After outcry and viral petition, 'Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and 'Christmas' specials get airing on PBS

Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
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Charlie Brown and friends will celebrate Thanksgiving on PBS as well as Apple TV+ this holiday season.
Charlie Brown and friends will celebrate Thanksgiving on PBS as well as Apple TV+ this holiday season.

Peanuts aficionados have been heard.

After fans raised a ruckus about the Charlie Brown holiday specials being moved off network TV, including circulating an online petition that went viral, the beloved animated half-hours are getting a return engagement on broadcast TV, which they have called home for the last half-century.

Apple TV+, which acquired the rights to the specials earlier this year, will let PBS and PBS KIDS air two of the upcoming specials, 1973's "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (Nov. 22, 7:30 EST, check local listings) and 1965's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Dec. 13, 7:30 EST, check local listings).

They also will be available for free during limited windows on Apple TV+. The Thanksgiving special started streaming today for Apple TV+ subscribers, and it will be available for free from Nov. 25 to 27. The Christmas special, which begins streaming Dec. 4, can be watched for free from Dec. 11 to 13 on the streaming service.

Snoopy, left, and Charlie Brown are moving to Apple TV+, but they'll enjoy a limited Christmas engagement on PBS.
Snoopy, left, and Charlie Brown are moving to Apple TV+, but they'll enjoy a limited Christmas engagement on PBS.

After long runs on CBS and ABC, the Charlie Brown holiday specials, some of which first premiered in the 1960s, moved off network TV after Apple TV+ obtained the rights. Although Apple promised free streaming opportunities, many fans protested and asked that the animated specials have some sort of presence in their traditional place, broadcast TV.

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