Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang won’t be on network TV this holiday season, but here’s how you can still watch the beloved holiday special for free.
WASHINGTON — If you’re looking for the “great pumpkin” this fall, You’ll only find it on Apple TV+. And not on traditional broadcast television.
Now before you say “good grief”. Apple announced this week that it will once again make Charlie Brown a holiday special. Available for free viewing for non-subscribers for a few days.
In 2020, Apple TV+ became the new home of all things Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, including beloved holiday specials. It caused an uproar when viewers realized it meant the special would not air on TV for the first time in decades.
While Halloween 2020 came and went without seeing “The Great Pumpkin” on TV, Apple later teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” .
Last year, all three Peanuts holiday specials aired again on PBS. However, that will not be the case this year.
PBS confirmed in an email that it does not have the rights to distribute the Peanuts special this year.
So if you’re looking for “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” You will need to change Apple TV+.
Those without Apple TV+ subscriptions will be able to watch each special for free for a limited time around the holidays.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be available for free viewing from October 28th to October 31st. “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be available from November 23rd to November 27th. And “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be available from December 22nd to December 25th.
“The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” premiered on CBS in 1966, then moved to ABC in 2001, where it continues to air annually through the 2020s.
How to watch “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for free
1. Go to tv.apple.com Or download the Apple TV app.
2. Search for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and press play to stream for free from October 28-31. If you’re an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can watch anytime.