How To Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas For Free On TV This Weekend
How about an early Christmas present? After all, A Charlie Brown Christmas will be broadcast for free on television. In October, many fans were announced a deal with PBS air ad-free shows of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on PBS and the PBS Kids website.as the trio of popular Peanuts holiday promotions moved to the . Even though each show offered a few days of free viewing on the platform, fans expressed dismay at not being able to watch on TV, as they had been able to for decades. But luckily Apple later
Here’s how to listen to the 1965 Christmas special that reminded viewers of the true meaning of Christmas and that a simple spindly Christmas tree can be just as special as a giant, expensive evergreen tree.
When to watch the show
Do you have Apple TV Plus?
Apple TV Plus subscribers can watch A Charlie Brown Christmas on this streaming service as part of their paid plan starting December 4.
Don’t have an Apple TV Plus and want to watch live TV?
If you’re not an Apple TV Plus subscriber, you can watch the Christmas special on PBS and the PBS Kids website on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. local time / 6:30 p.m. CT.
Don’t have Apple TV Plus and want to watch online?
A Charlie Brown Christmas will also be available for free on Apple TV Plus from December 11-13. You don’t need to subscribe to watch.
You can watch in your browser or on the Apple TV app. To view in your browser, go to tv.apple.com. Otherwise, download the Apple TV app and watch on the screen of your choice, including iPhone, Amazon Fire, Roku, and more. Again, it’s only free during this brief period of December 11-13.
If watching in your browser or on the app is not for you, there is yet another solution: buy the DVD or Blu-ray version. A Charlie Brown Christmas is sold alone ($ 10 at target and available in many other locations) or as part of The Peanuts Holiday Collection ($ 30 at Best Buy, again, also sold elsewhere). Then you’ll have the special – or all of the holiday specials – as long as your DVD player holds up.
Why is it so loved
A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first Peanuts holiday special, and in 1965, the New York Times wrote that getting popular characters from the comic book section of newspapers to the small screen was “a big gamble”. On the one hand, fans who were used to hearing the voices of the characters in their own heads should now adapt to the voices of the actors. And the special broke borders in other ways. Children were voiced by children, not by trained adult actors. There was no laughing line. The jazz soundtrack wasn’t for everyone. And Linus delivers a biblical passage from Luke’s book on the birth of Jesus, which creator Charles Schulz insisted on, but which pissed off some TV bosses.
The programmers weren’t expecting much, but as Smithsonian magazine reports, more than half of American televisions are tuned in, and the very elements that scared the costumes of the industry made ordinary Americans love the show. Now, it’s hard to imagine December without the show airing – which is why so many people strongly objected to the show being shown on regular TV and Apple TV Plus only. The change to offering a PBS broadcast did not come in time for , but arrived in time for , and now for A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Even after the holidays, Apple TV Plus will continue to host the new Peanuts shows, including the second season of the Snoopy in space series, as well as new specials that will mark Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Years Eve and back to school.