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Peanuts is a multimedia entertainment franchise created by Charles M. Schulz. It began with the Peanuts comic strip, whose original print run was from 1950 to 2000 and has since been published in reruns. Peanuts become a multimedia franchise in 1965 with the airing of the first animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The franchise has produced many other animated television specials, four feature-length films, an animated television program, video games and a stage musical. In addition, numerous books exist, both compilations from the comic strip and original works based on the strip.

Peanuts and its characters have been referred to numerous times on The Simpsons: in television episodes, comic stories and other media.

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Episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Miracles Always Happen.png 1 1 "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" Bart says, "If TV has taught me anything, it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas" and cites Charlie Brown as an example, referring to the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
THOH II-Trick-or-Treaters.jpg 3 42 "Treehouse of Horror II" During the opening sequence, the group of trick-or-treaters walking by the Simpson home are wearing the same costumes as the Peanuts gang are in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
THOH IV Peanuts parody.png 5 86 "Treehouse of Horror IV" In the segment "Bart Simpson's Dracula", the Simpsons are all transformed into vampires and are about to attack Lisa. At the last second, they all stop, look into the camera and say "Happy Halloween!" Then, in a parody of the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas, they sing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" while Milhouse plays the piano (a. la. Schroeder) and Santa's Little Helper dances (a. la. Snoopy).
Snoopy Puzzle - Burns, Baby Burns.png 8 157 "Burns, Baby Burns" At Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Homer wakes up from a nap and finds that Larry Burns is his new officemate. When he learns that Larry is Mr. Burns's son, Homer panics and brushes a nearly-completed jigsaw puzzle of Snoopy off of his workstation.
Mrs Krabappel Chili Hallucination.jpg 162 "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer" During Homer's chili hallucination, he hears Mrs. Krabappel speaking with a muted trombone "wa wa wa" sound, similar to how adults' voices are rendered in the TV specials.
Gradeschoolconfidential7.png 172 "Grade School Confidential" A half-melted Charlie Brown candle can be seen on Edna's kitchen table.
Dolly - Snoopy head.png 10 215 "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" When Dolly Parton leaves for the half-time show at the Super Bowl after helping Homer, Wally Kogen and the others out of the stadium jail, she turns down Krusty the Clown's request to go out with him and leaves donning a rocket pack and a dog mask resembling Snoopy with white ears.
CouchGagS12E06.png 12 254 "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" During the couch gag, when the family enter the living room they find Santa's Little Helper dancing in front of the couch like Snoopy, while "Linus and Lucy" (the up-tempo piano jazz tune which has become the de facto theme song of Peanuts) plays in the background.
Homer Animotion Suit - HOMЯ.png 257 "HOMЯ" Animotion's dog character, whom Homer portrays via a motion-capture suit, resembles Snoopy.
Homer on doghouse.jpg 263 "Hungry, Hungry Homer" Bart finds Homer sleeping on a doghouse in the backyard (similar to Snoopy) and utters Charlie Brown's "Good grief!" catchphrase.
Chalkboard274.png 13 274 "The Blunder Years" In the chalkboard gag, Bart writes, "I am not Charlie Brown on acid".
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15 314 "Treehouse of Horror XIV" During the opening sequence, Bart and Lisa return home from trick-or-treating, costumed as Charlie Brown and Lucy van Pelt. After they take off their masks, they get into a fight over the treats they collected.
You're in the Matrix, Charlie Brown.png 327 "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" The movie You're in the Matrix, Charlie Brown (a parody of the film The Matrix and the television special You're in Love, Charlie Brown) was shown at Springfield Googolplex Theatres.
Charlie Brown.png 16 354 "Thank God It's Doomsday" When Ralph is in Da Buzz Club, he wonders if they can cut his hair so it looks like Charlie Brown's.
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17 359 "Milhouse of Sand and Fog" Bart, Lisa and Milhouse watch an episode of The O.C. where in the opening credits, the characters visit a theme park and hang out with a cast member in a Snoopy costume. Later, "Snoopy" forces them at gunpoint to withdraw cash from an ATM and give it to him.
The Monkey Suit Peanut.png 377 "The Monkey Suit" After Marge read The Origin of Species‎, she said that Charles Darwin gave a very persuasive argument, and that his ship was called the Beagle, which reminded her of Snoopy, her favorite Peanut. She then looked at a photo of herself posing with someone wearing a Snoopy costume.
More Hardships.png 378 "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play" When Marge questions whether she and Homer should be giving marriage advice, Homer replies, "We've been through more hardships than the Jews and Charlie Brown put together."
GoodGriefMorePeanuts.jpg 18 381 "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" When Marge learns that someone at Springfield Elementary School has a life-threatening peanut allergy and peanut products are no longer allowed on school property, she immediately removes all the peanut products from Bart's lunchbox—including a copy of Good Grief, More Peanuts.
Franzen-Snoopy portrait.jpg 384 "Moe'N'a Lisa" During the fight between Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon, Franzen takes a portrait of Snoopy down from the wall and hits Chabon over the head with it.
BoysOfBummer - Bart2.png 396 "The Boys of Bummer" Bart having the ball spin him in a circle while his clothes fly off is a reference to Charlie Brown.
Family Toboggan Hitting Snoopy.png 19 409 "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" Homer, Bart and Lisa ride a toboggan through a snow-sculpture contest, deliberately hitting as many of the sculptures as they can. The first one they hit is of Snoopy.
It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse.png 20 424 "Treehouse of Horror XIX" The segment "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" is a parody of the TV special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and of the Peanuts franchise and characters in general.
432 "No Loan Again, Naturally" Lisa mentions Peppermint Patty as being among personal heroes of hers who are or were gay, qualifying her statement by adding that she only suspects that Peppermint Patty is gay.
No image.png 21 455 "Postcards from the Wedge" In the film Springfield of Tomorrow (shown to Bart's class), two teachers talk to each other in the muted-trombone "wa wa wa" sounds used for adults' voices in the TV specials.
Schroeder-like boy.png 22 472 "The Fight Before Christmas" Bart sees a boy who resembles Schroeder playing a piano in the Clausco building.
Nelson-Donnie Fatso couch gag.jpg 473 "Donnie Fatso" During the Advent calendar sequence in the couch gag, the scene from December 11 shows Nelson Muntz gazing adoringly at a small Christmas tree that looks just like Charlie Brown's tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Homer accepts the award.png 478 "Angry Dad: The Movie" When Homer gives a speech at the Golden Globes upon winning the aforementioned award, he says his Angry Dad voice is "part Walter Matthau, part Little Richard and a little bit of Snoopy when he cries".
The Scorpion's Tale - title screen.png 479 "The Scorpion's Tale" In the title screen gag, Santa's Little Helper flies across the screen on a doghouse, similar to one of Snoopy's "World War I flying ace" fantasies.
Fancy Magazines.png 23 490 "Replaceable You" While designing a robot pet, Bart and Martin consult several magazines. One of them, Dog Fancy, has an article titled "Snoopy's Sad Last Days".
Moe barrag blanket.jpg 498 "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches" When Moe and his rag are alone, he holds it close to him in the same manner as Linus van Pelt with his security blanket.
TYBoC Charlie Brown.png 25 552 "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" On the Fourth of July, an unnamed kid dresses up as a ghost, but with too many eyeholes (like Charlie Brown's Halloween costume in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown) and Nelson tells him "Wrong holiday, Charlie Brown!"
You're a Good Witch, Broom Hilda.png 27 592 "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back" One of the plays being advertised in Capital City is You're a Good Witch, Broom Hilda, a parody of the Peanuts stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Hilda poster is also a sight gag on the 1971 Broadway poster for Charlie Brown.
Snoopy Homer.png 28 598 "Friends and Family" Homer lies on the roof naked in Snoopy's usual position on top of his dog house and says "Ah, Snoopy knew what he was doing alright."
No image.png 29 620 "Springfield Splendor" Theatrical director Guthrie Frenel produces a stage musical adaption of the Sad Girl comic, which was based on Lisa's life. When Marge questions whether Frenel is straying too far from the source material, Frenel retorts, "This isn't You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or even my production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, set in a doomed Soviet submarine."
Gone Boy Milhouse Peanuts.png 627 "Gone Boy" Milhouse is dressed as Linus van Pelt in the opening sequence.

Comics[edit]

Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Bart and Kite-Eating Tree.jpg Simpsons Comics #61 The Paper Chase Bart's kite is caught and eaten by a kite-eating tree, which prompts him to exclaim "Good grief!", and Sherri and Terri call him a blockhead:

"Good grief!" is one of Charlie Brown's frequently-uttered catchphrases.

Charlie Brown's kite being eaten by a kite-eating tree is a recurring plot motif in the Peanuts comic strip.

Charlie Brown is often called a "blockhead" by other characters.
Martin-Piano.jpg The Simpsons: Holiday Humdinger Happy Non-Specific Semi-Festive Winter Gathering Martin plays a toy piano while Santa's Little Helper dances on it and Lisa leans on it and listens to the music, similar to Schroeder, Snoopy and Lucy.
Li'l Krusty 2.png Bart Simpson #40 Li'l Krusty 2 Krusty opens a booth where he tells jokes for five cents, similar to Lucy's psychiatric help booth in Peanuts. When he tells a poor joke to Sideshow Bob, Bob calls him out for stealing the idea from Lucy.
Bart Simpson #47 Li'l Krusty 3 Krusty mentions that he loves chimps as they work for peanuts, clarifying that he means the food, rather than the comic strips.
Bart-Scarf-Mailbox.jpg The Simpsons Winter Wingding 6 Grampa's Christmas Origins: Christmas Cards When Lisa can't reach the opening on a mailbox, Bart offers to open it with his scarf, using a trick he learned "from watching old Christmas cartoons on TV". Actually, the trick happens in the Peanuts Halloween special (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown) when Linus uses his blanket to open a mailbox.

Twitter[edit]

Account Date Tweet
HomerJSimpson August 21, 2009 If @snoopdogg married Snoopy the dog, that would be awesome, but our stupid prejudiced politicians say it's illegal. Fight the power!
HomerJSimpson December 11, 2009 Okay, I heard Linus's speech, but I still say Charlie Brown's tree sucks and he ruined Christmas.

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