Mister Rogers takes a ride on a real school bus. In Make-Believe the parents are excited to see their children at the end of the first day of school. Mister Rogers helps children know that teachers ...
We follow a family of bears, known as the Berenstain Bears, as they figure out life together. With friendly neighbors and close friends, the journey is never boring. Inspired by the book series written by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
"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 Fairchilde and Daniel Striped Tiger. Frequent visitors as well as Rogers' own frequent visits to various places in the neighborhood rounded out each show. The ... Written by
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Fred Rogers never appeared in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as himself, although in the first few seasons of the show he used to interact with the characters. In episode 1 he called Edgar Cooke (Whom Fred Rogers also voiced) on the telephone can (We didn't hear Edgar's voice on the other line though) and he'd look through a telescope to the Neighborhood of Make Believe. At the end of the NoMB segment in episode 1, King Friday says, "I wonder what Mr. Rogers would say about this," and sends a note to him on the trolley. Betty Aberlin played her Neighborhood of Make-Believe character, Lady Aberlin, in the real neighborhood in 1013 from 1969 when she gives Mr. Rogers an invitation to the wedding of King Friday and Queen Sara. Joe Negri plays his Neighborhood of Make- Believe character, Handyman Negri, in the real neighborhood during the week of episodes 1001-1005 in 1969. Both performers had always played themselves in the real neighborhood from then on. 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 »
Following the credits of episode: "Sharing #1715", a disclaimer appeared that said, "Family Communications Inc. dedicates this week of programs to John Costa, who shared his friendship and musical genius with us for many years". Johnny Costa had passed away in mid-1996, nearly one year before this episode aired. See more »
Like many kids of the early 70's, I used to watch the PBS trinity. Sesame Street taught us about letters and numbers while The Electric Company taught us about reading. Mr. Rogers had the hardest job of all though; he taught us about feelings, socialization and the adult world.
Everything about the show was crafted to be warm and friendly without being boring or patronizing. Mr. Roger's tools were puppets, videos and original music, all of which were used to great effect. Even so, the show was about how people feel and relate, and for that it needed a Human element. Mr. Rogers and his neighbors were that element, and they were expert teachers.
As the focal-point of the show ("star" just doesn't seem right), Mr. Rogers always spoke directly to the camera, as if speaking directly to the children who were watching. His manner was always calm and inviting, unlike a certain purple dinosaur whose hyperactive manner almost demands that you like him. More importantly, Mr. Rogers always conveyed an air of dignity. Contrast that with many modern shows that tend to portray adults as fools. That may be good for a cheap laugh, but kids know that adults are in charge. Who wants a fool to be in charge? Kids shows will come and go, but there will never be another Mr. Rogers. He didn't want to sell the kids things, he didn't expect them to be "cool," and he didn't want to replace their parents. he just wanted to be their neighbor.
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