Peanuts is a popular comic strip about a group of philosophical children created by Charles M. Schulz. The strip began running in newspapers on October 2, 1950, and ended on February 13, 2000, the day after Schulz's death, after which newspapers began to rerun older strips under the title Classic Peanuts. The strip is known for its memorable characters, including perennial loser Charlie Brown, blanket-carrying philosopher Linus, fussbudget Lucy, and Charlie Brown's imaginative dog, Snoopy.
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. The comic strip has spawned many television specials, multiple animated feature films, two stage musicals, and three television series. Snoopy was even ranked number six in Animal Planet's 50 Greatest TV Animals.
On February 11, 2000, ABC News aired a Nightline Friday Night Special called Good Grief, Charles Schulz! - the special featured, among other celebrities, an interview with Oscar the Grouch, taped on the set of Sesame Street. Oscar's performer Caroll Spinney, a cartoonist in his own right, made Oscar provide insight into the grouch's favorite Peanuts characters: While Pig-Pen had his admiration for obvious reasons, and he liked Charlie Brown's eternal hope despite his dismal scores, he chose Lucy van Pelt as his favorite ("What a grouch!"). Oscar ended the segment with a message aimed directly at Charles Schulz, saying "Hey Charles, you're OK! Hehe." Schulz, age 77, died the following day.
- Linus and Charlie Brown sing "Sing" in the stage show Happiness Is... performed at Knotts Berry Farm.
- A picture of Snoopy can be seen briefly in a Sesame Street live-action film "Round Things." The insert appeared in the Sesame Street Pitch Reel and the first test show, as well as later episodes of the series.
- "Happiness Is" from the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown has been performed on Sesame Street.
- At the end of a Sesame Street News Flash skit, when it literally "rains cats and dogs," one of the props used is a Snoopy doll.
- Snoopy: The Musical featured the original song "Just One Person," which has been used in many Muppet productions over the years.
- In the Sesame Street Billy Jo Jive short "Wrong Way Gets Rhythm," a poster depicting Snoopy and Woodstock is seen in Wrong Way Willie's bedroom.
- In one Sesame Street segment, The Two-Headed Monster uses a newspaper in a number of ways. A Peanuts comic strip can be seen on the front of the newspaper.
- When asked his age in a 1984 appearance on The Saturday Show, Kermit expresses his uncertainty by posing the questions, "How old is Snoopy? How old is Charlie Brown?"
- When the babies recruit Fozzie as a bug exterminator in "Bug-Busting Babies" he comments on their outfits and heavy gear, "Hey, if this is Halloween, can I be the Great Pumpkin?"
- The Muppet Babies episode "Comic Capers" made extensive use of Peanuts. Without Nanny to read them the comics, the babies persuade Baby Kermit to interpret a Peanuts Sunday strip. Later, Baby Kermit as Charlie Brown, Baby Rowlf as Schroeder, Baby Piggy as Lucy, and Baby Skeeter as the Peppermint Patty-like "Butterscotch Skeeter". In another scene, Baby Scooter, inside a computer, is turned into a variety of comic strip icons, including Charlie Brown. Clips from the various Peanuts animated specials were also used, and a brief scene of Charlie Brown being drawn appeared in the song "The Sunday Funnies."
- The 1997 direct-to-video Sesame Street title Quiet Time features Telly acquiring advice from The Wise Man, who occupies a booth modeled after Lucy's "The Psychiatrist Is In" booth from the Peanuts comic strips and cartoons.
- In Sesame Street Unpaved, it's pointed out that Telly Monster shares his astrological sign, Libra, with Charlie Brown ("another great worrier").
- A scene featuring Elmo piloting a plane in the broadcast version of "Elmo's World: Transportation" is underscored with Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" theme from the Peanuts television specials. The music was replaced when released on Elmo Wonders.
- In the book One Frog Can Make a Difference, Kermit expresses his disgust with being kissed by princesses by recalling a famous Peanuts moment: "Remember how when Snoopy kissed her, Lucy used to say, 'Yecch. Dog lips'"?
- In Elmo's Potty Time, Gordon is reading a Peanuts comic (not shown, but indicated by dialogue) to Baby Bear and his sister Curly.
- In Elmo's Christmas Countdown, when Stan the Snowball finds out that Stiller the Elf is in the story, he says that Stiller is famous, "like The Grinch, or Frosty, or that round-headed kid who picked out that crummy tree", referring to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Several performers and crew members have worked on Peanuts adaptations, as well as with the Muppets.
- Roger Bart played Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999, Broadway revival)
- Kristin Chenoweth played Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999, Broadway revival), and Fifi in The Peanuts Movie (2015)
- Stacy Ann Ferguson voiced Sally Brown in It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984), Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985), and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1985)
- Clark Gesner wrote book, music and lyrics for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1966 as concept album, 1967 Off-Broadway, 1971 on Broadway)
- Whoopi Goldberg hosted Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (2000).
- Larry Grossman composed the songs for Snoopy: The Musical (1975, stage)
- Jeremy Miller voiced Linus in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986, TV), Snoopy: The Musical (1988, TV), and one episode of This is America, Charlie Brown (1988, TV)
- Joe Raposo was the musical supervisor, arranger, and composed additional music for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1971, Broadway debut)
- Trombone Shorty "voiced" Miss Othmar and Mrs. Little Red-Haired Girl in The Peanuts Movie (2015)
- Judy Sladky plays the costumed Snoopy in various live appearances
- Frank Welker voiced various historical characters in This is America, Charlie Brown (1988-1989, TV)
- B. D. Wong played Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999, Broadway revival)
- Madisyn Shipman voiced Violet in The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Additionally, Universal Studios Japan, which features Sesame Street characters and attractions, also has a Snoopy Studios area with the Peanuts characters as well as appearing together in parades.