‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Will Return to Broadcast TV This Year

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We grew up watching Charlie Brown and his friends every holiday season. It just wouldn’t be Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas without seeing Charlie Brown try and fail to kick a football.

In 2020, Apple took ownership of the Peanuts franchise, and that meant that for the first time in many years the Peanuts specials weren’t going to air on broadcast TV. In fact, the Halloween special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” never aired on broadcast TV last year. Fortunately, the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials aired on PBS.

If you’re hoping to catch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on TV before heading out for trick-or-treating, there’s good news. The special will be back on TV this year without having to jump over to Apple TV Plus. In fact, you can catch it on your local PBS or PBS Kids station.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is set to air on PBS and PBS Kids on October 24 at 7:30pm eastern time. That’s the Sunday before Halloween.

If you’re hoping to watch the Thanksgiving and Christmas Peanuts specials on TV this year, we have more good news. Those specials will also air on PBS, and there seems to be a theme to the time and day when the specials are airing. They all air at 7:30pm eastern time on the Sunday before their respective holiday. That means, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” airs at 7:30pm eastern time on Sunday November 21, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” airs at 7:30pm eastern time on Sunday December 19.

This year, there’s actually a new Peanuts special, but it doesn’t include the name “Charlie Brown” or “Peanuts.” It’s called “For Auld Lang Syne,” and it’s a brand new New Year’s Eve special. This special is currently not scheduled to air on PBS or PBS Kids. If you want to see Charlie Brown try to complete a New Year’s resolution and Lucy throw herself a New Year’s Eve party, you’ll have to watch the new special on Apple TV Plus. It premies on the streaming platform on December 10.

Are you glad that the traditional Peanuts holiday specials will be back on broadcast TV this year? Do you plan to watch all of them? Are you going to tune into Apple TV Plus to watch the new New Year’s Eve special?