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How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown online

Trick or treaters, Sally Brown and Linus in It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
(Image credit: Peanuts)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown cheat sheet

Airing on PBS: Oct. 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
30 minutes
Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Original release date: 1966

Trying to figure out how to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? While Apple TV still holds the rights to stream the classic holiday special year-round, it is available for free on a few days on other channels leading up to Halloween. 

The time-honored classic, which sees Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, Linus and Sally waiting in a pumpkin patch, and Snoopy cosplaying as a World War I flying ace, will return to network television this fall.

Here's everything you need to know about how and where you can watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown from anywhere on earth

If you're stuck abroad — in one of the few countries where neither PBS nor Apple TV Plus is 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 On The Rocks and all the other services you already pay for no matter where you are. 

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How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free

This year, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air on PBS and PBS Kids on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. However, it will not be available on or the PBS Kids Video App. 

With one of the best TV antennas, you could pull PBS out of the air, if you have a local affiliate. PBS is also on YouTube TV.

In previous years, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired on ABC, but did not appear on any networks last year after Apple acquired the rights. 

How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on streaming

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is already on Apple TV Plus; last year, the streaming service made it available for free to nonsubscribers between Oct. 30 and November 1. Hopefully, they'll do the same this year.

Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial

If you're trying to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown after Nov. 1, you can stream it as a new member taking advantage of the Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial. Apple TV plus costs $4.99 per month thereafter, and features excellent programming such as Ted Lasso, Beastie Boys Story and The Morning Show. 

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Mike Prospero

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing the home, smart home, drones, and fitness/wearables categories, as well as all buying guides and other evergreen content. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine or some other cooking gadget.