This Is America Charlie Brown

Season 1 Episode 8

The Music and Heroes of America

Aired Unknown May 23, 1989 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The final part of the mini series starts out with Charlie Brown trying to convince Schroeder to let Snoopy in the band for the class project. Schroeder said he is in if he does not go crazy. Schroeder and his band are practicing when Lucy says that they should combine there projects. her project is on American people. He does not like the idea of combing the projects, but the teacher does. The band plays in front of there class. The first person he talks about is Steven Foster, while the band plays "Genie With the Light Brown Hair". Lucy then interrupts and talks about the women of American History, like Susan B. Anthony. Schroeder then talks about fight songs like "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and "America the Beautiful". The next composers they talk about is John Phillip Sousa, and George M Cohan. Lucy and the girls play "Yankee oodle Dandy" with them. Snoopy went crazy dancing, but the teacher liked it. Lucy then talks about immigrants and the hard time they had here in America. They take a break from there project then. The project then continues and Franklin gives his part of the report. He talks about songs called spirituals and songs like "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See" Lucy and Peppermint Patty talk briefly on Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and W.E.B. Dubious. Franklin then talks about the blues and Jazz. Lucy then talks about the 1950's and 60's like the start of the Vietnam War. We see actual news footage of Vietnam. The Project is complete, but Snoopy is upset because the did not talk about Rock N Roll and songs like "Hound Dog". While walking home Lucy asks Charlie Brown what his favorite song is. He says it is called "Linus and Lucy" by coincidence.moreless

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    I just love this episode. I can't believe they cancelled this show. I love the music that they played. Here are my favorites (of this episode):

    Maple Leaf Rag (song that Franklin played)

    Yankee Doodle (with snoopy playing the flute)

    You Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog (especially Snoopy dancing with Lucy)

    Snoopy dancing to "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy"

    Charlie Brown dressed as cotton, Linus dressed as sweet potatoes, and Snoopy dressed as a peanut

    Snoopy having the blues

    "When the saints go marching in"

    And at the very end when Charlie Brown mentions his favorite song is Linus and Lucy, by coincidence

    Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10 or an A++moreless
Brandon Stewart

Brandon Stewart

Linus Van Pelt (voice)

Erica Gayle

Erica Gayle

Lucy Van Pelt (voice)

Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez

Snoopy & Woostock (voice)

Jason Muller Mendelson

Jason Muller Mendelson

Peppermint Patty (voice)

Erin Chase

Erin Chase

Charlie Brown (voice)

Marie Cole

Marie Cole

Marcie (voice)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Throughout the episode, for a few seconds, Charlie Brown's and Schroeder's skin tones suddenly change for a few seconds and the same thing happens to Franklin's shirt, but it changes between shades of blue.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Peppermint Patty: It took women 72 years from 1848-1920 before they won the right to vote. 72 years Chuck and know I can strike you out in just three pitches.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode had it's audio track mastered in stereo.

    • Even though this episode was aired in 1988, two charachters named who dissapered from the show and comic strip at the end of the 1960's named Patty and Violet make cameos in this episode. You will see Patty when the shot scrolls at the side of the audience the first time and you will see the back of her head. You will see Violet when the shot scrolls at the side of the audience the seconed time.

    • You can still by This Is America Charlie Brown V8 The Music and Heroes of America on VHS at

    • This episode originally aired on a Tuesday.