Apple teams with PBS to broadcast beloved Peanuts holiday specials

Apple will let PBS broadcast ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ for everyone to see.
Everyone can watch a broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on PBS. No computer required.
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Apple has an answer for all who want to watch Peanuts specials on regular TV. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving debuts Wednesday for Apple TV+ subscribers, but it’ll also be broadcast later this month on PBS stations across the US. The companion special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, will also appear on Apple’s streaming service as well as PBS stations in December.

Apple TV+ recently acquired the rights to all Peanuts holiday specials. The deal brought loud criticism when It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown didn’t appear on broadcast TV for the first time in decades, but only online. The team up with PBS is apparently Apple’s fix.

How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Any Apple TV+ subscriber can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving right now. For non-subscribers, the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27 through Apple’s streaming service. Watching only requires the free Apple TV app or accessing the Apple TV website.

For those who want to see it on a regular TV, the Peanuts Thanksgiving special will also air on PBS and PBS KIDS on November 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. CT). This broadcast will be commercial free.

And A Charlie Brown Christmas too

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas for Apple TV+ subscribers on December 4. The holiday special will be available to all to enjoy for free from December 11 through December 13.

In addition, the special will be broadcast on PBS and PBS KIDS on December 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. CT).