The Best Episodes of Peanuts

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

Charles Schulz's classic comic strip Peanuts started in 1950. Fifteen years later, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted. When The Little Christmas Special that Could proved to be an unexpected success, the stage was set for successive television specials. To date, over forty have been made. The Charlie Brown specials focus on one round-headed kid, his goofy but intelligent beagle, and their vast array of friends. Each has distinctive qualities: Lucy, the crabby, self-proclaimed psychiatrist; Linus, the blanket-toting theologian; Schroeder, the Beethoven worshiper whose black piano keys are only painted on; Peppermint Patty, the tomboy whose affections toward "Chuck" are only outweighed by her sports abilities; and so on. The wit, the charm, the pleasantness of these specials make them appropriate not just for children, but for the whole family.

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown

#1 - What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 17

Having eaten too much, Snoopy dreams he's an Alaskan sled dog.

star 10.00
1 votes
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It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

#2 - It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 36

A collection of stories related to Christmas, where we can see Charlie Brown trying to raise money for his girlfriend or Sally and Peppermint Patty worried about their lines on the Christmas play, among other stories.

star 9.00
1 votes
A Charlie Brown Christmas

#3 - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 1

Good Grief! In the first Peanuts special, the gang celebrates Christmas. Charlie Brown, thinking Christmas is too commercialized, directs the school Christmas play. He learns it from Linus, who tells us all the true meaning of Christmas!

star 8.30
6 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

#4 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 3

Join the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween. Linus patiently waits in the pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, while Charlie is invited to a Halloween party and gets rocks in his trick-or-treat bag.

star 8.30
4 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown

#5 - Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 42

Charlie Brown trades Lucy to Peppermint Patty's baseball team in hopes of getting a better player and winning a few baseball games.

star 8.00
1 votes
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown

#6 - It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 35

The special follows the spring training of Charlie Brown's baseball team, which is having problems. A child named Leland joins the team. Lucy points out that they are the only team without uniforms, so Charlie Brown and his team train hard for the first game of the season. Thanks to Leland, Charlie Brown's team wins, 27 to 26, therefore getting their uniforms (A recycled plotline is that Leland is so short the other team's pitcher either constantly walks him or beans him in his batting helmet). However, the team loses their next game because Leland has to quit because their new uniforms are too big for him, with Charlie Brown saying at the end, "It's not how you look, it's how you play the game."

star 8.00
1 votes
She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

#7 - She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 19

Peppermint Patty prepares for a skating competition with Snoopy as her coach.

star 8.00
1 votes
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You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

#8 - You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 8

Linus runs for election as school body president, and is on his way to victory until he makes a speech about the Great Pumpkin.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

#9 - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Season 1 - Episode 10

The "Peanuts" gather around Charlie's ping-pong table for an unusual feast, even though he's going over to his grandmother's for dinner. But with Snoopy and Linus's help, he decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal!

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

#10 - It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 12

Easter is approaching, and the gang is getting ready. Sally wants new shoes, Peppermint Patty attempts to show Marcie how to color eggs, and Snoopy helps Woodstock with a new house. Linus, however, claims that all the work is unnecessary because the Easter Beagle will come.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Phil Roman
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

#11 - I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 43

An hour-long special. It centers on ReRun, Linus and Lucy's younger brother. It's Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun's big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However, Snoopy has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his brother Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like ReRun will have a dog for Christmas after all... but then the real trouble begins.

star 7.50
2 votes
Charlie Brown's All-Stars

#12 - Charlie Brown's All-Stars

Season 1 - Episode 2

After losing 999 games in a row, Charlie Brown's baseball team threatens to quit and spend the summer like normal kids (swimming, skateboarding, and jumping rope) until he announces that Hennessey's Hardware store will sponsor them, meaning they can get uniforms and play in a real league - but only if he'll take the girls and Snoopy off the team.

star 7.30
3 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales

#13 - Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales

Season 1 - Episode 41

A collection of five Christmas-themed animated shorts based directly on stories from the Peanuts comic strips, each focusing on a specific Peanuts character - Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and Sally.

star 7.00
1 votes
Snoopy's Reunion

#14 - Snoopy's Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 34

Charlie Brown notices that Snoopy is depressed. He then decides to cheer up Snoopy by hosting a reunion party with his brothers and sisters. The whole gang enthusiastically responds. We learn about their early days at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm and also of what happened to it.

star 7.00
1 votes
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He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown

#15 - He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Charlie Brown wants to send Snoopy back to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm for being disobedient, his dog hides at Peppermint Patty's house, which is fine for him--until she starts making him do chores.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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A Charlie Brown Valentine

#16 - A Charlie Brown Valentine

Season 1 - Episode 40

A special based on Valentine's Day and love themes material from the comic strip. Charlie Brown is jealous of Snoopy's many valentines cards; Charlie Brown tries to impress the little red-haired girl with a sharp pencil and gets caught in the pencil sharpener; and more.

star 7.00
1 votes
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

#17 - It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 6

The gang recalls their summer vacation when, after some failings when competing with the girls, the boys bring out the "Masked Marvel."

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

#18 - Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 13

With Valentine's Day approaching, the gang prepares in various ways. Charlie Brown waits at the mailbox, Linus buys a box of candy for his teacher (while Sally thinks it's for herself), Snoopy puts on a dramatic "Pawpet" show, and the school has a Valentine's Day party.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Phil Roman
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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It's Magic, Charlie Brown

#19 - It's Magic, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 21

Snoopy puts on a magic act. His tricks are failures, except for one--turning Charlie Brown invisible.

star 7.00
1 votes
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown

#20 - He's a Bully, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 44

The Peanuts gang is at summer camp, and Rerun has brought his marbles. Unfortunately, a talented bully takes advantage of Rerun and "teaches" him to play marbles, and takes all of them, including his grandfather's shooter, because he "won" them. Now it's up to Charlie Brown to win back Rerun's marbles.

star 7.00
1 votes
You're in Love, Charlie Brown

#21 - You're in Love, Charlie Brown

Season 1 - Episode 4

With the school year coming to an end, Charlie Brown tries to meet his dream girl, whom he only knows as "The Little Red Haired Girl". But his nervousness prevents him to go meet her upfront and all his attempts to impress her fail. His friends try to give him a helping hand, but things only get worse...

star 6.00
1 votes
Directors: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
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A Charlie Brown Celebration

#22 - A Charlie Brown Celebration

Season 1 - Episode 23

An one-hour special where Charles Schulz introduces the Peanuts Gang involved in a variety of activities, including dog-training classes, a baseball game, a field trip and more.

star 5.00
1 votes