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Charlie Brown

Season 1 Episode 4

You're In Love, Charlie Brown

Aired Unknown Jun 12, 1967 on CBS
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You're In Love, Charlie Brown
With the school year coming to an end, Charlie Brown tries to meet his dream girl, whom he only knows as "The Little Red-haired Girl". But his nervousness prevents him from meeting her upfront, and all his attempts to impress her fail. Linus tries to give him a helping hand, but the outcome just keeps looking bleaker and bleaker...moreless

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  • This early special is one of the true gems!

    I am of the staunch opinion that the early Peanuts specials were the best ones. If this constitutes "bias", then so be it.

    I believe that the first four Peanuts specials represent the absolute cream of the crop. "You're In Love, Charlie Brown" was the fourth one, from 1967; I don't think there was ever a special quite as good again (indeed, the specials were generally in decline after the mid 1970's).

    This special coalesces the ongoing storyline in the strip about Charlie Brown's unrequited love for her known only at the time as "the Little Red-Haired Girl". As in the comic strip, she is never actually seen. (It would not be until a decade later that a TV special took the step of SHOWING her, and giving her the name "Heather".)

    In probably the strongest-ever Peanuts episode emphasis on sheer humor, we see Charlie Brown's repeated, nervous, disaster-prone, perpetually failed attempts to attract his dream girl's attention. Along the way, we witness the animation debut, in a kind of "guest starring" cameo, of Peppermint Patty, as she lends a misbegotten assist to poor ol' Charlie Brown. (At this point there is much focus on her calling him "Chuck", and her referring to Lucy as "Lucille".)

    There are numerous comedic highlights in the details, as I believe that at the time the creative team of Charles Schulz, Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson were in their prime. One that stands out is a short scene used to "establish" the setting of the school playground, where Linus, covered by his blanket, takes a perilous walk through the swings, and Pig-Pen takes the entire contents of the sandbox with him as he passes through!

    This, by the way, is the special that first introduced the famous and much-parodied aspect of Peanuts specials, of having off-screen adults' speech heard as "wah-wah-wah" trombone sounds, as several classroom scenes call for interaction with the teacher, as well as the school Principal.

    In the end, Charlie Brown's seeming ultimate failure pays off unexpectedly, and the special ends on a gratifying note of hope that cleverly carries on during the closing credits (the last time a special would have anything happen during the credits), culminating with the show's punchline.

    This exemplified all the best qualities of Peanuts specials.moreless
Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez

Snoopy (specials 1- ); Woodstock (specials 8- ) (1965- )

Chris Shea

Chris Shea

Linus Van Pelt (specials 1-5) (1965-1968)

Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins

Charlie Brown (specials 1-6) (1965-1969)

Sally Dryer

Sally Dryer

Lucy Van Pelt (specials 2-5); Violet (special 1) (1965-1969)

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