TV Picks for Dec. 2:  "Charlie Brown Christmas,” "Rick and Morty,” "CMA Country Christmas”

  • Updated: December 1, 2013 - 2:00 PM

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” airs at 7 p.m. Monday on KSTP.

Good luck, Charlie

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (7 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5) may be nearly 50 years old, but it’s so remarkably fresh and touching that you’ll want to go out and adopt every wimpy tree you can find. Padding the hour is the bonus short “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales,” which is not nearly as delightful as “Schroeder’s Very Happy Hanukkah.”

Christmas hoedown

Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan are among those celebrating a “CMA Country Christmas” (8 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5). Jennifer Nettles hosts while her Sugarland partner Kristian Bush is sent into the forest to chop wood.

Weird science

Dan Harmon, the creator of “Community” and one of our favorite behind-the-scenes troublemakers, brings his sense of mischief to “Rick and Morty” (9:30 p.m., Adult Swim), an animated series about a sociopathic scientist who takes his dimwitted grandson on adventures across the universe. I wonder if they share a travel agent with Sherman and Mr. Peabody?

Neal Justin

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