When Is ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ on TV in 2020?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Charlie Brown and Linus with Christmas tree

Christmas goes to look a bit completely different this yr. For one, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put many vacation traditions on maintain. Visits to Santa have gone digital, households are buying and selling massive gatherings for intimate celebrations, and vacation parades and annual performances of The Nutcracker have been canceled. But at the very least we will all nonetheless curl up in entrance of the TV and watch a few of our favourite vacation specials, like A Charlie Brown Christmas, proper?

Not so quick. This yr, for the primary time in additional than half a century, it seemed just like the Peanuts Christmas particular wouldn’t air on broadcast tv; as a substitute it might stream solely on Apple TV+. But a last-minute cope with PBS means Charlie Brown will nonetheless air on TV this yr.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ has discovered a brand new house on Apple TV+ 

Charlie Brown and Linus with Christmas tree
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In a shock transfer, Apple introduced in late October that it had acquired A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Rather than airing as traditional on ABC, the three specials would solely be accessible to stream on Apple TV+. It appeared anybody who wished to stream the long-lasting specials must fork over $4.99 a month to take action. 

The information that the specials wouldn’t be free to view for all was an enormous disappointment to some, who didn’t hesitate to share their emotions on Twitter. One individual even began a Change.org petition to deliver the specials again to TV, which has garnered greater than 250,000 signatures. 

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ will stream at no cost starting Dec. 11 

Perhaps anticipating that upset followers would cry “Scrooge!” after studying it might be tougher to observe A Charlie Brown Christmas this yr, Apple determined to supply individuals a small reward. It’s making every vacation particular accessible to stream at no cost on a restricted foundation.   

A Charlie Brown Christmas will debut on Apple TV+ on Dec. 4. The 1965 cartoon will then stream at no cost from Dec. 11 by means of Dec. 13. You’ll simply want to put in the Apple TV app or go to television.apple.com to observe.

If you miss the free streaming window and aren’t eager about signing up for Apple TV+ to observe A Charlie Brown Christmas, you’re not completely out of luck. While the particular isn’t accessible to stream wherever else, you may nonetheless purchase the DVD from Amazon and different retailers. 

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ can even air on PBS

In addition to a free streaming window on Apple TV, followers can even be capable of watch A Charlie Brown Christmas at no cost on PBS and PBS Kids. It will air Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm native time/6:30 pm CT. (Check your native listings.)

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ was an unlikely success when it first aired 

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In the 55 years since its premiere, A Charlie Brown Christmas has grow to be a beloved vacation basic. But the particular’s creators initially thought they’d a dud on their palms. Coca-Cola — the particular’s unique sponsor — had given Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, producer Lee Mendelson, and animator Bill Melendez just some months to drag collectively Charlie Brown’s first-ever animated function. When they completed, nobody was solely happy with the outcomes, notably with what they thought was poor-quality animation. 

“The first time I saw it projected on a screen, I turned to the people there and said, ‘We’ve killed it,’ Melendez told The Spokesman-Review in 1995. “I thought we had destroyed the property. I was so unhappy.” 

Melendez couldn’t have been extra flawed. People cherished A Charlie Brown Christmas and its message concerning the over-commercialization of the vacation. 

“It was one of those amazing miracles that occur every now and then,” Schulz mentioned. “It’s something you can’t predict.”

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