The traditional Halloween and Holiday Charlie Brown specials airs on PBS this year.
Apple TV+ now owns the rights to Charlie Brown but Apple announced that they have given PBS the rights to broadcast three traditional Charlie Brown specials this year.
The dates for the showings on PBS are:
- “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” airs at 7:30 PM ET on Sunday, October 24, 2021. You can stream it anytime on Apple TV+.
- “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will air on WFYI-20 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021. You can stream it anytime on Apple TV+.
- “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will air at 7:30 pm ET Sunday, December 19, 2021. You can stream it anytime on Apple TV+.
Apple TV+ also announced a brand new Peanuts holiday special, “For Auld Lang Syne.” The special debuts on Apple TV+ on December 10, 2021. The cartoon follows the Peanuts gang as they attempt to throw a New Year’s Eve party.
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Charlie Brown Christmas
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” was first broadcast in 1965, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
“It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” followed in 1966 and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” was first broadcast in 1973.
In 2020, Apple TV+ acquired the rights to the Peanuts television specials and initially planned to offer them only to Apple TV+ subscribers. After relentless public pressure, the streaming service gave PBS the rights to broadcast them as well.