Snoopy and friends say goodbye to broadcast TV

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“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” first aired in November of 1973.

For many, holiday traditions include sitting in front of the TV and watching the Peanuts holiday special. However, for the first time since the 1960s, the beloved holiday specials will not be airing on network television.

Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV+ will be streaming the holiday specials for those who already have a subscription. According to NBC News, Apple acquired the rights to the late Charles M. Shultz’s comic strip turned television special.

Some fans of the popular Peanuts gang were so upset by the news that they started a petition to bring the special back to broadcast television.

As reported on screenrant.com, “Die-hard fan Michael Neebia has started a Change petition. Neebia hopes the petition will convince Apple and WildBrain Studios to grant fans this holiday wish.”

To gain traction and attention, the petition uses the hashtag #AppleHatesTradition. Other fans have voiced their disappointments and feelings towards the removal of the specials via social media outlets such as Twitter.

One Twitter user expressed, “The Peanuts being aired on cable is a holiday tradition. It’s something families have done for generations. It’s something reliable. Familiar. Comforting.”

Though the special will be streaming on the platform for free for a limited time, anyone wanting to see Charlie Brown and the gang in the comfort of their own homes, an Apple TV+ subscriptions cost $4.99 per month.

As mentioned by NBC News, “The subscription service typically requires either an Apple device, a smart television, or a streaming device that plugs into televisions, such as a Roku.”

Some of the more popular specials from the Peanuts include “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” There have been a total of 45 specials since the premier of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 1965.

The last Peanuts special to premiere was “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown” in 2011. “The Peanuts Movie” would later be released in 2015.

In a press release published by Apple, Apple TV+, WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions have come together to produce and release new original specials to add to the streaming service.

The press release states, “The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic “Peanuts” specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

For more information regarding the Peanuts and their move to AppleTV+, check out this link.