Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

PBS (ended 2001)



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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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"In a little toy neighborhood, a tiny trolley rolls past a house at the end of a street. Welcome to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." In the annals of children's TV, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ranks among the longest-lasting and beloved shows. Upon its conclusion, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was the longest-running series in PBS history (a record eclipsed by Sesame Street in 2003). Host Fred Rogers (known to millions as simply "Mister Rogers") used his gentle charm and mannerisms to communicate with his audience of children. Topics centered on nearly every inconceivable matter of concern to children, ranging from everyday fears related to going to sleep, getting immunizations and disappointment about not getting one's way to losing a loved one to death and physical handicaps. Rogers used simple songs and, on nearly every show, segments from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (NOM) to make his point. A scale-model trolley was often (but not always) used to segue into the Make-Believe segments, said neighborhood being inhabited by puppet characters including King Friday XIII, Lady Elaine Fairchild and Daniel Striped Tiger. Many shows also featured visits from cast members – most often Mr. McFeely (tagline: "Speedy Delivery"), Robert Trow, Joe Negri and Chef Brockett (the local baker). Many times, Rogers also visited the neighborhood shops of both the regulars and guests. Each show began and ended with a camera panning over a scale neighborhood (said to represent the town where Rogers lived). Production History While today's longer-running PBS Kids shows reinvent themselves every five years, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood achieved, throughout its 31 seasons, that rarest of elements: consistency. It is a legacy that can all be traced through every aspect of Fred Rogers' television career. Some of the characters in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, both real and imagined, had appeared in two of Fred Rogers' earlier programs, The Children's Corner for Pittsburgh's WQED in 1954 and the CBC's Misterogers in 1963. It was for Misterogers that Fred first appeared on-camera. Rogers returned to WQED in Pittsburgh to begin writing and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood May 22, 1967. Several other public television stations from Chicago to Boston carried the show on a trial basis that year. Beginning February 19, 1968, the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood program that we know today, began airing nationwide on National Educational Television (NET), the predecessor to PBS. This was also the year David Newell, returned from Europe, began work for Rogers. He was in charge of the production as well as the neighborhood's Speedy Delivery service. (AN ASIDE: Rogers wanted to call the delivery man Mr. McCurdy after the man at the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, whose support launched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. But the people at Sears-Roebuck called Rogers and said "Mr. McCurdy" was too self-serving. Thus Rogers went to his roots to rename Newell's deliveryman. "McFeely" was Rogers' middle name and the last name of his maternal grandfather.) Shows were produced as a daily strip from 1968 to 1976, at which time production was suspended. Counting black-and-white episodes, 590 shows were produced in that span. Production resumed at the beginning of the remote video age in 1979. Rogers went on location more, supervising videos of how people make things (a precursor to the TVO series Here's How!). Other characters would be introduced in the subsequent two decades. In all, 305 new programs were taped from 1979 through 2001. Of that volume, the most notable shows came in 1991, with Rogers focusing on calming children's fears during the first U.S. war with Iraq. PBS gradually narrowed the window for the 460 "pre-79" episodes with each new season from 1980 onward. When the number of "post-75" episodes was enough to cover entire years, the classic shows were retired, last airing on PBS in the summer of 1995. Despite the production stoppage and the subsequent passing of Fred Rogers on February 27, 2003, PBS continues to repeat Mister Roger's Neighborhood in all its original glory–an accomplishment unique among all PBS Kids shows.moreless
Betty Aberlin

Betty Aberlin

Lady Aberlin

Don Brockett

Don Brockett

Chef Brockett (operated the town bakery 1968-1995)

Joe Negri

Joe Negri

Himself (owner of Negri's Music Shop); Handyman Negri (Neighborhood of Make Believe segments)

Lenny Meledandri

Lenny Meledandri

Puppet character Prince Tuesday (1987-2001)

Maxine Miller

Maxine Miller

Nurse Miller (1968-1971)

Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers

Himself, puppet characters King Friday XIII, Queen Sara, Edgar Cooke, Cornflake S. Pecially, Henrietta Pussycat, X the Owl, Lady

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  • He Was a Great Neighbor

    I could understand how some people would view this show as 'dated', mainly because technology has advanced and this show was what my parents watched when they were kids. I would still recommend this to parents, one thing Fred Rogers was able to do was relate to children, and this was a quiet show to keep children calm during afternoons. Parents may need to explain a few things, as I recall doing the same myself, but that only adds a better learning and communication element.

    From my personal experience, I thought Mister Rogers sounded slow, something seemed off to me but as the years went by I noticed he was just a nice guy. He lived that life, there was no off switch and all those kind words he said on camera were authentic. Sometimes when you're a kid it feels good to have someone say nice things to you, especially when you find out they really mean it.

    This show might not be for everyone, and I haven't seen it since I was young so I'm not too sure what they did or if they made more shows after Fred Rogers died. This show required some kids to really use their imaginations, and I was one of the kids who didn't care too much for the puppets. I've seen this show mocked often, but it's a harmless educational show.

    The main argument people didn't like about the show was how Mister Rogers told kids that they were all unique, special and he liked them just the way they were. They felt it made some children not try harder to be like everyone else, to be what people consider normal, which is debatable. I watched the show with several individuals who grew up just fine.

    I was glad to have seen this show, Mister Rogers seemed to really care and treat children with a decent amount of dignity in each episode. This was one of the few shows that promoted good habits, you don't have to worry about children repeating anything he does aside from maybe wearing a sweater or wanting to feed some fish. Mister Rogers was one of the best.moreless
  • I am really freaked out about this show.

    One of the creepiest shows that were a kids show.First of all,Mister Rogers is all nice and this is really stupid of what he did to this show.Second of all,the puppets are really disturbing and King Friday is not that disturbing and finally of all,the whole show is really creepy.In one of the episodes,this dude looked really disturbing with his eyes.Mister Rogers,you did not do a good job on this show.It's very creepy with you and the puppets from The Neiborhood Of Make Believe.Your show is one of the baddest show that I will know forever.I give this show a D because it's stupid and all of those crazy puupets are disturbing.moreless
  • The coolest TV Teacher!

    He is sweet, he acts like your neighbor, and he takes you on adventures through his house and everything. He teaches you things you wanna learn as a kid who likes school. Greatness!
  • BOO-YAH! Mr. Rogers all the way!

    How many buff musclemen do you see showing off on TV and then when they actually NEED to fight, they wuss out? Well, the only ones I can think of that don't are Chuck Noris and (fanfare) Mr. Rogers.

    Not ONLY was he in the navy but he was an EXCELLENT teacher. The show may creep some of you freaks out, but I happen to like it.

    Examples of why Mr. Rogers is a good show:

    Feeding the fish: To care for life and for reminding,

    The wonderful land of make-believe: recognition,

    Song: How do we NOT learn from song?

    Mr. Rogers: an extraordinary role model for any child.

    Mr. Rogers deserves to be appreciated and I do appriciate him. Please, for wonderful education watch this show with your kids.moreless
  • Excellent children's show

    Mr. Rogers was truly an inspiring character who knew how to teach children about life without sugar-coating anything. Even after his death, his legacy lives on.

    Won't You Be My Neighbor Lyrics

    It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,

    A beautiful day for a neighbor.

    Would you be mine?

    Could you be mine?...

    It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,

    A neighborly day for a beauty.

    Would you be mine?

    Could you be mine?...

    I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.

    I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

    So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.

    Since we're together we might as well say:

    Would you be mine?

    Could you be mine?

    Won't you be my neighbor?

    Won't you please,

    Won't you please?

    Please won't you be my neighbor?moreless

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Comedy, Kids


altruistic behavior, long running show, cultural phenomenon, childlike sense of wonder, mainstream america