How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving online

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
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Trying to figure out how to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? While Apple TV still holds the rights to stream the classic holiday special year-round, but it is available for free this weekend on Apple TV. Here's everything you need to know.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving cheat sheet

Streaming service: Apple TV Plus
30 minutes
Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Original release date: 1973

While not as popular as A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the third leg of the Peanuts holiday triumvirate. 

Like a classic sitcom, Charlie Brown finds himself having to host Thanksgiving dinner for Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Franklin, and the rest of the gang on short notice. However, he has neither the time nor the ingredients for a proper feast, so he enlists Snoopy and Woodstock to help make a meal out of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans. 

The plot of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving treads a little over the same ground as the Christmas special, but it does feature Snoopy and Woodstock more.

How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving from anywhere on earth

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is available to stream only on Apple TV Plus. For most of the year, you will need a subscription, but it will be available for free this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 -19, 2023.

If you're stuck abroad — in one of the few countries where Apple TV Plus isn't available — you will likely run into geo-fenced restrictions on the platforms and services you can use. But with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and all the other services you already pay for no matter where you are. 

Based on our testing, the best VPN is ExpressVPN, which is easy to use and delivers fast internet speeds, making it simple to set up for streaming in no time at all. It also works on practically any device, starting with iOS and Android and including streaming devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. Plus, game consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. 


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How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for free

In years past, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was available on PBS or some other network, but unfortunately, this is no longer the case. However, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be available on Apple TV Plus for free — meaning, you don't need to sign up for a subscription — on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, 2023. 

If you want to watch it closer to Thanksgiving itself, you could also sign up for Apple TV Plus, which offers a free 7-day trial for new members.


If you're trying to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you can stream it as a new member taking advantage of the Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial. After that, Apple TV Plus costs $9.99 per month and features excellent programming such as Ted Lasso, Severance and For All Mankind.

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Mike Prospero
U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Tom's Guide

Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.