‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’: How, Where to Watch

by Madison Miller
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 “We’ve got another holiday to worry about. It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us,” Charlie Brown says during the timeless holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

The short film originally aired in 1973 and was written by Charles M. Schulz. It follows our favorite crew of Charlie Brown characters as they navigate having a successful Thanksgiving. Peppermint Patty ends up inviting herself to Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving.

She shows up and Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock are all there trying to have Thanksgiving dinner. The 30-minute program went on to even win a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Special and continues to be a tradition for people everywhere to watch on Thanksgiving. So, how can you watch it today?

How to Watch ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’

As it turns out, watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” isn’t always the easiest thing to do. CBS first aired the special starting in 1973 every year until 1989. Then Disney Channel and Nickelodeon aired the special throughout the ’90s.

Eventually, our favorite Peanuts ended up on ABC. The network aired different Peanuts specials, including “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” from 2001 to 2019. Luckily, there are a few ways you can watch this year. According to The Sun, AppleTV actually has the rights to the different animated specials. They joined forces with their partner PBS to have a live showing on November 21.

You can still watch now on AppleTV at any time. If that’s all you want to watch on the streaming platform, you can even set up a free trial that lasts seven days. After that, it will cost $4.99 a month to keep the streaming service. The fact that it’s on a streaming platform makes it that much easier, seeing as you can watch it at your convenience.

Fun Facts About the Holiday Classic

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is actually the third holiday special in the Peanuts franchise. It closely followed “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 1965 and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in 1966.

As for the show itself, there’s plenty that continues to stick out to people. One character that appears on the program is Lucy Van Pelt. We actually only see her once briefly when she yanks away the football right as Charlie Brown goes to kick it.

It’s also not unknown that Charlie Brown and his crew seem to exist in a realm outside of adult influence. Most people are familiar with the distant drone of the “wah wah wah” trombone that is the adult voice first heard by Charlie Brown’s teacher. However, according to WFTV, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” was actually the first special to feature an adult voice.

It’s not a clear-cut line, however. You can hear composer Vince Guaraldi’s voice in the song “Little Birdie.”

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