For some, watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in November each year is a rite of passage. It's a way to ring in the official holiday season and even gives you an excuse to start decorating for Christmas afterward. But because it's such an important movie for some people, they may be wondering how to stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
Luckily, it has never been easier to watch Charlie, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang learn about the true meaning of turkey day. Even if you don't manage to catch it live on TV, there are other ways to watch the holiday movie until you are ready for your own Thanksgiving feast of jelly beans and ice cream.
Here's how to stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:
Right now, you can stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on YouTube for $3.99. You can also pay $12.99 and buy it on Amazon Prime to stream it that way. There are some clips available on YouTube, but nothing beats watching the movie in its entirety. And since it was originally a TV special, it won't take more than a half hour of your day to watch the sulky Blockhead and his merry band of misfits celebrate what is a favorite holiday for so many.
A history of the TV special:
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was the third TV holiday special to stem from Charles M. Schultz's Peanuts brand. It originally aired on CBS in 1973, but can now be found on ABC every year in November. The short movie is about one of the many instances wherein Charlie finds himself at the center of an event he can't quite handle.
So when he gets stuck preparing a Thanksgiving feast for all of his friends, it turns into a dinner consisting of toast, popcorn, pretzels, and other junk food you'd expect at a Thanksgiving meal prepared by kids who can't properly use an oven. In the end, the entire gang is invited to Charlie's grandmother's house to enjoy a proper meal with the family.
In 2013, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving celebrated its 40th anniversary and The Chicago Tribune spoke to Peanuts features producer Lee Mendelson about the success of the TV special after all these years. He credited the characters themselves for being one of the main reasons viewers still tune in each year to watch.
"I think that people identify with Charlie Brown because no matter how many times he gets knocked down, he gets back up and tries again," Lee said. "I think it's the resiliency he shows that appeals to people. And I think Linus, with the security blanket, appeals to people. And then of course the not-all sweet Sally takes it out on Linus, and Lucy certainly on everybody else."
When is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on TV?
You might not be ready to think about the holidays just yet and that's totally fine. If you are itching to put up that Christmas tree or at least break out your turkey-themed wreath, however, then you're probably ready to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on TV. ABC already announced it will air on Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. EST.
But because the special is just a half hour long with commercials, This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers will air directly afterward to give you an entire hour to fill the Charlie Brown void in your life.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, in a way, and if it's one of your holiday staples, then you won't want to miss an opportunity to stream it or watch it live on TV.