"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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In the week of Go Stop Go, the numbers on King Friday and Handyman Negri's fire fighter helmets are 143. 143 was Fred Rogers numerical way of saying "I Love You" by counting the letters in each word. "I (1) Love (4) You (3)". This concept was first demonstrated on the show in the week of "Transformations," #1696-1700, from 1996, in which Daniel Stripèd Tiger demonstrates this to his friends. Though this is the first time 143 had been explained fully, it had been used subtly in past episodes. See more »
In the 1979-1981 episodes when Mr. Rogers takes his sweater and closes the closet door, he'd often close it too fast so it came open a ways, but then the closet door begins to close on it's own, as if someone were behind the door pulling it closed. See more »
After the end credits of episode #1686 (aired in the summer of 1995) a disclaimer appeared that said: 'Dedicated to our friend and colleague, Chef Brockett, with deep affection and gratitude", due to the passing of Don Brockett (Chef Brockett) in May, 1995. See more »
Never underestimate the power of Public Television. Fred Rogers makes children feel comfortable and loved, even if their home life isn't perfect. They don't really show the oldest episodes on PBS, but even back in 1968, Mr. Rogers was having episodes about difficult topics, one episode from the aforementioned year about the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. One might jeer at Mr. Rogers' style of taking his fancy jacket off and changing into a sweater, or changing from his business shoes into tennis shoes, but it gives the feeling comfort in a weary world.
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