Thanksgiving is this week and a Thanksgiving tradition for many Americans is to watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” This year (2018) you can catch it on Wednesday, November 21st at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Along with the 1973 classic, ABC plans to air “The Mayflower Voyagers” from the 1988 miniseries “This is America, Charlie Brown” which transports our favorite Peanuts characters back to 1620.
Now for some other fun facts about the Peanuts Thanksgiving special.
- This was first released in 1973 and aired yearly on CBS until 2000. In 2001, it aired for the first time on ABC and has been on that network since.
- The Thanksgiving special was the first Peanuts episode to feature an adult voice, however the voice can only be heard singing in the song “Little Birdie”
- The Thanksgiving special was the 10th Peanuts TV special
- The Thanksgiving special got a spinoff, thanks to Linus’ speech about the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, “This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers”
- Executive producer Lee Mendelson (and several viewers) was disturbed by the fact that Woodstock joined Snoopy in carving and eating a turkey. When CBS cut three minutes from the show, Medelson was able to eliminate that scene. However, ABC restored the missing three minutes and Woodstock is once again a cannibal.
- This was the final episode for several of the child voice actors including Robin Kohn (Lucy), Christopher DeFaria (Peppermint Patty), and Hilary Momberger (Sally).