This show, loved by millions, and seen every year since it originally aired in 1965, would never be produced today in our politically correct world. It’s just too controversial.
This show has it all: small children berating each other every few minutes; greed; self-centeredness; exclusionary behavior; insensitivity…
None of these things are really the problem that would prevent this show from being created today.
The problem is a couple of minutes from the end of the show. The single act, so expected in its time, and yet in the eyes of many so bold and offensive today, is the reading of Luke 2:9-14. Six verses in the Bible, covering the birth of Jesus, delivered with all seriousness as “what Christmas is all about.”
Not a single other Christmas special I can think of airing today even mentions Jesus. It’s always all about peace, love, and togetherness; sharing, kindness, and forgiveness. All of those things are great and important, but what Christmas is really all about is exactly what Linus said: thanking God for the gift of his son to us. Everything else is gravy.
I can’t even conceive of a show that espouses that same message getting produced today for a major network. In fact, when I think about it, I’m even surprised they still air this one.
Though, seriously, you can’t beat the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack…