But all hope is not lost.
For the first time in 55 years, a beloved Halloween classic won't air on broadcast TV this year. Although CBS and ABC will not be airing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, fans of the 1966 animated special can still watch the special for free on Apple TV+, reported ABC Action News. The streaming service acquired the exclusive rights to all the Charlie Brown specials earlier this month and it includes the beloved Halloween special, as well as other specials such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
I read where the Charlie Brown Halloween “It’s the Great Pumpkin” will only air on Apple TV and so will the Christmas special. That sucks so much. Hey @AppleTV that suuuuccckkksss.— Girl on Rocky Top (@laurnie234) October 21, 2020
While Apple TV+ usually requires a membership, the Halloween special will be available for free from October 30 to November 1 as a special treat. The special became available for members on Monday. According to a press release, "Apple TV+ has teamed up with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, to become the home for all things ‘Peanuts,’ bringing together new original series and specials, along with iconic beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place."
In a year when people needed it the most the #PeanutsGang is leaving most of the world in the dark. ItstheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown and other Charlie Brown holiday specials will ONLY be available with an AppleTV+ subscription. Thanks for ruining one more thing this year. @Snoopy pic.twitter.com/V3kvJe5CTH— Renee Virata (@UnexpectedlyGky) October 21, 2020
The streaming channel is also all set to launch two other Charlie Brown specials, including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. All three, including The Great Pumpkin, have aired every year on ABC since 2000. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown premiered on CBS in 1966, then moved to ABC in 2001. Counting, it has been more than half a century since the broadcasting giants have been airing the crowd favorite.
Good grief! For the first time since its premiere in 1966, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" won't be broadcast on national TV. https://t.co/KN7zieoZ2P— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) October 21, 2020
People were not particularly happy with this development and took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. One person wrote, "Apparently Charlie Brown will no longer be on regular or network television. But will be available to watch free on Apple tv. Time for me to buy the dvd set. Idk why they aren’t showing it on television anymore cause it's a classic short movies for each holidays." A second one added, "I'm going to live in denial like Linus and continue to believe "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is airing on TV." A third one quipped, "With so many traditions and norms being burst asunder this year, it seems inappropriate that the Charlie Brown Halloween special is not going to be shown on broadcast television for the first time in 5 1/2 decades."
The end of an era has come, as ABC will not be airing The Peanuts Holiday specials this year.— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) October 19, 2020
Apple+ has acquired them in their new streaming deal of Peanuts properties. Each special will be available for free for a limited time even if you aren't subscribed to the service. pic.twitter.com/tncdnGDEcn
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween and Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin. The new animated Peanuts originals that will stream exclusively on Apple TV+ will include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated Snoopy in Space, and a whole slew of other brand new specials that will see the Peanuts gang celebrating Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and Back to School.
Thanks. A wonderful show that so many love is now only available for those that can pay. Way to make Halloween 2020 the year Apple stole The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!— MCM (@mahharet) October 21, 2020
It was previously announced The Snoopy Show will premiere on February 5, 2021, along with it, a brand new Peanuts 70th-anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain set to premiere next year.