October 27, 2020
Apple TV+ is set to stream 72 hours of classic Charlie Brown-themed animated holiday specials, including favorites It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, for free beginning Oct. 30. This is the first year the venerable holiday classics will not air on broadcast television — a reality that didn’t sit well on social media.
Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts crew, which features characters Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and Woodstock, among others, were created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950. The animated holiday specials first launched in the 1960s on CBS, and had been airing on ABC TV since 2000. Apple acquired the rights in 2018.
“The point of having them on network TV is the country coming together and watching at the same time. That’s being taken from us,” one Twitter user wrote. “The Peanuts specials are one of the very FEW things that brings US together.”
“Peanuts should be broadcast on network TV!!,” Tweeted another user. “What a horrible idea to stream beloved iconic Peanuts specials on Apple+! These specials have part of everybody’s holiday lives for decades; I’m both disappointed & disgusted by this. RETURN PEANUTS TO NATIONAL TV!!!!”
“How can you put a price tag on wholesome decades long traditions?!,” said another. “I have Peanuts DVDs, but there’s just something about sitting in front of the TV with your family, like you’ve done since you were little, & watching it at the same time with America. Another reason 2020 sucks!”
“How COULD you?,” posted another. “So sick of the greed. Give us our Charlie Brown specials back.”