CBS Originally Hated 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Because Of Its 'Anti-Consumerism'

The show was hardly an endorsement of the Christmas-tree market. Source: IMDB

Though beloved today, the TV holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas was disliked by CBS and might not have seen the light of day. With a meandering story, a strange jazz soundtrack, and a message deemed anti-consumerist, the program seemed unlikely to succeed -- yet it has been airing annually for over 50 years.

Thankfully, no one listened to the know-it-all executives who conspired to sink A Charlie Brown Christmas.