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Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials

Ever since they took them away it's been depressing not having Snoopy for the holidays.

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Charlie Brown holiday specials will not air on TV for the first time in decades — they'll be on Apple TV+
BY CAITLIN O'KANE

OCTOBER 21, 2020 / 1:36 PM / CBS NEWS

For the first time in nearly six decades, the Charlie Brown holiday specials will not be broadcast on television. Instead, the Peanuts are heading to Apple TV+.

Each year, local stations announce the much-anticipated airdates of the iconic Charlie Brown Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. The trifecta of animated specials has aired on ABC for the past 20 years, according to Vulture. Before that, they aired on CBS.

Families can still continue the tradition of watching Charlie Brown around the holidays — but it will be a bit different this year.


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Apple TV+ announced this week it has made a deal with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to stream the specials, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965), "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (1973) and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966).

Apple TV+ will also be getting new originals featuring the "Peanuts" characters.

In a statement to CBS News, a rep for Apple confirmed that the specials will only be available on Apple TV+. Each will be available for free for a short period of time. Then, "Peanuts" fans will have to pay to watch Charlie Brown, Snoopy and their friends.

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The Halloween special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," was expected to begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ on October 19, and will be available for free from October 30 until November 1, Apple said in its press release.

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" will be available on November 18, and free to watch from November 25 until November 27.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" will be available for free from December 11 until December 13.

First published on October 21, 2020 / 1:36 PM

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Caitlin O'Kane
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Caitlin O'Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift.

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Re: Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials…

I rented the DVDs from Netflix and put almost all (or most) of them on my hard-drive.

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Re: Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials

Both specials are airing on broadcast TV. The Thanksgiving special already aired on November 22nd on PBS. The Christmas special will air on PBS on December 13th.

You can also watch both specials on Apple TV for free. The Thanksgiving special will be available to anyone for free from November 25 to 27. The Christmas special can be watched for free from December 11 to 13.

Or you can buy them so you can watch them whenever you want.

Re: Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials

Thank you. Good old PBS. I should support them more.

30 seconds after the Challenger blew up he's on the phone selling NASA stock short. Mr. Nice Guy!

Re: Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials

Apple acquired the rights so they are basically allowing this to be shown on PBS who agreed to partner this year and show the movies ad-free.

But I totally agree with the sentiment. These should be in the public domain at this point. But the best way to say 'screw you' to Apple and the like for similar things is to…well…I'm new here, so I don't want to say…but you know. I mean I'm about as filthy a capitalist as you can get. I actually LIKED Gordon Gekko, but sometimes you have to draw the line.

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Re: Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials

I own them all in a DVD box set. I get it's "tradition" to watch them on tv, but there's nothing stopping people from watching them period.

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Re: Missing the Peanuts Holiday specials

It's not the same if it's not on TV.
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