Why aren't the Charlie Brown holiday specials on network TV?

Carla Harmon
October 23, 2020

Instead, the animated classics will be reserved for exclusive viewing via AppleTV+ after the company signed a deal with Peanuts' brand and production companies.

If one of your favourite holiday traditions is to watch the "Charlie Brown Christmas" and 'It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, ' you're going to need to alter your plans, this year.

However, viewers can still watch the holiday specials on the streaming application for free in specific windows.


Just in time for US Thanksgiving, Apple TV+ will launch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on November 18, and the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27.

Peanuts was created by Charles M. Shulz in 1947 under the working name Li'l Folks.

Apple TV+ subscribers will also be treated to the previously announced The Snoopy Show, a new Peanuts 70th anniversary documentary, and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.


Apple TV+ purchased the rights to everything "Peanuts" and thus the Halloween special will available on the streaming service for free on October 30 to November 1. But this year it will air on Apple TV+.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" will debut on Dec. 4 and will be available for free from Dec. 11 until Dec. 13.

I think at least making it free for some time is a good thing, but what a huge pain the butt for people who don't have smart TVs or just are not interested in supporting Apple. The deal makes the streaming service the exclusive home for classic Peanuts content, as well as new original series and specials based on Charles M. Schulz's cartoon characters.


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