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Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has been an iconic Halloween experience for generations of viewers since it first aired 56 years ago. Now, for only the second time since its release, the Great Pumpkin won’t be coming to TV’s pumpkin patch.
In the same way A Charlie Brown Christmas, the classic fall movie first aired on CBS in 1966. Both movies ran on the station for decades before moving to ABC in 2000 and 2001, respectively. In 2018, Apple bought the rights to all Peanut specials, and the movies became exclusively available to stream on Apple TV+ in 2020.
In partnership with the streamer, PBS was granted permission to air the specials in 2021. But this year, PBS no longer has the rights and has confirmed that it will not air the Halloween show.
Unfortunately, PBS is unable to distribute the Peanuts specials this year. We’ll all have to keep an eye out for the Great Pumpkin in a different pumpkin patch this Halloween.
— PBS KIDS (@PBSKIDS) September 29, 2022
So this fall — as it was in 2020 — Apple TV+ is the only place you can watch Linus Van Pelt waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.
How to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
Apple TV+ said in a press release that it will provide free windows for non-subscribers to stream the iconic holiday specials. These films are available to subscribers year-round.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – 28-31 Oct.
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – 23-27 Nov.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas – 22-25 Dec.