired with first season episode "Double Your Punky."
2.5 "Call Me Ms." 1986-10-11
Punky is tired of being treated like a child, so Glomer turns her into an adult. Aired with first season episode "Winning Isn't Everything."
2.6 "Punky P.I." 1986-10-18
Punky opens a detective agency at school. Aired with first season episode "Unidentified Flying Glomer."
2.7 "Mississippi Mud" 1986-10-25
Glomer takes the kids to a turn-of-the-century riverboat in Mississippi. Aired with first season episode "Halloween Howlers."
2.8 "Punky's Little Acre" 1986-11-01
Margaux makes a mess of things at the farm of Punky's pen pal. Aired with first season episode "A Small Mistake."
2.9 "Camp Confusion" 1986-11-08
It's Camp Tumbleweeds vs. Camp Towering Pines in athletic competition. Aired with first season episode "Punky Wise And Pound Foolish."
2.10 "Bright Eyes" 1986-11-15
Cherie's deaf friend Danny wants to keep a lost puppy. Aired with first season episode "Phar Out Pharaoh."
2.11 "Mother Of The Year" 1986-11-22
Tensions arise when Glomer creates a glomley-fueled mother for Punky. Aired with first season episode "The Shoe Must Go On."
2.12 "Allen Who?" 1986-11-29
Glomer grants Allen's wish of never having been born. Aired with first season episode "Spellbound."
2.13 "Caught In The Act" 1986-12-06
After Henry spots him in the kitchen, Glomer gives Henry amnesia just before an important photography assignment. Aired with first season episode "Switchin' Places."

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

DVD/VHS releases[edit]

The show is available on DVD as part of the Punky Brewster DVD releases. Each season also contains a certain number of episodes from the animated series as a bonus feature. Due to music rights issues, "The Shoe Must Go On" is the only episode not released on DVD in the season box sets released by Shout! Factory. A song that played in this episode was the theme to Beverly Hills Cop.[2] It may be possible that this is the music that Shout! Factory had some issues with. The show was also released on VHS in 1985, and several different tapes were made.

Popular culture[edit]

  • It's Punky Brewster was parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "But Not In That Way" (aired Feb. 8, 2009) with Soleil Moon Frye reprising Punky Brewster, Henry P. Warnimont voiced by Seth Green and Glomer voiced by Tom Kane.
  • Susie Garrett, who played Cherie's grandmother Betty, and T.K. Carter, who played Mike, are the only regular cast members of the live action show that didn't appear in the animated version.

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