- ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ won’t air on broadcast TV this year.
- It joins ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ as holiday specials unavailable on their traditional venue.
- Instead, viewers can see these movies for a limited time for free on AppleTV+ or more often if they are a subscriber.
For the first time in almost six decades, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will not air on broadcast TV. All of the Charlie Brown holiday specials were purchased by Apple TV+. They will air on the streaming service, but luckily the specials will air for free on certain dates.
Be sure to download Apple TV+. Even if you are not a subscriber, you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving from November 25 to 27. You can then watch A Charlie Brown Christmas from December 11 to 13.
‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ will not air on ABC
A year after the movie debuted, A Charlie Brown Christmas won an Emmy. It became ingrained as a holiday tradition in the latter half of the year for six decades. As a result of this break in tradition, people signed a petition protesting the move from broadcast TV to a streaming service.
Some noted that elderly viewers may not be able to get streaming services. Others said that it was a tradition to watch these specials on broadcast TV every year.
I live in the country and have pretty crappy internet service. I do have directv but no streaming apps. I've been a fan of the peanuts holiday shows for years. Watched them as a child & with my kids but the tradition has died for my grand kids. So sad. Thanks no thanks Apple.
— Kat Tiede (@TiedeKat) October 30, 2020
What’s your take on the change to this beloved tradition? Will you be watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Apple TV+?
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