Charlie Brown holiday classics will not air on ABC this holiday season

The classic animated TV specials A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas WILL NOT air on ABC this year. Instead, they will now be streaming exclusively on Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ has teamed up with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, to become the home for all things Peanuts, bringing together new original series and specials, along with the iconic, beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place.

New animated Peanuts originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and a slate of brand-new specials that will find the Peanuts gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and Back to School – all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced “The Snoopy Show,”; a brand-new Peanuts 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain; and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.”

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic Peanuts specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ on October 19, and will be available for free from October 30th until November 1st as a special treat on Apple TV+.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Apple TV+ will launch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on November 18th, and the special will be available for free from November 25th until November 27th.

The Peanuts gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4th. The holiday special will be available to enjoy for free from December 11th until December 13th.

8 thoughts on “Charlie Brown holiday classics will not air on ABC this holiday season

  • Jacqueline Brackin

    I’ve watched Charlie Brown every year and it’s a shame that people who can’t afford to pay to see it will miss out on the tradition. Shame on greedy companies!

  • I NEVER bought into Apple, and NOW this? My grandchildren are now old enough to enjoy this with and now you take this from me. I’m sad.

  • I have been watching this since the beginning in the 60s. My friends and I always new we had to get home to see Charlie and the grinch. Like all the Rankin Bass stuff Rudolph,Santa. So many. If we missed anything we had to wait a year to see it.And even though I own most every dvd it’s not the same as millions of us all watching together. Without fees!!!! It’s all just money now.I hate Apple!! They are the biggest rip off corp in the world.disusting fu#k Steve Job’s!!!

  • Marcym

    This is a s disappointing. It’s been a tradition since I was growing up. Charlie Brown always brought a smile during the holiday season. We needed this cartoon to air especially during the covid 19 times. We needed some uplifting and laughter. Shame on ABC🙁

    • ABC sucks I had been looking forward all year long to seeing the holiday cartoons and this is what they do? I’d like to know who thought of this idea putting the cartoons on Apple tv? probably some mental block. glad I have the dvd’s

      • Jamie s

        Very disappointing.. I have watched this every year with my family.. ABC sucks.. Apple sucks why pick them.. Bs

    • Anonymous

      Your so right! Leave it to all the giant corp with the big tax breaks. Who have made an extra trillion dollars since covid began impacting millions of people, families, to take some of our small piece of joy away. All for more profits. Boycott All Apple products. They don’t give a sh#t about consumers. Thats all you ate to them. I dont own any Apple products. And life is great without it. I bought my Charles Schulz dvds before Apple owned them . They suck as well as ABC.

  • Thomas Hinchey

    I’m absolutely disappointed to hear this news because i enjoy watching these peanuts holiday specials & for them to not air on ABC this year just doesn’t make any sense at all especially they’re always on every year for every holiday like come on it’s just not usual for this to happen !!!


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