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Top Peanuts DVDs Featuring Charlie Brown and the Gang

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The Peanuts are nothing short of legendary in the world of American television. Clever writing, subtle satire, and memorable characters have kept Charlie Brown and the gang popular for over 50 years. The holiday TV specials are still broadcast on ABC every year, and with all of the available DVDs, many families are passing on fond memories of the classic cartoons to future generations.

1. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown presents an animated mini-musical, based on the award-winning stage hit, all about the life and times of that poor pal who is always getting the short end of things in life - Charlie Brown. The Peanuts characters we have come to know and love star in this tribute to Charlie and the gang,  highlighted by the memorable music from Clark Gesner.  In the special, between the clever musical numbers, we see snippets of interactions among the Peanuts gang which exemplify the funny and relatable foibles that have made them so dear to our hearts. Then, to sum it all up, the gang breaks into the endearing song "Happiness." The special is throuroughly enjoyable and is a must-own for Peanuts fans.

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2. You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
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We all know that sports are not where Charlie Brown's talent lies, and what is with Lucy always pulling that football away at the last second? But this time, for real, Charlie just might have a chance to come out a winner. The DVD will get you in the mood to be outdoors, with all of the playing going on, and the shows are entertaining for the whole family (but hopefully the kids don't get the joke of Snoopy in the hospital reading "Playdog" magazine! That Snoopy.). NR
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3. You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

You're Not Elected Charlie Brown
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This Peanuts episode tells the story of Linus' passionate run for office (with the political Lucy as his campaign manager, of course). The political satire offers a funny break from all of the heated rhetoric going on these days. Linus represents the voice of sincerity. If only we had that voice now! NR
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4. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (DVD) (1975)

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
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Poor Charlie Brown couldn't possibly be any more awkward than on Valentine's Day. As Valentine's Day approaches, Lucy tries to get Schroeder to give her a card, Sally chases after Linus, and Charlie Brown hopes for just one valentine. Even Snoopy's mailbox is stuffed with those red heart-shaped cards--doesn't ANYONE love Charlie Brown? Also includes You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. NR
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5. It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
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Spring is in the air, and the Peanuts are celebrating Easter complete with colorful eggs and dancing bunnies. The episode will entertain adults and children with lots of laughs and plenty of Easter fun. NR
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6. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
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It just wouldn't be Halloween without joining Charlie Brown and the gang for the classic tale of the Great Pumpkin. Determined to prove the legend is real, Linus spends the night in a pumpkin patch waiting for the appearance of the mysterious Great Pumpkin. Charles Schultz's subtle satire plays out as Linus and Sally sit in the pumpkin patch, and the rest of the gang celebrates Halloween in the usual traditions. Not Rated.
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7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (DVD) (1973)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
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An Emmy-award winning special, with Charlie Brown in charge of the Thanksgiving dinner where everyone drops by unexpectedly. This DVD also includes "The Mayflower Voyagers," a Peanuts rendition of the Mayflower Voyage and the first Thanksgiving. Kids can learn a little about history as they enjoy these classic specials. NR
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8. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Peanuts: Deluxe Holiday Collection
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This DVD contains the classic Peanuts holiday specials "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown." "A Charlie Brown Christmas" finds Charlie Brown with his very sorry looking Christmas tree. His friends make fun of his pathetic decoration, but in the end, they are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. (DVD included in the pictured holiday box set.)NR
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9. Peanuts 1970's Collection Volumes 1 & 2

Peanuts 1970s v.2
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Get your favorite 70s Peanuts specials digitally remasterd and on DVD. Volume 2 (pictured) contains the  Peanuts gems:

  • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
  • You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
  • It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown
  • What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown (First time on DVD)
  • It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown
  • You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

...And Volume 1 (Compare Prices) features:

  • Play It Again, Charlie Brown
  •  You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown,
  • There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown
  •  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
  • It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Both editions also contain bonus features that look at the history and/or making-of the Peanuts.

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10. Peanuts 1960's Collection

Peanuts 1960's
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This collection of 60s Peanuts specials features the most well-known and arguably the most beloved Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Also included are popular episodes like:  Charlie Brown's All-Stars, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and You're in Love Charlie Brown. A fascinating special feature covers the very special contribution of composer Vince Guaraldi, and it touches on how his work added to the Peanuts' success. This collection contains all six of the Peanuts specials that aired in the 60s, and the episodes are remastered to look and sound great with today's technology.

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