"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was among the most famous, longest-lasting and fondly-remembered children's television shows. 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 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. Frequent visitors as well as Rogers' own frequent visits to various places in the neighborhood rounded out each show. The program... Written by
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Fred Rogers's primary puppets first used on the show were King Friday XIII, Daniel Stripèd Tiger, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Cornflake S. Pecially, Edgar Cooke, Grandpère, and the Froggs. Lady Elaine Fairchilde first appeared in episode #5. Grandpère first appeared in episode #6. Donkey Hodie first appeared in Episode #16. Sara Saturday debuted in episode #32. Dr. Bill and Elsie Jean Platypus debuted in episode #1016. Ana Platypus was born in episode #1104. Prince Tuesday was born in episode #1117. H.J. Elephant III debuted in episode #1402, the same episode in which Maggie Stewart first appeared. Harriet Elizabeth Cow first appeared during the week of episodes #1296-1300, the week of the Potato Opera. Prince Tuesday and Ana Platypus grew to young children during the week of episodes #1461-1465. See more »
In "Discipline, #1494" the cameraman's shadow is visible on Mr. Rogers as he's talking with Peggy Flemming. See more »
X the Owl:
This is an OCS Moving Picture. Just look at it very carefully and you'll see the waves move.
[the waves in the picture start moving]
[X, Mr. Aber, Prince Tuesday and Handyman Negri watch with awe]
Wow. I wanna get a surf board.
X the Owl:
Yeah, some people like to swim in there. You have to be very careful, though.
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Following the end credits of episode #1740 (aired in late 1998), a message appeared that read, "Dedicated to our colleague and friend, Bob Trow, with deep gratitude and affection". Bob Trow had passed away November 2, 1998, before the week of episodes aired. See more »
Fred McFeely Rogers. A brilliant man. In a time when children were largely ignored (and even feared at times by adults) this man had the good sense to realize one simple fact: children are people too! I am 20 years old and I am PROUD to claim that I watched Mr. Rogers every day growing up. All I watched when I was little was Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and Today's Special. Those were children's shows that made a child feel good. Unlike the wave of horrible children's shows that came in a few years ago (any show ending with -mon comes to mind), these shows were real. Mr. Rogers was real. You could almost believe that he really was your neighbor. He seemed like the kind of man you would see every day. But there was a huge difference: he loved and cared about children. Mr. Rogers has taken a lot of flack for his feelings towards children. How sad is it that feelings such as kindness, love, and sympathy are regarded with suspicion? Despite hundreds of attacks, despite cries of "pedophile" or "child raper", this man never wavered in his beliefs. He never backed down from what he felt was right. Some people (including 1 person on here) have wondered about the origin of the name McFeely. Well, I will tell you. It's not a hidden reference to a supposed desire to "feel" children. McFeely is his middle name, his mother's maiden name, and his maternal grandfather's name. His grandfather was responsible for some of Mr. Rogers' trademark lines: "I like you just the way you are", among others. Some people may know the song "Mr. Rogers" by Korn. Jonathan Winters, the lead singer and songwriter, screams at him "I hate you!" "I wish I never would have watched you" and "child f----r" to name a few. The reason Winters had so much hostility towards him is that as a child when he heard Mr. Rogers' kind words, he thought it meant that if you were nice to people, they would be nice to you. He thought everyone in the world was like Mr. Rogers. Unfortunately, he was wrong, and Winters was molested on many different occasions by a neighbor. Very sad, yes, but he was only projecting his anger onto this kind man. I think even Winters realizes that he really doesn't blame Fred Rogers for what happened to him. In conclusion, I'd just like to say thank you to Fred Rogers for giving so much of yourself to us and asking so very little in return. God bless you, Mr. Rogers, and my prayers go out to his family and friends.
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