Charlie Brown

Season 1 Episode 1

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1965 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Right after his speech Linus is shown standing behind Charlie Brown at the piano. When Charlie Brown takes the tree from the piano and heads outside he passes another Linus standing with the other kids on the way.

      The sign on Lucy's stand switches back and forth from "The Doctor is In" to "The Doctor is Really In" when seen at different angles.


    • Lucy says, "Look, Charlie, we all know Christmas is just a big commercial racket." This is a rare occurrence, for seldom did anyone just say "Charlie"; most of the time it's "Charlie Brown."

  • Quotes

    • Shermy: Every Christmas it's the same. I always end up playing a shepherd.

    • Lucy: You think you're so smart with that stupid blanket. What are you going to do with it when you grow up?
      Linus: Maybe I'll make it into a sportcoat!

    • Charlie Brown: (About the Christmas tree) I killed it!

    • Frieda: You're an absolute mess! Just look at yourself! (Hands Pig Pen a mirror)
      Pig Pen:(Looking into the mirror) On the contrary, I didn't think I looked THAT good!

    • Linus: (After being threatened by Lucy) Not only is Christmas getting too commercial, it's getting too dangerous!

    • Lucy: Do you think you have pantophobia?
      Charlie Brown: What's pantophobia?
      Lucy: The fear of everything!
      Charlie Brown: (Ponders for a few seconds) THAT'S IT!!! (Lucy flies off her seat)

    • Lucy: Beethoven wasn't so great.
      Schroeder: What d'ya' mean Beethoven wasn't so great?
      Lucy: He never got his picture on a bubble gum card, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubble gum card? How can you say someone's great who's never had his picture on bubble gum cards?!
      Schroeder: Good grief.

    • Patty: You're hopeless, Charlie Brown.
      Frieda: Completely hopeless.

    • (Charlie Brown approches Snoopy and wonders what he is doing)
      Charlie Brown: (to Snoopy) What's going on?
      (Snoopy gives Charlie Brown the contest poster.)
      Charlie Brown: (reads poster) Decorating Contest...(Stops reading) Oh no, my own dog has gone commercial!

    • Charlie Brown: Thanks for the Christmas card you sent me, Violet.
      Violet: I didn't send you a Christmas card, Charlie Brown.
      Charlie Brown: Don't you know sarcasm when you hear it?

    • Linus: Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest.

    • Lucy: AAUGH! I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!

    • Lucy: What about the Christmas Queen? Are you going to let all this beauty go to waste?! You do think I'm beautiful, don't you, Charlie Brown? You didn't answer me right away. You had to think about it first, didn't you? If you really thought I was beautiful, you would have said so right up. I know when I've been insulted! I know when I've been insulted!
      Charlie Brown: Good grief!

    • Linus: Give me one good reason why I should memorize these lines.
      Lucy: I'll give you five good reasons! (curls one finger into a fist on each number) One, two, three, four, five!
      Linus: Those are good reasons.

    • Linus: (to Lucy) You wouldn't hit an innocent shepherd, would you?

    • Charlie Brown: Okay, let's rehearse the scene at the inn.
      Frieda: (standing next to her "husband", Pig Pen) We can't go on. There's too much dust. It's taking the curl out of my naturally curly hair!

    • last lines before Hark the Herald Angels Sing at the end
      Everyone: Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

  • Notes

    • This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program.

    • There is some uncertainty about what regularly-scheduled show this special preempted. The regularly scheduled shows for the evening of December 9, 1965 were My Three Sons, The Munsters and Gilligan's Island; however, current available information indicates that all three of these shows aired that night. A Charlie Brown Christmas aired at 7:30, which would have preempted The Munsters. Certain archives indicate that the special did not air at the same time in all markets. One possible explanation is that all three shows aired in different parts of the country, but they were not seen everywhere.

  • Allusions