For the 2014 reshowing of the 1966 classic It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, ratings averaged 6.28 million viewers (CNN.com). With a demographic of 2.1 million viewers in the 18-49 age bracket, the broadcast beat shows such as Arrow and Hell’s Kitchen. Since this is the forty-eight rebroadcast, garnering that amount of viewers shows the Peanuts Gang has yet to be irrelevant. Consider also that the DVD of Great Pumpkin sells every Halloween and has been available to purchase via streaming services.
When I caught this year’s presentation (my fortieth), I realized that Linus deserves top billing over good ole Charlie Brown. Now I am a pure fan of Charles Schulz’ comic strip Job. My initials are the same, my hairline mimics Chuck’s, and we both share a commonality in the world constantly pulling away the football from us.
For all of the endearing qualities of the lovable loser Charlie Brown, I have to side with his best friend for the sake of the Halloween show. Through It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I have discovered how the blanket wielding young man provides life lessons that will propel each one of us to be better people. Here are five simple reasons why everyone needs to be more like Linus.