It's been 45 years since A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first hit the airwaves (it was the third holiday special, after A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown), but Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts holiday special continues to find its way into annual prime-time programming thanks to its enduring lessons on the values of the holiday season.
The Emmy-winning special features football, food, and friends as Peppermint Patty invites herself to Charlie Brown's house for a Thanksgiving dinner and is surprised to discover that the kid doesn't know how to make much except buttered toast and ice cream sundaes.
ABC will host the classic program ahead of the big holiday next week, followed by a bonus cartoon short, "The Mayflower Voyagers" from This Is America, Charlie Brown, in which the gang remembers the title voyage that brought the pilgrims to the new world to celebrate the day of giving thanks to the Native Americans who helped them survive.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air on ABC next Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8/7c, and the special can be purchased for streaming via Amazon Video, iTunes or Vudu. But if you're looking for even more Charlie Brown, the balloon can be seen during the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will air live on NBC at 9 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving.
Or if you're already looking to get a jumpstart on Christmas viewing, you can also catch A Charlie Brown Christmas -- the half-hour special in which Linus shows Charlie there's so much more to the holidays than gifts and garland — on Amazon Prime (for purchase) and Vudu. Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales can also streamed for free with an Amazon Prime subscription.