Charlie Brown may decry the commercialization of the holidays, but there's no denying the continued popularity of his TV specials. A Charlie Brown Christmas returns to ABC Wednesday night (8/7c) for the first of two airings this month, and if the network's recent rebroadcasts of the Peanuts Halloween and Thanksgiving specials are any indication, it's sure to do well.
As Chuck and Co. gather to get their "Auld Lang Syne" on in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, tonight's adorable end-of-the-year special from 1986, we'd like to take a cup of kindness and count down the reasons these old acquaintances will never be forgotten.
1. They rock the holidays. The Emmy-winning It's a Charlie Brown Christmas has taught generations the true meaning of the season, and if you've never joked about "getting a rock" while trick-or-treating, it's possible you grew up living under one.
2. Snoopy! Since his debut on October 4, 1950, Daisy Hill Puppy Farm's top graduate has stolen our hearts as a World War I flying ace, an author and, of...
The Big Bang Theory
We were just getting used to "Shamy!" when this October repeat first aired. Sheldon had been dating Amy (Mayim Bialik) for awhile, so he moved into the inevitable meet-the parents stage of his relationship. When he meets Amy's mom, he also realizes that he no longer wants to see Amy. Unfortunately, it looks like this bud of love isn't going to blossom. — Bill Ecklund
Read on for previews of Sesame Street, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, Back to the Future, When Harvey Met Bob, Women's Basketball and Bones.