A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on WLIW21

Christina Knight | November 16, 2021

We will broadcast A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21. You can also livestream at wliw.org/live but the special will not 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, this Thanksgiving-theme production 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. In October 2020, 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 November 18 of 2020, Apple announced that it would allow PBS to show commercial-free versions of the Thanksgiving special and the Charlie Brown Christmas Special that year. 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 and tune-in!

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 this gang will bring back fond memories of past Thanksgivings, and times shared in front of favorite television specials together.

We invite you to enjoy this sweet holiday special with us.