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.
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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 last year, AppleTV+ had secured the exclusive rights to the Peanuts holiday movies. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving wasn't scheduled to air on television this year, either, but 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 at 7:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 21, 2021. 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. AppleTV+ users can stream the film right now, and there are a few other ways to watch it if you aren't a subscriber.

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 2021.

Here are all the other ways you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this year.

still of the Thanksgiving table from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
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Watch on PBS

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air at 7:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 21, 2021 on PBS and PBS Kids. The film will air without ads or commercials, so you can get the full family movie night effect.


While you can't rent the movie on Prime Video this year, you can order a copy of the DVD ($12, 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 ($8, Amazon) that retells the story of Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving feast.

Apple TV+

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is currently available to stream on Apple TV+ for anyone who subscribes to the service (you can sign up here!). If you don't have a subscription, not to worry—last year, Apple allowed streaming for free for everyone during the three days surrounding Thanksgiving, and we're hopeful they'll do that again this year.


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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