Back in the 80s, audiences were absolutely in love with the adventures of Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She was a precocious little girl who snuck into an empty apartment after being abandoned by her mother. She's eventually adopted by her landlord, the widowed Henry Wanimont, and starts a new life with new friends and classmates.
it was a show that, while funny, also took on some very serious issues like child abandonment (obviously), paternity rights, drug use, and even death! The show very famously ended with Punky and her classmates watching the Challenger disaster on TV, and having to discuss it afterwards.
While the show only lasted two seasons, it had a very dedicated fanbase that kept its syndication run consistently popular, and made something of an up-and-coming star out of its lead actor, Soleil Moon Frye.
Ever wonder where she went afterwards? Turns out she actually had a pretty interesting story!