The People Have Been Heard Charlie Brown Airing On Public TV

Brenda Watkins
November 19, 2020

Apple received public outcry earlier this fall when it gained rights to the Peanuts holiday specials, starting with the airing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" exclusively on Apple TV+. "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" will air at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, on PBS (OPB for OR viewers) and PBS KIDS.

This time around, the Charlie Brown and Peanuts fans have won this battle. The lovable loser, the Peanuts gang and their iconic holiday specials will be back - albeit briefly - on broadcast television this year after all.

The Peanuts gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of "A Charlie Brown Christmas", streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4.

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According to this morning's announcement, Apple and PBS are teaming up to offer broadcasts on PBS and PBS KIDS, as well as streaming on Apple TV Plus.

AppleTV+ released the Thanksgiving special on Wednesday and while the service usually requires a membership, the Thanksgiving special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27. They'll air ad-free across both channels on November 22nd and December 13th, respectively. The Christmas program comes to the streaming service Dec. 4 and is free from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13. The deal made the streaming service the exclusive home for classic Peanuts content, as well as new original series and specials based on Charles M. Schulz's cartoon characters, several of which have been renewed.

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