As another unconventional year winds to a close, WSBE Rhode Island PBS audiences of all ages can look forward to three seasonal specials featuring the beloved Peanuts gang. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas air on select Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
In October of 2020, Apple TV+ acquired rights to all Peanuts-related media, relocating Charlie Brown titles to the subscription-based streaming platform. After an outpouring from television viewers, Apple TV+ and PBS partnered to bring the popular programs back to broadcast TV, distributing the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials to PBS member stations across the country on a limited-time basis.
This year, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown returns after a year-long absence, airing in a one-night-only broadcast event. Over the years, the Peanuts holiday specials have received critical acclaim, won numerous Emmy and Peabody awards, and established themselves as holiday staples for countless fans around the world.
The holiday specials are available exclusively on broadcast television, and will not be available to stream online.
Watch live on the following Sundays at 7:30 p.m., only on WSBE Rhode Island PBS:
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Join the Peanuts gang for a timeless adventure as Charlie Brown preps for a party, Snoopy sets his sights on the Red Baron, and Linus patiently awaits a pumpkin patch miracle.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Sunday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown's 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.
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Feeling down about the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the gang's holiday play. Can he overcome his friends’ preference for dancing over acting, find the “perfect” tree, and discover the true meaning of Christmas?
WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; DirecTV 36, Dish Network 36.