A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on WLIW21

Christina Knight | November 20, 2020

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving broadcasts on November 22 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21; 8:00pm on ALL ARTS. See how to watch on WNET channels. The special will not livestream or be available to stream on-demand.

In this holiday classic featuring characters from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s home for Thanksgiving, even though he’s going to see his grandmother. Snoopy decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal with help from his friends.

For anyone familiar with the Peanuts gang of kids and Charlie Brown’s precocious dog Snoopy, news of this Thanksgiving-theme production returning to public broadcast is a ray of Woodstock-colored sunshine (Woodstock is Snoopy’s bright yellow bird friend). The Emmy Award-winning production premiered in 1973 on the CBS network and in past decades aired on ABC. It’s just wishful thinking to imagine that lovable Charlie Brown and Snoopy could be public domain by now. They are not. In October, Apple TV Plus obtained the exclusive rights to the “Peanuts” catalog from the Charles Schulz estate (learn more on The New York Times). Fans reacted with dejection, a feeling often expressed by Peanuts’ star character, Charlie Brown.

But on Wednesday, November 18, Apple announced that it would allow PBS to show commercial-free versions of the Thanksgiving special on November 22 – and – the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on December 13. If you haven’t watched these Peanuts holiday specials in years, or ever, now is the time to experience the “old days” of appointment viewing (no streaming, folks) and tune-in on one of our WNET channels.

The thirty-minute program includes straight-forward animation, music by composer Vince Guaraldi, and complex emotions and philosophical questions from characters Peppermint Patty, Linus, Lucy, Franklin, Sally, Charlie Brown and friends. If you are missing loved ones this Thanksgiving, we hope that for some of you, this gang will bring back fond memories of past Thanksgivings, and times shared in front of favorite television specials together.

You weren’t prepared for a Thanksgiving like this, just like Charlie Brown in this sweet special.