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Old 10-14-2019, 11:43 AM
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I am under the impression that most of the animated specials that air on broadcast TV are targeting the nostalgic parents (and grandparents) more than the kids. This is why, for example, they never air You're in Love, Charlie Brown, or He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, or Play it Again, Charlie Brown - there aren't enough adults who liked them enough to make them worth showing again. (Only one is really "dated" - Charlie Brown's All-Stars, the ending of which makes no sense ever since Little League Baseball was pretty much forced to start letting girls play about 40 years ago.)

Remember, there hasn't been a new Peanuts comic strip in almost 20 years.

Besides, there are a few new ones that make it to network TV - the Toy Story specials come to mind. They're just not as noticeable, or memorable, as the earlier ones.