DISCOVER--the Charlie Brown Specials worth watching

Although he merrily licensed his cartoon characters to any advertiser of anything, whatever the product, the late, great Charles Schulz ventured into television with great trepidation. The earliest TV specials are delightful, unusual, and unique, but later efforts mirrored the decline of the strip itself, into yucky, preachy indulgence and overly cute sentiment, as Schulz got comfortable and lost his edge. Avoid the later creepy and condescending ones, and instead enjoy these classics.

Although some of these titles are listed as TV movies, they're all just under half-an-hour long. This list is in chronological order.
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1.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
2.
Charlie Brown's All Stars! (1966 Short Film)
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When his team is offered membership in the Little League, Charlie Brown finds he must make a difficult moral decision. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
3.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Special)
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The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
4.
You're in Love, Charlie Brown (1967 Short Film)
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With the help of Linus and Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown tries to pluck up the courage to talk to his crush, the Little Red-Haired Girl. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
5.
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968 Short Film)
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When Snoopy is sent back to the puppy farm for obedience training, he free-loads at Peppermint Patty's instead. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
6.
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969 Short Film)
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At summer camp, the boys compete and are seemingly hopelessly outmatched by the female campers. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
7.
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972 Short Film)
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Linus runs for school president with Lucy and Charlie Brown being his campaign managers. (24 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
8.
There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973 Short Film)
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Charlie Brown's last chance to salvage his grades seems doomed when he confuses a supermarket for an art gallery he has to do a paper on. (24 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
9.
It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (1974 Short Film)
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When Woodstock's nest mysteriously disappears, Snoopy plays detective in order to find it. (24 mins.)
Director: Phil Roman
 
10.
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! (1974 Short Film)
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The Peanuts gang prepare for Easter in their own clumsy ways. (30 mins.)
Director: Phil Roman
 
11.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975 Short Film)
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The gang celebrate Valentine's Day while Charlie Brown hopes for at least one valentine for a change. (30 mins.)
Director: Phil Roman
 
12.
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (1975 Short Film)
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Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Peppermint Patty compete in a motocross race. (24 mins.)
Director: Phil Roman
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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World, and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

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