“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Airs today at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) on PBS and PBS Kids.
It was the third Peanuts special (and second holiday-themed special, following “A Charlie Brown Christmas”). It was the first Peanuts special whose title used the pattern of a short phrase followed by “Charlie Brown,” a pattern which remained the norm for almost all subsequent Peanuts specials.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” aired on CBS on October 27, 1966. CBS re-aired the special annually through 2000, with ABC picking up the rights beginning in 2001. It aired annually on ABC during the Halloween season until 2019.
Beginning in 2020, Apple TV+ became the exclusive home of all Peanuts specials. This year, the special will return to broadcast television on PBS and PBS Kids stations as part of a partnership by Apple and PBS.