About a month after Apple TV+ announced that it would be the exclusive home to Peanuts holiday specials this year, the streaming platform is about to make some angry fans much happier. Following online backlash, Apple TV+ has returned 1965’s A Charlie Brown Christmas and 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to the masses, bringing the specials back to PBS and sharing them with the network.
Now, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will drop on Apple TV+ Nov. 18 and will awir on PBS and PBS Kids a couple days later, on Nov. 22 at 7:30/6:30c. A Charlie Brown Christmas will hit Apple TV+ Dec. 4 and will air on PBS and PBS Kids on Dec. 13 at 7:30/6:30c. Apple is also offering up the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special to anyone — Apple TV+ subscription or not — from Nov. 25 through Nov. 27. Similarly, the Christmas special will be free to watch on Apple TV+ from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13.
The Peanuts holiday specials have a long history on broadcast TV, airing on CBS for years before switching to ABC in 2000, where the specials have aired for the past 20 years. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown previously premiered on Apple TV+ this fall, but did not air on network TV.
The news comes not long after fans started a viral petition on Change.org asking for the specials to be returned to PBS. While it’s unclear if the online outcry directly influenced Apple’s decision to share Charlie Brown with PBS, fans still celebrated today. “We can not let Apple take the football away from us like Lucy always does to Charlie Brown! It’s time for us Peanuts fans to stand up to Apple and Wildbrain Studios (current owners of Peanuts) and show them they’re making a mistake,” the petition reads in part. “Our goal is to get our Peanuts back on television and bring back the tradition! The time for saying ‘Good Grief’ is over. Now’s the time to take action.”
Decider has reached out to PBS for comment on the Charlie Brown petition.
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