Charlie Brown Holiday Specials Will be Shown on TV This Year

Carla Harmon
November 20, 2020

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" are coming to PBS thanks to a new deal with Apple.

The "Great Pumpkin" never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air.

After backlash towards Apple for acquiring the streaming rights to Peanuts specials this holiday season, the shows will air on PBS after all, Variety reported. In addition to the three holiday classics, Apple TV+ is home to new animated Peanuts originals, including the Daytime Emmy-nominated Snoopy in Space.


13 (7:30 p.m., Channels 48, 54, 16, 14.3).

PBS will broadcast "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" on WJCT-TV 7.1, Comcast 8 & 440, and on PBS Kids, which airs on WJCT-TV 7.3, this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. According to Vulture, this will be the first year since the first special debuted in 1965 that the Peanuts specials wouldn't air on broadcast TV.

After hundreds of thousands signed protest petitions online, Apple reversed course.


A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered 55 years ago on CBS on December 9, 1965.

The partnership between PBS and Apple comes after national outrage following an announcement that the trifecta of holiday specials would be headed to Apple TV+ this year. The special will be available for free on the platform from November 25 through November 27. The Christmas program comes to the streaming service Dec. 4 and is free from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13. It will be available for free from December 11 through December 13. Here's a link to my "10 Things To Know About "A Charlie Brown Christmas" " story from 2015, for the 50th anniversary".


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