49 episodes

Three lifelong cartoonists take an in-depth look at the comic strip masterpiece, Peanuts. Each week, Jimmy Gownley, Harold Buchholz and Michael Cohen examine the complete run of the comic by Charles M. Schulz from 1950 all the way up to the year 2000. Plus special guests and bonuses. Unpacking Peanuts is a fan podcast unaffiliated with Peanuts Worldwide.

Unpacking Peanuts Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, Harold Buchholz

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    • 4.7 • 24 Ratings

Three lifelong cartoonists take an in-depth look at the comic strip masterpiece, Peanuts. Each week, Jimmy Gownley, Harold Buchholz and Michael Cohen examine the complete run of the comic by Charles M. Schulz from 1950 all the way up to the year 2000. Plus special guests and bonuses. Unpacking Peanuts is a fan podcast unaffiliated with Peanuts Worldwide.

    1966 Part 2 - The Name’s Patty… “Peppermint” Patty

    1966 Part 2 - The Name’s Patty… “Peppermint” Patty

    There’s a new girl on the scene and she’s set to be a star, as Schulz turns the kid comic genre on its head with the debut of a startlingly modern new heroine; the immortal ‘‘Peppermint” Patty. Meanwhile, Snoopy is living an adventurous life, and Charlie Brown has no idea what’s going on. Plus: Engelbert Humperdinck. No, the other Engelbert Humperdinck.
    Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com
    Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 
    For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    1966 Part 1 - I Only Dread One Day at a Time

    1966 Part 1 - I Only Dread One Day at a Time

    Snoopy’s latest persona is a pop culture sensation, and he’s threatening to take over the entire strip! Unless the French Foreign Legion calls him away. Elsewhere, Sally still has her eye patch, Charlie Brown is still Charlie Brown, and Linus and Lucy are moving away! Plus: maze, M-A-Y-S, maze.
    Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com
    Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 
    For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    With Benjamin Clark, Curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum

    With Benjamin Clark, Curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum

    Today, the guys welcome Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center Curator Benjamin Clark. Benjamin leads a team of professionals dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the life and art of Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz. We talk about the excitement and challenges of working for the Peanuts brand, the care that goes into each exhibit at the museum, and the process of writing the new book Charles M. Schulz: A Life in 100 Objects. Plus: the origin of the Radio 914!
    Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com
    Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 
    For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    1965 Part 2 - The Flying Ace Takes Off!

    1965 Part 2 - The Flying Ace Takes Off!

    Peanuts is peaking and we are here for it! Charlie Brown goes to camp and makes a good temporary friend. Not content with becoming a mere pilot, Snoopy also launches both his writing and surfing careers. Lucy cures Charlie Brown with Psychiatry à Go Go, and Linus manifests the gift of prophecy.  Plus: Sydney or the Bush?!
    Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com
    Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 
    For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    1965 Part 1 - Young Beagles In Love

    1965 Part 1 - Young Beagles In Love

    Snoopy’s late night rendezvous with a certain girl beagle leads to thoughts of marriage. But will Snoopy get left at the altar? Meanwhile, Patty and Violet get a late career star turn, Linus gets something called a “cinch notice,” and Annette Funicello grows up. Plus: Jimmy meets Gene Simmons, and it does not go well.
    Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com
    Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 
    For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Special Episode - A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Special Episode - A Charlie Brown Christmas

    As much a part of the holidays as Rudolph and mistletoe, the legendary first Peanuts special has lived in the hearts of millions since its debut in 1965. In this special episode Jimmy, Harold, and Michael examine the strips that were adapted for the show, discuss the story behind the production, and relay their own experiences with viewing… or not viewing… the classic program. Plus: More graphics get blandished!
    Download super-listener Joshua Stauffer's PDF of the strips used in the animated special: https://bit.ly/3Cyt1vd
    Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com
    Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 
    For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.
     

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Stephanie Mack ,

Fantastic In Depth Discussions of Peanuts Strips and More!

I’ve been obsessed with Peanuts for over 60 years and this podcast is an incredible recent find. Listening to these professional cartoonists evaluate these strips with such insight and love is like manna falling from the sky. I’m now devouring every episode and can’t wait for more. Having the entire run of the strip in Fantagraphics volumes and now access to these podcasts couldn’t make me happier. Huge thanks to the creators of these wonderful episodes!

ExcuseMyJuicyBelches ,

Reminds me why I love “Peanuts” so much

The first thing I read when I learned to read was a Peanuts collection. Charlie Brown has always helped me through the tough times in life. This podcast reminds me why I enjoy it so much and why it spoke to me and so many people on a personal level.

Sheldonsays ,

Happiness is “Unpacking Peanuts”!

I have this podcast on most nights when I do my stretches, and it makes me look forward to doing stretches! Which, if you haven’t experienced the endless monotony of doing a bunch of stretches, says a lot. These episodes are fantastic, and they really dive deep into the comics they analyze. With Jimmy’s leadership and narration, Michael’s strong opinions and music, and Harold’s intellect and historical insight, this podcast is a joy to take in whenever there’s a new release. The funny segments including Peanuts Obscurities, Most Valuable Peanut, and of course, The Shermometer, are all great. And I very much appreciate how they delve into the art of cartooning amongst the analysis, something you won’t find on a non-cartoonist-driven podcast. Give it a listen and be of good cheer!

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