A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving won’t air on broadcast TV this year, however, you can stream the holiday classic for free. The Peanuts holiday specials are a seasonal delight for generations. None will be broadcast this year, as Apple owns the exclusive rights to the Peanuts catalog. Fear not, since the streamer is granting free access to these beloved specials, no subscription required. Mark your calendars, though, the viewing window is as brief as November’s daylight hours.
Apple acquired the rights to the Peanuts holiday specials years ago and has been gradually enticing viewers to the Apple TV+ app each holiday season. Previously, the specials aired on TV channels in partnership with Apple. Since 2022, the specials have been exclusively available on Apple TV+.
How to Watch ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’
While subscribers can access A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving anytime, the scheduled free viewing times are on November 18th and 19th. Meanwhile, A Charlie Brown Christmas can be seen without a subscription from Dec. 16-17. For new and eligible subscribers, the service provides a complimentary seven-day trial. You can also subscribe to the streaming service for $6.99 a month.
Born in 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the beloved “Peanuts” gang, had a deep passion for cartooning. His dream came true when his first comic strip, “Li’l Folks,” caught the attention of a local newspaper in his twenties. The comic featured a group of precocious youngsters. Eventually, the series was named “Peanuts”.
In 1965, the newspaper comic strip transitioned to television with the premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This special swiftly captured the affection of millions, with over 15 million households tuning in. Many spin-offs followed, including a 2015 CGI animated film.
Apple recently ordered a follow-up to the 2015 film, with Charlie Brown and the gang reportedly headed to New York City. Steve Martino will direct the upcoming Peanuts film, produced by Bonnie Arnold. Karey Kirkpatrick, co-writer of Chicken Run, Smallfoot, and Over the Hedge, will adapt an original story by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. This team previously collaborated on 2015’s The Peanuts Movie for 20th Century Fox.
“It is so special to carry on my father’s legacy with an original story from me, my son Bryan, and his writing partner Neil,” Craig Schulz wrote in a statement. Tara Sorensen, Apple’s head of children’s programming, also weighed in on the project. “We can’t wait for everyone to experience this heartwarming new adventure with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang in the big city,” Sorensen said.
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