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Petition to Bring Back 'Charlie Brown' Holiday Classics to TV Receives Almost 200k Signatures

Lois Oladejo
Oct 29, 2020
10:08 A.M.
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Fans of the popular “Charlie Brown” classics have requested a petition to get the show back on television after Apple announced exclusive rights to the holiday special. 

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A petition to return the popular “Charlie Brown” holiday specials to television is getting much attention with almost two hundred thousand signatures so far.

This petition came shortly after Apple announced that “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and other specials would be exclusive to their Apple TV platform, meaning several fans would be unable to watch their favorite holiday specials.

A scene from the animated television special, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." | Photo: YouTube/Snoopy

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With this petition, fans of “Peanut” hope to make a statement and air their grievances to Apple and Wildbrain Studios, who currently own the show.

The holiday editions have aired on television for over five decades, first on CBS before moving to ABC. For many viewers, making “Charlie Brown” exclusive to Apple TV platform feels like getting tradition taken away from them, and for this, they are putting up a fight.

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Whether they win the petition or not, these devoted fans are bent on letting their voices get heard. The ultimate goal is to get “Peanuts” back on television, and with the positive reaction to the petition, they might be well on their way to getting their wish.

In the week of its premiere, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ranked at No. 2 in the weekly Nielsen ratings.

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The first of the holiday specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” aired on CBS in December 1965. Initially, the show’s executive producer, Lee Mendelson, believed it would be a flop, but it ended up being a fan favorite across the United States.

In the week of its premiere, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ranked at No. 2 in the weekly Nielsen ratings. After the ratings were released, CBS called and ordered for more specials

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In 1996, another edition of the holiday specials, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” aired on CBS, and once again, it received positive reactions across the country.

In 1973, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” premiered, and in subsequent years, all of the specials continued to show on CBS. 

In 2001, it was moved to ABC network where it has aired for the past two decades. Without a doubt, viewers hold the show dear to their hearts, and they are not letting go without a fight.

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