This week marked the 45th year that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been playing on TV. This has ushered in a wave of articles about the making of this classic TV special.
I find this amazing and rather sad: “The team of Charles Schulz, Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson would go on to create more than 40 Peanuts TV specials.”
It’s sad only because they never again came even close to the awesomeness of their very first effort. The Halloween special is great. The Thanksgiving special is good. But not one of those 40+ episodes matches “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”