ACharlie Brown Thanksgiving has been essential holiday viewing for people who like their children’s cartoons with a streak of existential melancholy ever since the special first aired in 1973. Though the Charlie Brown holiday specials usually air on ABC during the season, this year the specials have moved with the times and are going to a streaming service, allowing viewers to watch the special at any time during Turkey Day.
The 1973 TV special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is as traditional as turkey and stuffing. Many fans, therefore, were unhappy to learn in October that the Peanuts holiday specials– including It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; and the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, were moving from CBS to Apple TV Plus.
Fans gave thanks, however, when Apple later announced a deal with PBS to air ad-free broadcasts of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on both PBS and the PBS Kids website. But if you missed out on those showings, read on for ways you can still enjoy Snoopy’s not-so-traditional popcorn-and-toast dinner. And if you’re already looking ahead to December, A Charlie Brown Christmas will air for free on PBS and its website on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. local (6:30 p.m. Central).
Over on Apple TV Plus, just like the Halloween special, the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will all be viewable free for a few days each, according to Apple. While no special Apple equipment or subscription is required, viewers must have a decent internet connection, Snoopy Thanksgiving T-Shirt be tech-savvy enough to seek out the specials via browser or app during their brief window of free availability, and have a device that can show them. Even in 2020, those conditions don’t apply to everyone– and before the PBS broadcast offering was announced, some fans were unhappy.
” I live in the country and have pretty crappy internet service,” one Twitter user wrote back in October. “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 and with my kids but the tradition has died for my grandkids. So sad. Thanks no thanks Apple.”.