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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Refimprove |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is one of the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all,<ref name=Bethune>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being".<ref name="Snoopy Moments">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States,<ref name="Walker">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion.<ref name=Bethune/> Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in almost every U.S. newspaper.

Peanuts achieved considerable success with its television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> won or were nominated for Emmy Awards. The holiday specials remain popular and are currently broadcast on ABC in the U.S. during the corresponding seasons. The Peanuts franchise met acclaim in theatre, with the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown being a successful and often-performed production.

Peanuts has been described as "the most shining example of the American success story in the comic strip field"{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}; this is ironic, given its theme is "the great American unsuccess story." The main character, Charlie Brown, is meek, nervous, and lacks self-confidence. He is unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game, or kick a football.<ref>The World Encyclopedia of Comics, edited by Maurice Horn, published in 1977 by Avon Books</ref> In 2013, TV Guide ranked the Peanuts television specials the fourth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> A computer-animated feature film based on the strip, The Peanuts Movie, will be released on November 6, 2015.


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Intro  History  Characters  Critical reception and legacy  Television and film productions  Books  Theatrical productions  Sound recordings  Amusement parks  Other licensed appearances and merchandise  References  External links  

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