“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” Pulled From TV

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For the last 45 years or so, families have cuddled up around the television the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to watch a holiday staple: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

The short animated film was first aired on television November 20th in 1973 and won an Emmy Award the next year. Ever since then it has been replayed on multiple media outlets before or on the day of Thanksgiving. That’s 46 years in a row!

ABC has aired the special since 2001 and for the first time in 46 years, it won’t be airing on a network broadcast – much like the Halloween special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

After launching late last year, Apple’s brand new streaming service (called Apple TV+) has become the exclusive rights holder to the airing of all Peanuts branded specials…and that includes the Thanksgiving special.

Detroit Free Press reports that Apple TV+ is offering free streaming of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for three days, from November 25 to November 27. If you’d like to watch it sooner, it is available right now if you pay to become a subscriber.

Watch a clip from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving below.