110 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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 42 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.

    1984 Part 2 - Peppermint Paris

    1984 Part 2 - Peppermint Paris

    Peppermint Patty flunks big time. What’s her punishment? A trip to Europe of course!  Back home, Linus and Charlie Brown fail to notice a sea monster. Also, the Unpacking Peanuts crew declare which character they each most relate to. Can the internet withstand the excitement?! Plus: Clouds of Despair
    Harold's Robot Monster project on Kickstarter:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3dfilmarchive/robot-monster-comics-in-3-d-64-page-graphic-novel
    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 Threads, and @unpackingpeanuts on Facebook, Blue Sky, and YouTube. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    1984 Part 1 - Big Brother is Watching You, Charlie Brown

    1984 Part 1 - Big Brother is Watching You, Charlie Brown

    It’s 1984. A time for rumpled expressions, tall grapes, and spotting black. It’s also another year highlighting sports, exercise, and corduroy pants. Plus: Michael disses Toth. Harold plays the oboe. Jimmy paints a cow. And Liz acts like a duck.
    We mention our previous interviews with Ivan Brunetti:
    https://pod.link/unpackingpeanuts/episode/047974d2b761266524932f6c9024e7e7
    and with Mark Crilley:https://pod.link/unpackingpeanuts/episode/c46d97454305fe04273372c32335d115
     
    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 Threads, and @unpackingpeanuts on Facebook, Blue Sky, and YouTube. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    1983 Part 2 - Would You Like To Push Me Into the Lake, Sir?

    1983 Part 2 - Would You Like To Push Me Into the Lake, Sir?

    Charlie Brown finds himself in the midst of a love triangle. Of course he has no idea what to do about it, but maybe Sally can help him out. Elsewhere in the neighborhood… Rerun is branching out. Lucy is Crabby. And Woodstock does a little dance. Plus: The Palmer Method 
    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 Threads, and @unpackingpeanuts on Facebook, Blue Sky, and YouTube. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Bonus Episode: April Fools!

    Bonus Episode: April Fools!

    Is it a bonus mini episode or a cruel prank played on you by the heartless hosts of Unpacking Peanuts? Only by listening will you know for sure! Plus: There’s a spider on your shoulder! 
    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 Threads, and @unpackingpeanuts on Facebook, Blue Sky, and YouTube. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 8 min
    1983 Part 1 - I See You Have a Security Blanket…

    1983 Part 1 - I See You Have a Security Blanket…

    In this episode, the guys ask what it is that sparks a burst of creativity? And how does the calendar affect a daily cartoonist.  Linus kicks the blanket habit (briefly) and is trying to help others do the same. Peppermint Patty loves her dad and Spike is under attack by coyotes… but the Beagle Scouts are on the way. Plus: Did there used to be more trees?
    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 Threads, and @unpackingpeanuts on Facebook, Blue Sky, and YouTube. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    1982 Part 2 - Kiss Her, You Blockhead!

    1982 Part 2 - Kiss Her, You Blockhead!

    Marcie makes her move and shows Charlie Brown how she feels. Charlie Brown blows it, leaving Peppermint Patty to pick up the pieces. Elsewhere… Marbles shows up, Rerun returns, and Woodstock enters his David Foster Wallace period. Plus: An MVP sweep.
    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 Threads, and @unpackingpeanuts on Facebook, Blue Sky, and YouTube. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  
    Thanks for listening.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Beagle Scout wannabe ,

What a fantastic podcast

It was a very good day when I happened upon this podcast! It’s an absolute gem. I was a total Peanuts nerd growing up, and am now really enjoying reliving the strips through this podcast. You all have such an easy going rapport, too. Listening to you makes my boring work commute go by in a flash now. Happiness is Unpacking Peanuts.
P.S. Andy Capp was one of my Dad’s favorite strips, but it never worked for me.

Gus the Donut Man ,

Be of good cheer..

This podcast is nearly as delightful and engaging as the incredible comic strip they unpack!

Rockhopper Lad ,

Peanuts Nerd-vana

I am a huge Peanuts fan. Going to the Schulz Museum last year was almost a pilgrimage. It is amazing to hear people talking about Charlie Brown and his friends with the same excitement I have for them. I’m a writer, so I always approach Peanuts from character development and dialogue. Hearing three cartoonists discuss the strip adds their perspective as artists. Of course, I knew what a talented artist Schulz was, but I have learned so much from listening to them.

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