'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'
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'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Is Returning to Television in 2021

Devan McGuinness - Author
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Oct. 8 2021, Updated 11:22 a.m. ET

There are so many traditions that families have when the holidays roll around. When the weather starts changing and we move from summer to fall, we start thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the gift-giving holidays in December.

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Often these are filled with activities we do every year that help mark the occasion and some TV shows and specials are key in this fun — but not all years are the same. Families are now asking how to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown since it moved to Apple TV Plus in 2020.

'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'
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How can you watch 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' in 2021?

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired on television back in 1966. Since then, it's become a Halloween classic and one that the family tends to watch together to ring in the fall and scary season. Generations of kids have grown up watching this special on television.

The show features the Peanut gang as they celebrate Halloween. Linus hopes that this is going to be the year where he's finally going to be visited by The Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown gets invited to a Halloween party and the 25-minute mini-movie features all the "tricks and treats" the group gets into.

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But, in 2020, the beloved holiday special didn't air at all on network television — much to the chagrin of kids (and their parents). Anyone who wanted to watch it had to have a subscription to Apple TV Plus.

One benefit to the streaming shift was that families could watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on-demand. Unfortunately, those who continued to maintain just their regular cable packages missed out on the Peanuts' Halloween fun in 2020.

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Thankfully for those who do not subscribe to Apple TV Plus (or who have already used up their free, one-week trial), there is still another option for families to watch the Charlie Brown Halloween piece in 2021.

Apple TV Plus partnered with PBS in 2021 to bring the classic back to network television.

In addition to its continued presence on Apple TV Plus, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' are returning to TV in 2021 as well.

Like the Halloween program for Charlie Brown, the Christmas and Thanksgiving-themed specials also did not play on television in 2020. All three of the iconic kids' classics will return to the air in 2021.

For anyone looking to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or A Charlie Brown Christmas, both of those are currently on Apple TV Plus as well. The holiday specials will also each have one airing on both PBS and PBS Kids.

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air on those channels at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 21. Less than a month later, A Charlie Brown Christmas will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 19 on PBS and PBS Kids.

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