Just when you thought 2020 couldn't take anything else away from you, now a popular holiday tradition is gone as well.
One of the ways you know the holidays are here is when the "Peanuts" specials pop up on television. That's not happening this year.
Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" specials have been a staple of broadcast television since the 1960s. They never get old, especially dance scenes at the end. But this year, it's not to be, thanks to Apple.
The company that makes your
iPhone bought the rights to the "Peanuts" specials in 2018. And now, if you want to watch them, you have to do it on Apple TV+.
"The beloved holiday specials, which include 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' and 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' will be available exclusively on the platform along with new specials in development, Apple TV+ announced [recently]. The classic Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will still be available for free during short windows of time around the holidays," NBC News reports.
New specials? Good luck with that one. Even if they're available for free, that still takes them out of the hands of so many.
Gathering the family on the couch to watch "Peanuts" specials used to just require a television and rabbit ears. But Apple went and bought up the rights to our childhoods.
Maybe we'll see if we can buy them on DVD. They still make those, don't they? As Charlie Brown once said: Good grief.