Charlie Brown and Snoopy are one of the biggest names in the comics industry and have acquired many fans and lovers since it was first released in 1950. With how popular the original comics became it didn’t take long for it to get many animated versions, even getting a 3D animated movie and many TV and DVD specials. Because of the very long run the Peanuts comics had, many fans wonder how many Charlie Brown specials are there and what is the best way to watch them.
How Many Charlie Brown Specials Are There?
As of November 2022, there are exactly 49 Charlie Brown specials produced and they are still being made to this day. Charlie Brown’s animated specials first began on December 9, 1965, and the latest one was released on Apple TV+ on August 12, 2022.
Charlie Brown Specials in Order at a Glance
There is no particular order for the Charlie Brown specials since most of them tell their own stories and are not thoroughly connected to one another. However, there is a precise release order, that might be interesting to follow and is listed below:
|Title||Original air date|
|A Charlie Brown Christmas||Dec. 9, 1965|
|Charlie Brown’s All-Stars!||June 8, 1966|
|It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown||Oct. 27, 1966|
|You’re in Love, Charlie Brown||June 12, 1967|
|He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown||Feb. 14, 1968|
|It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown||Sept. 27, 1969|
|Play It Again, Charlie Brown||March 28, 1971|
|You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown||Oct. 29, 1972|
|There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown||March 11, 1973|
|A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving||Nov. 20, 1973|
|It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown||Feb. 1, 1974|
|It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown||April 9, 1974|
|Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown||Jan. 28, 1975|
|You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown||Oct. 28, 1975|
|It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown||March 16, 1976|
|It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown||Oct. 24, 1977|
|What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown!||Feb. 23, 1978|
|You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown||March 19, 1979|
|She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown||Feb. 25, 1980|
|Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown||Oct. 24, 1980|
|It’s Magic, Charlie Brown||April 28, 1981|
|Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie Brown||Oct. 30, 1981|
|A Charlie Brown Celebration||May 24, 1982|
|Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?||Feb. 21, 1983|
|It’s an Adventure, Charlie Brown||May 16, 1983|
|What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? A Tribute||May 30, 1983|
|It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown||April 16, 1984|
|Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown||March 20, 1985|
|You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Nov. 6, 1985|
|Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!||Jan. 1, 1986|
|Snoopy: The Musical||Jan. 29, 1988|
|It’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown||Sept. 27, 1988|
|Why, Charlie Brown, Why?||March 16, 1990|
|Snoopy’s Reunion||May 1, 1991|
|It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown||Nov. 27, 1992|
|You’re in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown||Jan. 18, 1994|
|It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown||Jan. 9, 1996|
|It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown||Aug. 5, 1997|
|It’s the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown||Sept. 12, 2000|
|A Charlie Brown Valentine||Feb. 14, 2002|
|Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales||Dec. 8, 2002|
|Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown||Aug. 29, 2003|
|I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown||Dec. 9, 2003|
|He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown||Nov. 20, 2006|
|Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown||March 29, 2011|
|Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne||Dec. 10, 2021|
|Snoopy Presents: It’s The Small Things, Charlie Brown||April 15, 2022|
|Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love||May 6, 2022|
|Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School||August 12, 2022|
With many holiday specials and funny sketches, these movies were made over almost 60 years and have come a long way, especially in their quality.
What Is the Best Way to Watch Charlie Brown Specials?
You have many options at your disposal when it comes to the best way to watch the Charlie Brown Specials. You can watch them by release order, by the type of special, or you can simply watch them by randomly choosing which order they are going to be in since it does not really matter.
However, it might be truly interesting to watch them ordered by release date, since this way you can see the changes and modernization that affected the media and how the characters were animated throughout the years.
Charlie Brown Specials in Order by Release Date
Here are some memorable Charlie Brown animated specials ordered by release date:
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas
This is the first-ever animated special based on the Peanuts comics and was released on CBS on December 9, 1965.
In this animated special, Charlie Brown gets a bit depressed, even though it is very close to the Christmas holiday season. His friend Lucy tries to make him direct a Christmas play together with the neighborhood and his friend, but his best efforts to make the play happen are not well received by his peers after he chose a real but somewhat ugly Christmas tree instead of a fake and pretty one.
2. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
This is the 30th animated special based on the Peanuts comics and was released on CBS on January 1, 1986.
For some reason, Charlie Brown is responsible for doing a school essay about a book called War and Peace during Christmas vacation, while all of his friends are out there having fun. There is even this big New Year’s Eve party everyone is going to and while he tries to stay responsible and work on his essay, Peppermint Patty does not stop trying to convince him to attend the said party.
3. A Charlie Brown Valentine
This is the 40th animated special based on the Peanuts comics and was released on ABC on February 14, 2002. This is also the first animated special produced after the original Peanuts author passed away.
In this animated special, Charlie Brown tries to get the courage to go and speak to his crush, the Little Red-Haired Girl, but of course, chickens out. However, the Little Red-Haired Girl walks by and drops her pencil. Charlie Brown notices what happened, picks it up, and realizes the pencil has teeth marks, which means she nibbles on her pencil, and is actually human. Charlie Brown wants to use the Little Red-Haired Girl’s lost pencil as an excuse to go talk to her while returning it to her, but his friend Lucy takes the pencil from Charlie Brown and returns it to the Little Red-Haired Girl before Charlie Brown has a chance to. How will Charlie Brown get the Little Red-Haired Girl’s attention?
4. He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown
This is the 44th animated special based on the Peanuts comics and was released on ABC on November 20, 2006. He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown was an idea the original Peanuts creator came up with before passing away and worked on before his death on February 12, 2000. The working title for the special was It’s Only Marbles, Charlie Brown. It is also the last special to be produced by and that featured Bill Melendez starring as the voice of Snoopy and Woodstock, since he died on September 2, 2008, and did not participate in any other Charlie Brown special.
Summer has just begun and Charlie Brown is preparing to go to summer camp together with Snoopy and some of his friends. Once Charlie Brown and his friends arrive at camp, the kids meet a boy named Joe Agate, who begins to bully them.
5. Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love
This is the 48th animated special based on the Peanuts comics and was released on Apple TV+ on May 6, 2022.
Mother’s Day is really close and Peppermint Patty notices she still has not bought anything to give to her mother. Her friend Marcie shows Peppermint Patty that families are very different from one another. While Peppermint Patty is talking to Marcie, Snoopy and Woodstock go on a journey to find Woodstock’s mother, Linus and Lucy try to make the perfect gift for their mother, and Charlie Brown fails to bake a cake to celebrate Mother’s Day.
You can choose to follow this release order or suit yourself and watch in any order you want to since it does not matter much because the animated specials are not thoroughly connected.
Where To Watch Charlie Brown Specials?
At this point, there are no streaming services that have every single Charlie Brown special in their catalog. Some of them are available on Apple TV+ since they now have the rights to stream the Charlie Brown animated specials, but you can find the others across the internet.
Do You Need to Watch Charlie Brown Specials in Order?
There is no need to watch the Charlie Brown Specials in order. Due to them being unique stories that work well alone, there is no need to watch them in order, so you can watch any one of them at any time.
If in any case, you do want to watch them in a previously established order, release order would be the most advisable, since you can get a nice experience of seeing how the media and the characters evolved and were adapted over the years.
Are Charlie Brown Specials Connected?
No, the Charlie Brown Specials are not connected in any way. Each one of them tells its own story and is not a sequel to one another, you can watch them in any order and you would have a similar experience.
Will There Be More Charlie Brown Specials?
At this point, there is no news about another Charlie Brown special coming out, but since Apple TV+ acquired the rights to make new Peanuts holiday specials, it is expected that they released more. Their last special was released on August 12, 2022.
Now you are absolutely ready to go on and watch every Charlie Brown special available and see his adventures with the iconic Snoppy and the rest of his friends. Hope you enjoy your long marathon!