The classic Thanksgiving flick wasn't scheduled to air on TV this year—but PBS just announced it will be airing the film after all.

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated November 19, 2020
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first aired the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 1973, and since then has become a holiday staple for families gathering to celebrate the holiday. As you might have learned when It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown didn't air on television for Halloween, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving wasn't scheduled to air on ABC this year, either. This is because AppleTV+ had secured the exclusive rights to the Peanuts holiday movies, but after much public outrage, Apple teamed up with PBS to make sure the film will air on television—and Thanksgiving is officially saved.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air on Sunday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. CST. The film will air without ads or commercials, so you can get the full family movie night effect. If you normally watch the film with your extended family, consider hosting a virtual movie night this season instead.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving tells the story of Charlie Brown attempting to organize a Thanksgiving feast at the request of his friend Peppermint Patty. As the characters throw together an impromptu celebration, they learn about the meaning of the holiday—that it's all about appreciating what you have. It's a sweet reminder that feels especially relevant in 2020.

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If you don't have access to cable (or want to watch the film early), there are several other ways to watch the Thanksgiving classic this season. Here are all the other ways you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this year.

Apple TV+

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be available to stream on Apple TV+ starting November 18 for anyone who subscribes to the service. If you don't have a subscription, not to worry—Apple will allow streaming for free from November 25 until November 27. And if you're the kind of person who wants to start celebrating Christmas as soon as Thanksgiving is over, you're in luck: A Charlie Brown Christmas will also be available for streaming on AppleTV+ beginning December 4.

Amazon

While you can't rent the movie on Prime Video this year, you can order a copy of the DVD ($13, Amazon) and watch it anytime you like. You can also share the spirit of Thanksgiving all season long with a paperback version of the book ($5, Amazon) that retells the story of Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving feast.

Vudu

The classic Thanksgiving movie, along with two other holiday Peanuts specials (The Mayflower Voyagers and Play It Again, Charlie Brown) are available to stream on Vudu right now. Vudu is a streaming platform that doesn't require a subscription; just rent and stream the movies and episodes you want to watch.

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