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The ‘Punky Brewster’ When The Challenger Space Shuttle Exploded

(gentle music) – [Narrator] Brandon’s unwinding with a little National Puppy Radio while Punky’s bed blogging. A couple weeks back some shit went down. All the way down. Henry suggested she blog
about it to feel better. – What made me so sad was that the space shuttle blew up. – [Narrator] This better be
one hell of a blog, folks. It all started with some
extremely cute dog magic. Punky loves magic, she
made her parents disappear. Her next trick? Slobbery slight of hand to ease
viewers into this hellscape. Punky says tomorrow’s career day. It’s gonna be fuckin’ sick, bruh. Henry says this is a
perfect time for a present he’s been waiting to give her orphan ass. It’s a camera. A really old camera. – It’s the first camera I ever used. – It looks like the first
camera anybody ever used. (audience laughs) – [Narrator] Ah, the
joys of adopting a child just so she can roast you. Punky’s not interested
in prehistoric Instagram. And Henry can put that nice camera all the way inside his butt because she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. But first more dog magic. Brandon wants to show Henry his new trick. Henry reluctantly agrees
to see a dog attempt magic. I mean obviously this ain’t gonna happen. (audience laughing) – That’s amazing! Good boy. – [Narrator] Yo, that is not
the appropriate response level when a motherfucking dog does motherfucking magic, like not even close. Career day’s popping off. Ballerinas and clowns and doctors, oh my! Freddy wants to be Batman
before he got a real costume. Allan brought a gun to school, when he grows up he
wants to be the future. Margeaux wants to be the
prize lady on a game show. But does she have what it takes? (kids laugh) – Peasants! – [Narrator] A star is born. And Punky wants to go to
Coachella with her dog. But since they don’t let
dogs in to Coachella, she’ll settle for being an astronaut. She wants to discover new planets where she also has no parents. And Brandon wants to be the first hound to chew his ass on Mars. Now all the kids wanna be astronauts. Because they’re dumb and Job Halloween is a giant waste of time. Mike says this is the best
week to get stoked on space. The Challenger shuttle’s
launching with a teacher on board. – I’m gonna bring my television and we can all watch the launch together, would you like that? – [Kids] Yeah! – [Narrator] I’ve got a
great feeling about this. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. – We were watching the
space shuttle take off and– – Yes? (somber music) – It exploded. – [Narrator] Henry wonders
if perhaps an antique camera might dry those tears. – The shuttle exploded? Are you sure? – [Narrator] The fuck kind
of question is that Henry? He tries to see for himself,
but Punky says please, no. She hates re-runs. Punky says the class counted
down to launch and cheered. Then stopped cheering 73 seconds later. – All of a sudden, there was a big flash, and smoke went in all directions. – Yes? – [Narrator] For a
professional photographer, Henry sure is taking a
while to get the picture. Punky says Mike turned it off
and everyone started to cry. Then they said a prayer for the astronauts and also the TV writers who will be asked to tackle this tomorrow. Punky demands answers. Why? Henry says sometimes bad
things happen to good people. So those astronauts must’ve been some really, really good people. Mike’s reviewing for their
tragedy midterm on the floor, because lately it seems
like the further you get from the ground the more
likely it is you’ll explode. – I kept hoping they’d go to a commercial, when they came back, the
astronauts would be saved by Mr. T. – [Narrator] I pity the
fool who has to raise Allan. Punky thinks they were brave. Mike agrees and tells the class they should all be proud of
these courageous explorers. Allan’s dad says this is
gonna be the end of NASA. Mike tells Allan his dad’s an alcoholic. Margeaux bets the next
time they ask a teacher to go to space, they’ll say no. Mike says he’d do it in a second because she wildly overestimates
the quality of life for a public educator in America. These traumatized youths no
longer want to be astronauts. Then they gang up on Punky for
still wanting to go to space. Because it’s not bad enough
she watched her heroes burn to death in the
sky on live television, now she’s getting clowned
on for having dreams. Meanwhile a palate-cleansing B-story about Henry helping Betty with a dress. One small who cares for man, one giant oh my god who cares for mankind. Knock knock, Houston, we have a cameo. – Betty Johnson, meet Buzz Aldrin. – [Narrator] Betty is
thrilled to meet Buzz. And wants to know if those
YouTube documentaries about aliens and shit are for real, right after she grabs Punky. Mike says Buzz was in town for a lecture and he told him all about Punky. And Buzz dropped everything
to cheer up this emo orphan. Buzz said he heard Punky
wants to be an astronaut but now her friends think she’s cray cray. Growing up, a lot of kids
called Buzz cray cray, too, but he showed all those stupid assholes. Buzz says astronauts are explorers. And explorers are often labeled loony. Like Columbus when people
thought the earth was flat. Or the visionary who first
milked a cow and drank it. You know that guy caught
some heat out of the gate. Buzz gives Punky a Young Astronaut shirt. She can wear it to let bullies know she loves math and science to streamline their locker
shoving selection process. Brandon wants to be a
young astronaut, too. Because he’s not giving up on his dreams of zero gravity lipstick licks. Punky concludes her blog saying, meeting Buzz Aldrin was all kinds of tits. And a little shuttle moping will not stand in the way of her plan to
blast off on all her haters. So what did we learn today? Be careful what you wish for. Because if you wish to
one day be an astronaut, you might see a spaceship explode before the next commercial break. And the world is a scary
place where sometimes, good people explode for
no discernible reason. But you can’t let that or a room full of indecisive peers
stop you from your goals. And if you’re doing an episode
about horrific tragedy, lead with dog magic, throw some costume kids in the middle, and close with an old guy wearing a dress. And there’s nothing, and I mean nothing, that can’t be fixed with a free t-shirt. See you next time on
A very special episode. (whirs and creaks)


Funny Or Die

Aug 8, 2018, 2:21 pm Reply

Previously on A Very Special Episode: The 'Diff'rent Strokes' with the Bicycle Man child molester

Daniel Russell

Jul 7, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

That shirt would catch her a fortune today on eBay.

Super Andy

Jul 7, 2019, 5:42 am Reply

"The fuck kind of question is that?" hahaahha

The Flayed Man

Jul 7, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply

I remember it disrupting a the 2nd part of a GI Joe 2 part episodes. I was so pissed. Snakeyes was to fight Skeletons in a castle, but I would never find out

boy named sue

Jul 7, 2019, 1:23 am Reply

NASA need another seven astronauts

J Ygb

Jul 7, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

Is this the same girl who plays Screech’s gold digging “girlfriend” in the sbtb episode where they make spaghetti sauce?

Randall Idell

Jul 7, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

God, I remember watching this episode on TV as a kid.

General Disorder

Jul 7, 2019, 6:42 am Reply

You didn't watch that live. It wasn't very funny watching it live


Jul 7, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

Then the astronaughts fucking died

Marshall Posey

Jul 7, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

Screech sabotaged the shuttle

Hank Rogers

Jul 7, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

Neil > Buzz

William Shaw

Jul 7, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

The picture shown in Punky's presentation is of Sally Ride, not Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died in the Challenger accident.

Flying Hellfish

Jul 7, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

My dad found out the Challenger disaster when he called my mom during his lunch break. She was naturally in tears. My dad claims he was devastated (I'm sure he was) but admits to thinking "how can I steer this sad conversation into a reminder to tape Miami Vice tonight?"

Kyla Gordon

Jul 7, 2019, 12:13 am Reply

“Punky loves magic, she maid her parents disappear” ??? I’m screaminggggg

Earl Hildebrand

Jul 7, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

Holy shit! Do they put Buzz Aldrin on ice when he isn't making public appearances!? The guy looks just a few years older 30+ years later.


Jul 7, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

Omg I loved this show

Peter MacDonough

Jul 7, 2019, 10:41 pm Reply

"Ah the joys of adopting a child so they can roast you!!" Im adopted and that was fucking hilarious!!!! Lol

alien messiah

Jul 7, 2019, 10:48 pm Reply

so this is the punkle brewsty? i dun heard mad smack bout this lil elf but never stepped to til literally today right now. my tv game just stepped up to a whole new level. where have i been the last 20 years? … oh yea…. getting high on that felony criminal possession, damn dawg i gotta straighten out whatever i got left in my life or ima be that fool mackin at dunkin real talk

mr Brown

Jul 7, 2019, 12:30 am Reply

Is this the episode where he gets a blowjob from a bubble gum chewing hooker under the podium while Mahoney stands there winking at him and staring him in the eye while he gets his bell-end chewed on?

David Brothers

Jul 7, 2019, 2:42 am Reply

Henry played the commandant in police academy the guy who got blown by the hooker standing at the podium funniest scene in that movie.

You don’t get to be offended by science!

Jul 7, 2019, 8:41 pm Reply

I remember this episode. Damn it's crazy looking back at it now.

RaIdErNaTiOn 74

Jul 7, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

How about the episode of Growing Pains when Mike has the racist boss at the convenience store?

Manavi Ghosh

Jul 7, 2019, 8:55 am Reply

"Please, no; She hates re-runs."

Eddie S

Jul 7, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

"Allen brings a gun to school." Oh boy…

R. Daniel Flores

Jul 7, 2019, 4:10 pm Reply

Shit this was depressing


Jul 7, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

That dog did magic? I mean… that's it. Fuck space and fuck NASA. The world might have won right there.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:10 am Reply

This isn't as good as the episode of Punky Brewster on the morning of 9/11

R. Whitaker

Jul 7, 2019, 7:24 pm Reply

Don't feel too bad, little girl. It was fake!

Dustin B

Jul 7, 2019, 2:01 am Reply

Great acting from home improvement followed by the worst acting ever …what even is this show?

Travis Mattson

Jul 7, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

For real though, what lunatic thought that drinking the liquid that squirts out of a cows tits was a good idea?


Jul 7, 2019, 2:12 am Reply

wondering if she was still a child in the early 2000s would she suddenly get a desire to watch the twin towers on September for no particular reason.

Kurt Springer

Jul 7, 2019, 6:12 am Reply

I was in highschool when this happened ?

Neesha & Company

Jul 7, 2019, 12:54 pm Reply

Discover new planets where she has no parents lmfaooo lol lml son??? son lmaoo


Jul 7, 2019, 1:50 pm Reply

“Watched her heroes burn to death in the sky on live tv” is the most hilarious and grim thing I’ve ever heard

Stephen Greico

Jul 7, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

It’s gonna be FUCKinnnn Sick Bruh!


Jul 7, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

“Punky loves magic…she made her parents disappear”??


Jul 7, 2019, 1:57 am Reply


Willis Mac

Jul 7, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

Man, there are so many great jokes in here that are coming so fast I can barely keep up. This is great humor. Oh Punky, oh Punky, you have a dog named Brandon


Jul 7, 2019, 1:30 pm Reply

I remember my mom made me watch pinky brewster

gold dust woman

Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 pm Reply

I forgot that punky used to project her voice like she was in a school play

Jeff Anderson

Jul 7, 2019, 9:07 pm Reply

You forgot the part where the ACLU sued the school district because fuck you for praying in school.

The Great Dragon

Jul 7, 2019, 9:17 pm Reply

I'm surprised Buzz Aldrin didn't knock out Punky's haters.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:39 am Reply

My mom actually had a similar experience. Her whole middle school were all gathered around a TV set up in the gym when it happened.

Cerulean Sealpup

Jul 7, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

It be funny as hell if you did that annoying teen show..the fosters..


Jul 7, 2019, 10:41 pm Reply

Punky was played by Vanessa Bayer


Jul 7, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

I recently read an article that said, based on the way the shuttle broke up, most of the astronauts in the shuttle were probably still alive and conscious after the explosion and likely could see that they were falling and going to crash.

Mystical Catnip

Jul 7, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

roxie from sabrina

Linda Easley

Jul 7, 2019, 8:55 am Reply

" The Shuttle exploded ? Are you sure ? "
Well if it didn't that sure was the craziest ass fireworks I ever saw

Ken S.

Jul 7, 2019, 12:43 pm Reply

I got a good feeling about this
I got a bad feeling about this

Mike Attard

Jul 7, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply

The line "because lately it seems like the further you get from the ground the more likely it is you'll explode" made me lose it! LOL


Jul 7, 2019, 5:51 pm Reply

She wildly overestimates the quality of life for a public educator in america… LMAO


Jul 7, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

What's crazy is I actually have clearer memories of watching this episode of Punky Brewster the first time it aired then the actual Challenger explosion. I'm pretty sure I saw that live, but I hated watching any kind of news and I was like 4 so I probably wasn't actually paying attention.

ki ki

Jul 7, 2019, 1:41 am Reply

I watch this punky Brewster too much

Brandon M Smells

Jul 7, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

Plot twist, the challenger crew is still alive because space travel is a hoax. Look it up


Jul 7, 2019, 6:41 am Reply

Brandon wants to be the first dog to chew his ass on Mars!!!!

Roberto Ortiz

Jul 7, 2019, 10:32 am Reply

"When a mother f*cking dog does mother f*cking magic!"
Hahahahaha hahahaha OMG! Hahaha!

Cersei Lannister’s Wet Nurse

Jul 7, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

The dogs name is Brandon? That's the sweetest thing I've ever experienced.

Otter Green

Jul 7, 2019, 3:21 pm Reply

Zero gravity lipstick licks

Jason Shoots

Jul 7, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

I was 8 years old when the shuttle blew up.

Christie Perry

Aug 8, 2019, 3:57 pm Reply

How did that old guy not know? My mom was at work and she knew!

M Fletch

Aug 8, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

Lololol prehistoric Instagram lollolol

Chloe Easterling

Aug 8, 2019, 4:50 pm Reply

Whoever writes the commentary is savage and the voice over delivery is just funny. ???

Alex Mazurek

Aug 8, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

1:58 I think I’ll pass teach

Chris Henniker

Aug 8, 2019, 9:57 am Reply

The first news bulletin that broke the story was BBC 1's Newsround, a children's news bulletin.

Dom Trussardi

Aug 8, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

80s shows and movies went there. Not much PC culture back then.

Professer 001

Aug 8, 2019, 3:44 am Reply

Let’s watch the challenger

Everyone watching this in the 21st century:…..yea. It’s good cough

Little Pumpkin Pie Hair-Cutted Freak

Aug 8, 2019, 8:32 am Reply

Margo?…you mean Amy Schumer!
Brandon wants to know why em USSR A-Holes orbited Laika!

Jacint Short

Aug 8, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

This child was beyond lovely


Aug 8, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

Punky was my first crush.

fearlessly and forever

Aug 8, 2019, 11:23 pm Reply

my mom saw the challenger explode. she was watching it on TV at school when it happened. that seems so
t r a u m a t i c


Aug 8, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

This episode is so serious but the narration has me laughing so hard

Anthony Nigro

Aug 8, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

The fucked up thing is challenger was a major hoax. Nobody was on that rocket. And they used television programming to pull at the heart stings by using lil kids


Aug 8, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

Do friends 🙂

A little bit of Bella !

Aug 8, 2019, 2:05 am Reply


Michelle Barns

Aug 8, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

They knew the Earth was round when Columbus sailed, he thought it was pear shaped and much smaller than it was…


Aug 8, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

Not gonna lie- the way she explained what happened, watching it at school, boom, tv off, prayer for the astronauts- that's how it went down for me. It was seriously fucked up- and schools didn't show live launches again after that…

Kevin Nelson

Aug 8, 2019, 8:32 am Reply

Meanwhile at Houston Control, shit's about to get real.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

Who's this fucking dick talking over shit in the background?

Derrick McAdoo

Aug 8, 2019, 8:54 pm Reply

More Family Matters, please.

RG gameplayshow

Aug 8, 2019, 1:09 am Reply

A punky era muito bonita

Milli Macro

Aug 8, 2019, 6:48 am Reply

Don’t let the challenger explosion distract you from the fact Zach Morris is trash

Milli Macro

Aug 8, 2019, 6:49 am Reply

When I was a kid we saw the twin towers blow up


Aug 8, 2019, 11:15 am Reply

These serious episodes of sitcoms always bothered me.


Aug 8, 2019, 9:16 pm Reply

The earth is flat

J. Angus

Aug 8, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

You guys. The Fresh Prince where Carlton takes adderall.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

Am I the only person freaked out about the brainwashery of sit com reaction episodes of this event? I mean … And I don't recall but did they do sit com episodes about the twin towers? Maybe…. They did do commercial ads. Anyway just seems off to make us time in to see how our TV famillys set the tone for us.

Desiree Johnson

Aug 8, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

Lmaoooooooooo “his dads an alcoholic”

donnie watermelon pls

Aug 8, 2019, 8:55 am Reply

I was watching this with my friend and she said of course she wants to be an astronaut she's asian i started laughing and crying but not because of the same reason

Watson Satot

Aug 8, 2019, 8:05 am Reply

Though this show meant nothing to me then, I realized how creepy it is when I watched now.


Aug 8, 2019, 10:23 pm Reply

@4:18 This is true, I work for NASA and we had to edit out the footage of Buzz on the Moon when he first sets foot on the lunar surface, he turns to the camera and yells: "Fuck you Robert Smith!! In 3rd grade, you said I was a fool for wanting to be a pilot and go into space. Well, now I'm on the Moon, MOTHER FUCKER, and you're an alcoholic whose wife is sleeping with the mailman!" He then turns to Armstrong and says: "Beautiful view."

delta squad4577

Aug 8, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

No way were they allowed to say a prayer in a public school.

A De Leon

Aug 8, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

the commentary… omg rotfl


Aug 8, 2019, 11:14 pm Reply

Fun fact: Carol Spinney (who puppeteered Big Bird) was almost on the challenger shuttle

Robert Alf

Aug 8, 2019, 4:16 pm Reply

I never saw that show! And it's a shame that it isn't avaivable on DVD here in Germany!

Kelly Farmer

Aug 8, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

Loved Punky


Aug 8, 2019, 2:01 am Reply

I was her age when that happened too. I remember my teacher taking the whole class outside to watch the blast off. So because we live in Florida and where we live in Florida we could see the shuttles taking off. I remember seeing the shuttle blow up in the sky. It was tramatizing.

savvy creations

Aug 8, 2019, 11:55 am Reply

"Lately it seems like the further you get from the ground, the more likely you are to explode," was hilarious.

I. Wynn Wynn

Aug 8, 2019, 9:49 am Reply

Buzz is scary and creepy as hell

Anthony Madril

Aug 8, 2019, 11:52 pm Reply

The first guy to milk a cow and drink it.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:39 pm Reply

Yeah, Challenger exploding really messed with a lot of kids… that said I do appreciate Funny or Die finding humor in this event that really messed with some kids. Glad we can laugh at this now

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