’It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Won’t Air on Broadcast TV This Year

Pumpkin Charlie Brown

”Rats!” For the first time in over 50 years, the classic ”It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will not be aired on broadcast television. 

Fans will have to change their plans this year if they still plan on watching Linus sit up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Along with the many other changes that 2020 has brought, it looks like we will all have to pay to see Charlie Brown. The Halloween special will still air on Apple TV+ for a price, while some may prefer to purchase a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the episode. In fact, it may be wise to buy all the Peanuts holiday specials in anticipation.

”It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” has aired on television every year since 1966. Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, it was the third Peanuts special to be produced. The classic animated tale is about our favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown, and his pals at Halloween. While most children prefer to have parties or go trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Linus is a faithful believer in a visit from the Great Pumpkin. To see the Great Pumpkin, he is willing to stay up all night in a sincere-looking pumpkin patch waiting for his arrival. 

Good grief, we will miss the tradition of tuning in to watch on ABC. With 94% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems we won’t be the only ones! ”It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a Halloween classic though, so we will find a way to watch it even without it being broadcast.

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Allison Luna