A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits". “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (1973) which has a 30-minute run time is listed as a “TV Special” while “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) with a 25-minute run time is listed as a “TV Movie”. Also, “He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown” (1968), which also has a 30-minute run time, is listed as a “TV Short”. For consistency, IMDb should determine what length a film, special, video, etc. is considered a short. IMDB should also merge either the TV Short and TV Special categories or merge the TV Movie and TV Special categories. Regardless, these 3 categories should become 2 categories with only one criterion determining whether the tv film is considered one or the other. That criterion should be the length of the tv film including credits.
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The Academy's definition only applies to films. All of the Charlie Brown things you listed, should be listed as "TV Specials" because that is truly what they are. I'm not sure that "TV Short" has any meaning as "Short" from an academy standpoint only referred to as a "short film" which I'm not sure TV has ever made.
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Here proof of the 3 different categories being used by IMBd for the same thing.
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”A Charlie Brown Christmas” is probably only listed as a ”TV Movie” because the genre for ”Short” is missing.

For ”He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown”, the genre for ”Short” is (also) listed, so now it’s listed as a ”TV Short”.

It’s true that some people probably miss the ”Short” genre choice and it’s not ”corrected” later on. Of course these all ARE ”movies” (feature or short, animation or live action) so the mistake is not very serious.

EDIT: I don't fully agree that these are "TV Specials". It's true that this "TV Movie" vs "TV Special" for genres is a bit confusing on IMDb.

Older thread (perhaps a bit related):
TV movie = FICTION
TV special = NON-FICTION
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IMDb's definition of a short depends on the medium:

Any theatrical film or made-for-video title with a running time of less than 45 minutes, i.e., 44 minutes or less, or any TV series or TV movie with a running time of less than 22 minutes, i.e. 21 minutes or less. (A "half-hour" television program should not be listed as a Short.)