Nothing says springtime is here like a visit from the Easter Beagle. Snoopy and his friends are back in It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, showing now on Apple TV+. It’s one of many holiday specials appearing on Apple’s streaming video service, which is now the home of all things Peanuts.
Here’s what you need to watch it starting on Friday.
The return of an annual tradition
This plot of this special is likely familiar to many people. “Linus is certain that the Easter Beagle will bring eggs for everyone this year, but the rest of the gang is skeptical,” says Apple. “Taking matters into their own hands, Peppermint Patty and Marcy try to make Easter eggs, while Lucy throws a private egg hunt.“
After premiering on CBS in 1974, the show became an annual tradition for many families. But after ABC brought the rights, broadcast became much more sporadic. The special hasn’t been on broadcast TV at all since 2014.
In 2020, Apple TV+ acquired the rights to It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and other specials. Starting on Friday, the streaming service made the springtime-themed one available to watch again.
Watching It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is easy on Apple TV+
The free Apple TV application is needed to watch the Peanuts Easter special on Mac, iPhone, etc. But you’ll also need an Apple TV+ subscription, which costs $4.99 a month. (Don’t confuse the app with Apple TV hardware. That’s convenient but not required.)
The Apple TV application is available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad. There’s also a Mac version. Install any or all of these as you would any free software.
Once you have the application installed and running, and a subscription, look around for It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. (Here’s a direct link.)
On Windows, Android or Chrome OS
Watching Apple’s video content is as easy as visiting its website for anyone with a computer running Windows or Chrome OS. The same goes for Android phones and tablets.
You’ll watch the Peanuts specials in a browser. And you can jump straight to the It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown page.
On a Roku, Fire TV or smart TV
Apple produced a version of the Apple TV application for a wide range of streaming devices.That includes smart TVs, too.
On a Roku, go to the Channel Store and download the Apple software. On an Amazon Fire TV, installation can start with saying, “Alexa, find the Apple TV app.”
Just so there’s no confusion, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is not available for free. It’s part of the Apple TV+ content library, so you’ll need a subscription.