How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for free

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How to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ for free
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be broadcast on PBS, and it’s already available to Apple TV+ subscribers. Here’s how to watch it.
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to watch the beloved Peanuts holiday special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Apple TV+ subscribers can watch it anytime, but a free television broadcast will make it available to everyone.

Here’s how and when you can watch Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and Marcie act out The Courtship of Miles Standish if you want to catch the free broadcast.

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How to watch the Peanuts Thanksgiving special for free

Apple TV+ owns the rights to all Peanuts holiday specials. But it made a deal with PBS to broadcast the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas installments in 2021.

PBS and PBS KIDS will play A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 21, 2021, from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings for exact availability. This will be even better than when the special used to be on CBS (and later ABC) because it will be broadcast without commercial interruption.

Later in the year will come A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 19, 2021. It also will air on PBS and PBS Kids.

Or watch it on Apple TV+

In 2020, Apple allowed those who were not subscribers to Apple TV+ to watch the Peanuts Thanksgiving special for free. That is not being repeated in 2021. That means a $4.99 subscription is required to stream the show.

Subscribers can watch Charlie Brown serve toast and popcorn to his friends at any time, as it is available now. The same goes for the Peanuts Halloween and Christmas specials.

Any of these TV classics can be streamed or downloaded to be watched later.

Buy A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on DVD

Those who want anytime access to the Peanuts Thanksgiving special and don’t want to subscribe to Apple TV+ can buy the DVD. It’s available for under $12.

Buy from: Amazon

More Peanuts specials are on the way

Apple isn’t settling for streaming classic holiday specials starring Charlie Brown and friends. It’s working with WildBrain’s animation studio on creating new adventures for the gang. That started with some educational programs but the real draw has been The Snoopy Show starring the irrepressible beagle — a series that has a 100% critics approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.

There’s also a new show called Snoopy in Space. And in December 2021 will come the first new Peanuts holiday special from the collaboration. It’ll be called For Auld Lang Syne and will, unsurprisingly, celebrate New Year’s eve.

Source: PBS