Some Peanuts Fans Are Not Happy The Holiday Specials Are Only Going to be on Apple TV+

Peanuts on Apple TV+

It emerged earlier this week that Peanuts holiday specials, as wells as Snoopy in Space, will be exclusive to Apple TV+. NBC News reported that some fans of the comic strip and shows are not happy with the special being off traditional TV for the first time.

The popularity of the beloved characters — such as Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty — have spanned generations in large part due to the annual specials. But despite the limited free access to the content, many fans took to social media and shared their distaste for the move, with some noting that many families do not have access to streaming. Others felt the move ended a beloved, shared American tradition. “The point of having them on network TV is the country coming together and watching at the same time. That’s being taken from us,” one Twitter user wrote. “The Peanuts specials are one of the very FEW things that brings US together.”

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6 thoughts on “Some Peanuts Fans Are Not Happy The Holiday Specials Are Only Going to be on Apple TV+

  • I get it. It was great when people actually sat down at the same time and watched things together as a country. Hill Street Blues, Holiday Xmas specials by Rankin and Bass, Peanuts.
    That is not what happens anymore.

    In fact my kids only every stream things on their own time. The era of a nation watching things together is long gone, but I feel nostalgic for it. We live in a different word where everything is on demand and unfortunately it is all getting paywalled too. Not certain how long that trend will continue though.

    People will just be watching different things and be isolated in different pockets from one another. That is just the way it is now and has been for a number of years.

    1. ps…. if now find the advertising to be maddening. My whole life I grew up with advertising, but during the last decade I have cut the cord. Now I find commercial laden TV unbearable so I will just turn it off. I don’t know how people do it because I find the TV ads so grating I cannot bear to watch a show with them. Recently my Dad got Hulu + Live TV for football season, but the TV part is riddled with advertisements. I will just turn it off. The lone solace is football games. I can sling 4 football games up on an apple TV so that when and ad comes on I just switch to the game that doesn’t have ads. My dad just DVR records all of the games he wants and goes and does a couple hours of putzing around doing things. When he settles in he just speeds through the ads and usually will catch up sometime into the second game. Really makes for some better quality time visiting and doing things together in the real world.

  • I can’t disagree with them. These films are a part of several generation’s holiday tradition and to put them behind a paywall doesn’t feel right.

    On the other hand, for the last decade they were so chopped up with commercials as to be unwatchable anyway. Seriously they are ~22 minute cartoons that were getting padded out to an hour with commercials. At least this way some people at least can see them as they were meant to be seen.

    1. Except they are not behind a paywall. They are available for free without commercials during the holidays and anyone with a computer can watch them using a browser.

  • . “The point of having them on network TV is the country coming together and watching at the same time. That’s being taken from us,” one Twitter user wrote. “The Peanuts specials are one of the very FEW things that brings US together.”

    That is almost certainly not the point nor what happens.

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