The Best Episodes of Peanuts
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
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.
#1 - What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
Season 1 - Episode 17
Having eaten too much, Snoopy dreams he's an Alaskan sled dog.
#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.
#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!
#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.
#6 - 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!
#7 - 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.
#8 - She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
Season 1 - Episode 19
Peppermint Patty prepares for a skating competition with Snoopy as her coach.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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."
#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.
#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.
#13 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#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.
#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...
#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.