Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Halloween Special Is Now Free On Apple TV+

The TV specials will no longer air on broadcast TV, but thankfully they'll be free for everyone (eventually).

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All of your favorite Peanuts TV specials are no longer airing on traditional TV. But don't worry, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving have found a new home.

On October 19, Apple announced it signed a deal with the rights-holders with the owners of Peanuts to get these specials on Apple TV+. So if you're looking to watch the Great Pumpkin Halloween special, you can right now, for free, until November 1. The special will still be available after November 1 for Apple TV+ subscribers.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will then debut on Apple TV+ on November 18 for subscribers, before everyone can watch for free November 25-27. Finally, the Christmas special will debut for subscribers on December 4 and then become free for everyone December 11-13.

Free viewing dates for Charlie Brown specials:

  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: October 30-November 1
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: November 25-27
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: December 11-13

This is a big shakeup, as all three specials originally premiered on broadcast TV in the '60s and '70s, and they have been shown on free-to-air TV for everyone since. As such, it's nice to see Apple continue to let everyone watch these specials for free, even if they have to wait.

Additionally, Apple has confirmed it's working on new animated Peanuts original shows for Apple TV+. These include a new season of Snoopy in Space, as well as new specials themed around Mother's Day, Earth Day, New Year's Eve, and going back to school. These will be produced by the Canadian animation giant WildBrain. Some of the previously announced Peanuts shows for Apple TV+ include The Snoopy Show, a 70th anniversary documentary movie about Peanuts, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.

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