Trivia / It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • Channel Hop: From CBS to ABC in 2001.
  • Edited for Syndication: To allow for longer commercial breaks (and in recent years, to make room for Pixar's Toy Story of Terror!), ABC typically cuts a few scenes such as Lucy challenging Charlie Brown to kick the football and Schroeder playing the medley of WWI songs for Snoopy.
  • Franchise Killer: Subverted. CBS warned the crew that if this special failed to generate ratings as high as those received for A Charlie Brown Christmas less than a year earlier, they would not commission any more Peanuts cartoons. It ultimately did so well, new Peanuts cartoons continued to air throughout the following decades, even after Charles Schulz's death.
    • The network literally said it had to be a "blockbuster". It ended up tying for the #1 most watched program of the week with Bonanza, which was a ratings GIANT for most of its run (including the year Great Pumpkin first aired).
  • Long Runners: It's only one special, but considering how many consecutive years it's aired on TV? It definitely counts.

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