A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Movie Summary

This television classic features the Peanuts characters in the story of Charlie Brown’s problematic efforts to mount a school Christmas pageant. Everybody’s on board: Lucy, Snoopy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, but the biggest impression is surely made by Linus, who stops the show with his recitation from the gospels of the story of Christ’s birth.

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2022 Dates, Times, and Channels

A Charlie Brown Christmas will stream exclusively on Apple TV+, it will NOT air on ABC in 2022.

Apple TV+ will also provide special free windows for non-subscribers to stream the iconic holiday special, available December 22nd through December 25th.

The TV special was originally broadcast on CBS in 1965 and rerun each year from 1966 until 2000. Beginning with the 2001 holiday season, ABC held rights to air the special. Starting in 2020, Apple TV+ will become the exclusive home of all Peanuts specials.

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Cast Includes

Chris Doran (Schroeder), Sally Dryer (Violet), Bill Melendez (Snoopy), Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown), Christopher Shea (Linus Van Pelt), Tracy Stratford (Lucy Van Pelt)

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8 thoughts on “A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

  • December 14, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    They say it free on Apple tv but I do not have a computer to watch it on.

    • October 19, 2020 at 8:33 PM

      Alia… A Charlie Brown Christmas will stream exclusively on Apple TV+. Watch it for free from December 11th until December 13th. It will NOT air on ABC in 2020. Just a heads up 🙂

  • December 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    It’s just an outright travesty that the most recent showing of “ACBC” on December 2nd there were numerous scenes deleted in order to make room for more commercials. It’s just shameful that a holiday classic such as this gets butchered in this manner. As soon as I noticed this I stopped watching. After all you don’t play card games with a deck containing less than 52 cards.

    • December 9, 2017 at 10:23 PM

      That’s why I bought the dvd. Screw the network.

  • November 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    COOL!!! Will watch it both days. Except in 1969 & 1970 when my dad was stationed out of the U.S., I have seen this every year since it came out in 1965. to me, it is not Christmas without this!!

    • December 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      I love this too! It feels like christmas anytime I watch it. My family watches it every year!!!!

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