Apple to air upcoming Peanuts holiday specials on PBS

Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown Christmas (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple is airing the upcoming Peanuts holiday specials on PBS and PBS Kids.
  • It will also stream them for free on select days through Apple TV+.

In a press release, Apple has announced that it is teaming up with PBS to air the upcoming Peanuts specials on both Apple TV+, PBS, and PBS Kids. For PBS, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air on November 22, 2020, and A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on December 13. Both airings will be completely ad-free.

"Peanuts" fans will have even more ways to watch Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang on their holiday adventures as Apple and PBS team up for special ad-free broadcasts of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." To complement their release on Apple TV+ this holiday season, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" will also air on PBS and PBS KIDS on November 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. local time / 6:30 p.m. CT (check local listings) and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will air on PBS and PBS KIDS on December 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. local time / 6:30 p.m. CT (check local listings).

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Image credit: Apple)

In addition to airing on PBS, Apple will also be streaming each special on Apple TV+. For Apple TV+ subscribers, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will begin streaming on November 18 but also be available for free to non-subscribers from November 25 through November 27. A Charlie Brown Christmas will begin streaming to Apple TV+ subscribers beginning on December 4 but also be free to all from December 11 through December 13.

The decision to bring the Peanuts holiday specials to PBS was most likely due to the backlash Apple received after streaming It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown exclusively on Apple TV+. While the company made the title free for a few days like it is doing with the upcoming specials, many complained that they did not have a device that had access to Apple's streaming service. The company's partnership with PBS should allow all viewers, whether you have access to Apple TV+ or not, to watch the Peanuts specials.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.