I watched the Great Pumpkin with Nia & Sophie the other night, and it was an eye-opening experience. I had whipped them into a frenzy of anticipation (since that’s how I remember feeling about its annual broadcast), and then when I started listening to the dialogue, I wondered if I could get away with turning it off. The kids are awful -- calling each other stupid or blockheads, telling Charlie Brown that his party invitation was a mistake, etc etc. Even the adults get it on the torment by giving Charlie rocks in his trick or treat bag. And yet almost every adult I know, including me, remembers that show with great warmth and fondness. Go figure.
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