Peacock has released a new trailer for its Punky Brewster reboot. Soleil Moon Frye is returning to reprise her role as the title character, Penelope "Punky" Brewster in the upcoming revival of the once-popular 80s series. This time around, we'll be following Punky as a mom who is raising three kids. The trailer offers our best look yet at the show, which will be arriving on NBCUniversal's streaming service later this month.
The trailer kicks off with a couple of scenes from the original show before we catch up with Punky in the modern-day. She's all grown up now, but still wearing two different shoes to match her two different feet. We come to learn that Punky is recently single and is working as a photographer. She is also trying to convince her kids that she's still fun. There's a bit of a shake-up when Punky brings in a foster girl to join her already large family. It also seems things may not be totally through with Punky and her ex-husband Travis, played by Freddy Prinze Jr.
Punky Brewster is a continuation of the 80s sitcom of the same name about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad. Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self. The cast includes Soleil Moon Frye (Punky) and Cherie Johnson (Cherie) reprising their original roles. Quinn Copeland (Izzy), Noah Cottrell (Diego), Oliver De Los Santos (Daniel) and Lauren Lindsey Donzis (Hannah) round out the ensemble.
As more streaming services have popped up over the last year or so, competition has become fierce. The need to attract subscribers has forced these companies to look for familiar IP, which has resulted in quite a few remakes, reboots and reimaginings. In this case, we're getting a continuation of the 80s classic sitcom with a modern twist. It perhaps most closely mirrors what was done with Girl Meets World, a continuation of Boy Meets World, based on what we're seeing in this trailer.
All episodes of the original Punky Brewster are currently streaming on Peacock, for those who would like a refresher, or for anyone who missed out during its original run. The reboot is written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida (School of Rock, Grounded For Life). Frye serves as executive producer alongside original series creator David Duclon (Family Matters, Silver Spoons) and Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (The Arrangement, United Shades of America).
Peacock entered the streaming landscape last year in the hopes of giving NBCUniversal a dog in the fight. They are competing with the likes of Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and more, as well as Paramount+ in the near future. CBS All Access is being rebranded and expanded as Paramount+. The new Punky Brewster series premieres February 25 on the Peacock streaming service. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.