A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This first premiered on November 20, 1973, on CBS and won an Emmy Award. Great Thanksgiving special as always with the earlier Peanuts.

The Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Peanuts specials I always looked forward to. The way their world was only for kids where grownups were heard but only as noise in the background.

It starts off with Lucy tempting Charlie Brown with that football. Just one time I wanted to see Charlie kick the football…or Lucy.

It’s Thanksgiving and Peppermint Patty invites herself and Marcie over to Charlie Brown’s house but Charlie and Sally are ready to go to their grandmothers. Charlie talks to Linus and he suggests having two Thanksgiving dinners.

The only thing Charlie can come up with is feeding his friends toast and cold cereal which does not make Peppermint Patty happy whatsoever. She lets Charlie have it really bad until Marcie reminds her that she invited herself over.

Not going to give it away for those who have not seen this wonderful holiday cartoon. The music by Vince Guaraldi is excellent and makes every Peanuts cartoon special.

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

46 thoughts on “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

  1. It is a wonderful cartoon classic. All of the Peanuts specials are so great–this one and A Charlie Brown Christmas are, perhaps, the greatest, but I hesitate to even go there. There’s just no need to designate the best among the stellar. Yes, I would have liked to see Charlie Brown kick the football or Lucy–Ha!–just once too. Even Elmer Fudd got to shoot the rabbit just once. Ha!

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    1. I always thought Charlie Brown represented us as a whole. You are going to lose more than win in life. I just hope he grows up to marry that Red Headed girl he was crazy about.
      Yea the Peanuts were my personal favorite.

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      1. Is that Charlie Brown Thanksgiving a very big file? Cos it’s blocked over here – not just on your blog but on Youtube. I was going to show it after the “feast” – it would make a change from talking about Kamala Harris and Biden!

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      2. No it shouldn’t be at all. Let me see what I can do… I’ll be back in a few minutes.
        Yes anything would beat talking about those two.

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  2. These Peanuts cartoons were real classics – they don’t make ’em like this any longer.

    Peanuts was also shown in Germany, and I remember watching it as a child. I don’t recall whether this particular episode aired – perhaps not, since Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Germany.

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    1. Yea the Peanuts…I love the way are drawn and the humor…plus I love the jazzy music that goes with them.
      Yea I dont’ imagine Thanksgiving was shown over there.


  3. Our PBS station showed this last Sunday evening, and I missed it! I’d hoped to DVR all of the Peanuts holiday specials this year, to have for watching on demand. I’ll have to try again next year for this one. You know I like the song, too! 🙂

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      1. Agreed. Apple owns the episodes now. They’ve done a deal with PBS to broadcast them at the holidays. But so far it’s been on short notice, so it doesn’t always make it into the published TV guides.

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      2. I bought them when Bailey was born… I made them into files so now I have them. We always watch them… but it’s special watching it when it is broadcast.

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  4. Good Grief! Apple TV and Disney now have their hands on all of Charlie Brown’s shows. Buy their service and you can see them. PBS did sneak this one in last week, but most people didn’t see it. Amazon will rent it to you, so that’s how I will watch it. I can’t find the holiday spirit without my Charlie Brown specials. What’s next, pay for “Its A Wonderful Life?”

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    1. We had our son in 2000 so I bought the damn things. I had a feeling this would happen.
      The Peanuts is a must Phil…along with Vince Guaraldi’s music.
      No I’m sure It’s A Wonderful Life will be banned soon because of offending someone as everything does.

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  5. a classic indeed. Not quite there with the Christmas one, but a good one I always enjoy watching and like you, keep thinking ‘c’mon Chuck, you can do it!’ secretly noticing how big a target Lucy’s head is!
    It would be good if it was on over-the-air TV still, but that’s not the way of the world. I think (95% sure) I saw it in Walmart as part of a triple set with the Charlie Brown Christmas and Great Pumpkin. I need to go thru my DVDs to see what Christmas classics I have… I know i got the animated Grinch, but can’t recall if I have the Peanuts one.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! bon apetit!

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    1. Yea if the Peanuts were real…it would be impossible for them to walk because of their heads lol.

      Yep…kick Lucy just once! Go out and date the little Red Headed Girl Chuck.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Dave!


  6. I always enjoyed these – the Halloween a d Christmas ones too – the Christmas one is a must see every year along with A Christmas Carol – 1951 BW one with Alister Sim. The only one I will watch – best by far imho

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