As to be expected during this time of the year, there is about to be an influx of holiday specials and various movie marathons — which, quite honestly, I simply cannot get enough of. It also means that all of the Charlie Brown specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, are beginning to air on TV. But since watching live TV is much less common than it used to be, there are some people out there who are probably going to be asking: is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Netflix?
The Halloween special does have some options available for streaming purposes, but unfortunately none of them include Netflix, or even Hulu, which are primary streaming platforms for a lot of TV lovers. Even though these go-to options aren't available, you can pay to stream it on YouTube, Amazon, or iTunes since none of the Charlie Brown specials are available on Netflix for streaming. Some of those platforms offer the option to buy the film digitally, which means it will be available for your family to watch all year long — if that's what they want!
The Halloween special also airs on network television every year. On Oct. 22, It's the Great Pumpkin will air on ABC at 8/7c, and again on Oct. 27 at 7/6c.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown premiered as a TV special back in 1966 and since then, has been a staple for many families and a solid tradition to bring in the beginning of the holiday seasons. While Halloween isn’t exactly a family holiday for some, it’s still a fun day to come together and play pretend and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown can be a part of that holiday fun.
As the third Peanuts holiday TV special, the movie follows the entire Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween and wait with Linus for the Great Pumpkin’s arrival, which he believes to be imminent but never happens. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and most of the others enjoy trick-or-treating, where Charlie gets mostly rocks instead of candy, and then they all attend a Halloween party together — except for Linus, who wants to find the mythical Great Pumpkin, and Sally, who loves him enough to give up the Halloween festivities to join him.
It’s pretty much as complicated as it can be in the span of 25 minutes, but it’s still a fun watch, especially if it’s something you’ve seen every year since you were a kid.
The Charlie Brown franchise may be considered "old" by the youth of today (heck, I thought it was old back when I was a kid), but it still manages to pull off impressive ratings each year. In 2016, Variety reported that the Oct. 19 airing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown brought in an average of 7.66 million viewers. To put that into perspective, the same night, CBS' Survivor averaged 8.63 million viewers and that’s a popular weekly show that’s been on for years. Clearly, the love for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
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