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'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' was released in 1973

Here's How To Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving In 2021

Find the Peanuts gang on Apple TV+ and on PBS this holiday season.

by Alexia McKay and Casey Suglia
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Every year, families sit down to watch those classic Peanuts holiday specials. And, traditionally, that required a good old-fashioned cable subscription. This year, however, you'll need to sign up for to sign up for Apple TV+ to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. But before you say "good grief" on the gobble gobble spirit, the special will be available for free ahead of the holiday.

You Can Stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving On Apple TV+

You can stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Apple TV+. But if you don’t have a subscription to Apple’s streaming service, you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving when it airs on PBS right around the holiday. If you do end up missing the broadcast, you'll have to subscribe to Apple TV+ for $4.99 a month to see Woodstock, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Franklin, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt, Peppermint Patty, and Sally Brown.

Other Peanuts holiday specials, including It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, are also available on Apple TV+.

After rights to the Peanuts content were acquired by Apple TV+ in 2018, 2020 was the first time these beloved holiday specials did not air on TV since 1965. "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 iconic beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place," the streaming service said.

Or Watch It On TV Exclusively On PBS

There is some good news — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will also air on TV this year. You can watch the special on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. EST airing on PBS and PBS Kids. Be sure to check your local listings so you know which channel to tune into. Apple TV+ has teamed up with PBS to allow families to continue their holiday traditions if they don’t have access to the streaming service.

If You Don’t Have Apple TV+, You Still Have Options

If you don’t want to add another subscription to your list of bills or prefer not to stream the holiday special, you can always dust off your old DVD or Blu-ray player and purchase a copy of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in stores or online from Target for $19.99. The DVD version is $9.99. Google Play also has an ebook audio version available for $6.99. And of course, there is always Amazon, which will deliver a copy of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving straight to your door.

No matter how you choose to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this year, it will surely to bring the same joy it's brought to families for decades. So sit back with your family and enjoy watching Charlie Brown put together a Thanksgiving meal of jellybeans, pretzels, and two slices of toast for his friends in the 1973 classic.

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