So Girl and I have been watching the first few episodes of Punky Brewster on Youtube. Why? If you haven't been paying attention here or here, I like my kids to like the things I used to like.
Girl loves this show, just like I did when I was in third grade. Also, very much like little me, she totally misses how thoroughly depressing this show actually is.
Like little me, Girl thinks Punky is awesome and funny and has a great sense of style. Since we started watching, I noticed that I have been subconsciously dressing my daughter in a very Punky-like fashion. I mean her shoes match, but I am do often dress her in loud colors with many layers (thankfully, she never wears brightly colored denim vests).
Anyhow back to the point, Punky Brewster is horribly depressing. It's the story about a little girl who's father left when she was a baby. She is then abandoned in a shopping center parking lot by her mom. She is living (suspiciously well-groomed for a homeless 7 year-old) in a vacant apartment when the world's grumpiest building manager discovers her and let's her stay with him in his very very messy apartment, and makes her eat TV dinners, stewed prunes and bran flakes. By the way, Girl is very adamant that Henry Warnimont reminds her of a certain guy, goes by the name Pelmo. Anyway throughout the episodes we've seen so far, Punky and Henry have had to fight to stay together because he is so old (60) and might croak any minute. She also has serious abandonment issues that have come up in almost every episode. I am not so sure that this show was actually meant for kids, because it really pushes the issue of how horrible the foster system is, and is by and large a really sad show. Granted we've only watched 8 episodes, but I think from what I remember it never stops.
Like I said though, Girl loves it. She misses most of the sad little abandon girl stuff and focuses on the awesome clothes, awesome bedroom, and general spunkiness of Punky. Though she was unhappy when Punky was taken away from Henry. She also asks where the mom is every episode.
Now I've got my doubts that any member of my family stuck around for this post, especially since they'd groan every time I wanted to watch Punky back in 1984.