• Best TV Show of the Week: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    by  • December 10, 2014 • Best of the Week, Family Friendly • 1 Comment

    For once again reminding viewers of the true meaning of Christmas, ABC’s Tuesday, December 2nd airing of the holiday favorite A Charlie Brown Christmas is the Best TV Show of the Week.  

    More than forty years after its original airing, A Charlie Brown Christmas remains a heart-warming, timeless classic that continues to delight audiences young and old alike.

    Charlie Brown is frustrated. Everyone else around him is caught up in the trappings of Christmas – elaborate Christmas decorations, expensive presents, trees, producing a pageant. But the last straw comes when his Sally dictates a lengthy “wish list” for Charlie Brown to write in her letter to Santa. “All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share,” Sally states. This sets Charlie Brown off on a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.  After he fails to get the cast of the Christmas pageant together and Lucy ridicules his choice of Christmas tree, Charlie Brown finally shouts in exasperation, “Can anybody tell me the true meaning of Christmas?” Then Linus steps forward and recites the nativity story from Luke, chapter 2, detailing the birth of Christ. Inspired, Charlie Brown ignores the crass commercialism surrounding Christmas and focuses on what is truly important.

    Like the other members of the Peanuts gang, the entertainment industry today has entirely lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas, instead seeing the holiday as an opportunity for exploitative programming of all kinds. But so long as there is A Charlie Brown Christmas, there will remain at least one program that reminds viewers of the true meaning of Christmas. And that is reason enough to declare A Charlie Brown Christmas the Best TV Show of the Week.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    One Response to Best TV Show of the Week: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    1. moax429
      December 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Glad to see this evergreen has once again been named the Best Show of the Week.

      However, I have long since purchased this DVD because ever since ABC started airing the “Peanuts” specials after CBS dropped them, ABC has been *cutting up* these classics to fit the time slot. It was precisely for that reason that I purchased the DVD of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” last September because last year they chopped out one of the funniest scenes, in which Schroeder was playing a medley of old-timey songs while Snoopy, dressed as the World War I Flying Ace, was dancing next to Schroeder’s piano. (I also remember when I saw “The Great Pumpkin” as a kid in the 60′s, my Mom was watching with me and my younger sister and my Mom was howling with laughter. So, there were some nice childhood memories encoded in that.)

      Plus: (1) I can watch the DVD *in its uncut entirety* anytime I choose, and (2 – more importantly) I don’t have to worry about the specials on DVD being followed by a “peep show” produced by a shameless, untalented, uncaring, and unapologetic liberal like Shonda Rimes, as ABC so blithely enjoyed doing after “The Great Pumpkin” two months ago (glad I *didn’t* see that, but I *do* feel for the parents who were caught off-guard by that unfortunate debacle).

      So to the loyal fans of the classic “Peanuts” specials who are tired of seeing them hacked up, I *strongly* suggest you spend a little extra and buy the DVDs. (The current distributor of the “Peanuts” DVDs, Warner Home Video, has all the “Peanuts” holiday specials sold together in a box set at their WB Shop website; I bought my copies separately over the years). It *will* be worth it in the end, and you also might discover a scene chopped out on current broadcast versions you saw ages ago when you were a kid and the show was then-intact. (I now own *all* the “Peanuts” holiday DVDs except for “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.” That one will be next.)

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