In a corporate decision that stays squarely in line with the political themes of the year 2020, classic Peanuts animated holiday specials such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will no longer be shown on broadcast television.
The cartoon staples of holiday spirit since the 1960s will be moving to a an exclusive new home at AppleTV+, which requires a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 a month.
While “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be available for free on AppleTV+ for a limited time corresponding to each holiday, fans of the specials will no longer be able to partake in the annual holiday tradition of watching them on broadcast television.
A press release states that “Apple TV+ has teamed with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, to become the home for all things Peanuts, bringing together new original series and specials, along with iconic, beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place.”
“It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be available for free from October 30 until November 1, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be available for free from November 25 until November 27, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be available from December 11 until December 13.
Peanuts specials such as “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” have been airing on broadcast television for some fifty years.
Left-wing activist and black Lives Matter supporters have previously accused the Charlie Brown specials of being “racist”.”
In September, the television network Adult Swim announced that it would be banning episodes of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “The Boondocks” that have been deemed problematic by wokescolds.