'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Won't Air On Television This Year—Here's How To Watch

Here’s where to find the classic film this year.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN, Linus Van Pelt, Sally Brown, Snoopy, first aired in 1966
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For many families, snuggling up to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown together is as cherished a Halloween tradition as trick-or-treating.

Fans hoping to watch Charlie, Lucy, and the gang await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin this year, will need to turn to Apple TV+, where the movie is available year round. Non-subscribers can stream the movie for free from October 28 through October 31.

You might recall that the streamer purchased the Peanuts holiday specials (including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas) back in 2020, breaking the 54-year-old tradition of airing the beloved classics on broadcast television.

Apple TV+ is available to subscribers only, though you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. But, for the past two years public outcry has led the streaming service to allow PBS to air the holiday movies for one night each.

Earlier this month, after holding our breath that PBS and Apple TV+ would come to a similar agreement this year, we got the bad news. PBS will not be airing It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on broadcast television this year.

"Regretfully, PBS does not have the rights to distribute the Peanuts specials this year," PBS Kids shared on Twitter. "We'll all have to watch for the Great Pumpkin in a different pumpkin patch this Halloween."


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