A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Empathy is a major theme. Friends accept you for who you are and help you overcome your insecurities. Different personalities sometimes complicate relationships, but friendship sees all things through. Charlie Brown is chronically lacking in confidence, but his sister and friends are always there for him.
Positive Role Models
Charlie Brown sometimes wallows in self-doubt, but his friends lift his spirits. Lucy is demanding and mean, and Linus sometimes loses his temper. Snoopy is very loyal.
Violence & Scariness
Some spills and crashes, all with a comical angle and no injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of characters harbor juvenile crushes on their peers. Sally especially fawns over Linus, showering him with kisses and hugs he doesn't want and calling him "sweetie," among other terms of endearment.
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Name-calling such as "blockhead" and "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
The series is inspired by a classic comic strip, which is tied to a huge marketing franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Peanuts is a series of shorts starring Charles Schulz's classic comic strip characters. The stories are gentle, sweet, and reflective of the ups and downs of childhood, and they're presented in a manner that does well by the prints that inspire it. All of the cast is present (though the vignettes usually focus on two or three core characters at a time), and their relationships follow the formula Schulz created; Sally's still sweet on Linus, Peppermint Patty's still a tomboy, and Lucy's still demanding and impatient, especially with Charlie Brown. As such, you can expect the occasional peck on the cheek when there's a crush at play and some mild name-calling such as "stupid" and Lucy's trademark "blockhead." Even so, what's more memorable is what the characters learn about believing in themselves and being good friends.
Is It Any Good?
Following on the heels of the well-received feature film The Peanuts Movie, this vignette-style series revisits Schulz's classic characters in utterly delightful fashion. The animation closely resembles Schulz's original works with character sketches and a textured watercolor effect, and often scenes open or close with framing that recalls the comic strips themselves. The shorts are as sweet as they are funny, and they never complicate stories that will hit home with viewers of any age, clearing the way for feel-good messages about friendship, self-confidence, and putting your heart into every endeavor to win the day.
Because Peanuts isn't as visually vibrant as the CGI movie, kids might not be sold initially on the presentation, but this captivating series will win them over with its humor and array of characters. Many of the stories focus on the main core of Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy, and Snoopy, but other favorites such as Peppermint Patty and Schroeder pop in now and then as well. Whether you're a lifelong Peanuts fan or a youngster just getting acquainted with the gang, this series deserves to be in your rotation.
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