Charlie Brown Specials in Order: How Many Are There?

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:

TitleOriginal air date
A Charlie Brown ChristmasDec. 9, 1965
Charlie Brown’s All-Stars!June 8, 1966
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownOct. 27, 1966
You’re in Love, Charlie BrownJune 12, 1967
He’s Your Dog, Charlie BrownFeb. 14, 1968
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie BrownSept. 27, 1969
Play It Again, Charlie BrownMarch 28, 1971
You’re Not Elected, Charlie BrownOct. 29, 1972
There’s No Time for Love, Charlie BrownMarch 11, 1973
A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingNov. 20, 1973
It’s a Mystery, Charlie BrownFeb. 1, 1974
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie BrownApril 9, 1974
Be My Valentine, Charlie BrownJan. 28, 1975
You’re a Good Sport, Charlie BrownOct. 28, 1975
It’s Arbor Day, Charlie BrownMarch 16, 1976
It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie BrownOct. 24, 1977
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown!Feb. 23, 1978
You’re the Greatest, Charlie BrownMarch 19, 1979
She’s a Good Skate, Charlie BrownFeb. 25, 1980
Life Is a Circus, Charlie BrownOct. 24, 1980
It’s Magic, Charlie BrownApril 28, 1981
Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie BrownOct. 30, 1981
A Charlie Brown CelebrationMay 24, 1982
Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?Feb. 21, 1983
It’s an Adventure, Charlie BrownMay 16, 1983
What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? A TributeMay 30, 1983
It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie BrownApril 16, 1984
Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie BrownMarch 20, 1985
You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownNov. 6, 1985
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!Jan. 1, 1986
Snoopy: The MusicalJan. 29, 1988
It’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie BrownSept. 27, 1988
Why, Charlie Brown, Why?March 16, 1990
Snoopy’s ReunionMay 1, 1991
It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownNov. 27, 1992
You’re in the Super Bowl, Charlie BrownJan. 18, 1994
It’s Spring Training, Charlie BrownJan. 9, 1996
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie BrownAug. 5, 1997
It’s the Pied Piper, Charlie BrownSept. 12, 2000
A Charlie Brown ValentineFeb. 14, 2002
Charlie Brown’s Christmas TalesDec. 8, 2002
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie BrownAug. 29, 2003
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie BrownDec. 9, 2003
He’s a Bully, Charlie BrownNov. 20, 2006
Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie BrownMarch 29, 2011
Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang SyneDec. 10, 2021
Snoopy Presents: It’s The Small Things, Charlie BrownApril 15, 2022
Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With LoveMay 6, 2022
Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s SchoolAugust 12, 2022
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts_filmography

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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