Why You Can’t Stream ‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ or ‘Christmas’ Free This Year

by Clayton Edwards
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Nearly every family has a list of holiday traditions. Some of those traditions are personal and not shared by everyone. However, there is some nationwide overlap. For instance, most families will sit down to incredibly similar holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Additionally, most households will have the TV tuned to either the Macy’s parade or football. Another tradition that most American families share is gathering to watch the Charlie Brown holiday specials. This year, though, you’ll have to pay to watch them.

Peanuts fans, nostalgic adults, and excited kids gather around the TV on Thanksgiving to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving every year. Right now, it and the rest of the classic Peanuts holiday specials are streaming on Apple TV+ just like last year. However, unlike last year, they aren’t free to stream. Instead, hopeful holiday audiences will have to pay $4.99 and sign up for Apple’s streaming service. On the other hand, those who haven’t signed up before can get a seven-day free trial.

Apple Ruffles the Feathers of Charlie Brown Fans

Purchasing the Peanuts specials was one of Apple’s biggest intellectual property acquisitions, according to PopCulture. The way they’ve managed the timeless classics for the past couple of years has rubbed some Charlie Brown fans the wrong way.

Last year, many were upset to see that the Charlie Brown specials didn’t air on broadcast TV. Sitting down and tuning in to the Peanuts gang has been a staple of family gatherings since the seventies. However, Apple chose to put them on their streaming service for free instead. This year, they’ve reversed that decision. Apple is allowing PBS to air each of the holiday classics once.

Unfortunately, PBS aired A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on November 21st. So, if you didn’t catch it, you’ll have to stream it. If you’re hoping to catch the Christmas special, it will air on PBS on December 19th at 7:30 pm Eastern TIme.

Apple is Bringing a New Peanuts Special to the Table

The fact that all of the Charlie Brown specials are now behind a paywall might sting a little. After all, who really needs another streaming subscription at this point? Apple is doing its best to make it worth the five bucks a month for Peanuts fans, though. They’ll premiere a brand new holiday special later this year.

 According to Variety, the streaming service will drop a new Charlie Brown New Year’s special on December 10. It’s called For Auld Lang Syne and is just the first of many potential new installments in the Peanuts franchise.

This is the second Peanuts New Year’s special. The first, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, premiered in 1986. Additionally, For Auld Lang Syne is the first holiday special that doesn’t have one of the main characters’ names in the title.

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