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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 

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Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
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Series cast summary:
Fred Rogers ...  Mr. Rogers / ... 895 episodes, 1968-2001
Betty Aberlin ...  Lady Aberlin / ... 496 episodes, 1968-2001
David Newell ...  Mr. McFeely 438 episodes, 1968-2001
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"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 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 Stripèd Tiger. Frequent visitors as well as Rogers' own frequent visits to various places in the neighborhood rounded out each show. The program was taped at ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Family | Fantasy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Runtime:

(895 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

Color:

Black and White (1968)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

From 1968 to 1986, a total of thirteen Neighborhood operas were made; they were performed as follows: episode 45, in which Lady Aberlin, as a mother, who hires a babysitter, (John Reardon) to look after her child (Donkey Hodie); episode 84, in which Lady Elaine plays a campsite owner, who objects to some guests (John Reardon and Betty Aberlin); episode 1055, airing since 1969, where people sailed the ocean searching for a lost teddy bear; episode 1125, "The Hawaiian Opera," since 1970, where Reardon and Lady Aberlin play telephone operators; episode 1169, "A Monkey's Uncle: The Organ Grinder Opera," since 1971, where John Reardon, as an organ grinder, Lady Aberlin, as a zoo keeper, and Chef Brockett as a chimpanzee; episode 1245, "The Snow People Opera," from 1972, with an evil witch (Lady Elaine Fairchilde), who helps Lady Aberlin turn François Scarborough Clemmons and Yoshi Ito into snow people (the snow can only be melted with a very special teacher, John Reardon, and a warm pussycat - Henrietta Pussycat and bring them together; a later program; episode 1515, from February 1983, had a story line similar to this one: Lady Elaine Fairchilde, as herself, causes a snow storm in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and they use a very special teacher, Harriet Elizabeth Cow, and a warm pussycat, Henrietta Pussycat, again); episode 1300, "Potato Bugs and Cows," from Friday, 13 April 1973, featuring Lady Aberlin as Priscilla the Cow, Chef Brockett as a groovy potato bug, and Reardon as a farmer; episode 1370, "All in the Laundry," since 1974, in which Reardon is a poor worker in Lady Elaine's Latrobe Laundromat, X the Owl and Yoshi Ito played customers (This was the only opera to include Mr. McFeely (David Newell, giving him the song "A Speedy Delivery" to sing); episode 1425, "Key to Otherland," from 1975, featuring John Reardon, as a swan and Lady Elaine, as a wicked witch who runs a taffy factory; episode 1475, "Windstorm in Bubbleland," from 23 May 1980, featuring John Reardon as a news reporter, Lady Aberlin as a sweater maker, and Lady Elaine Fairchilde as a hummingbird that can stop an impending storm; episode 1505, "Spoon Mountain," from 1982, the only opera not to feature Rogers's puppets, starred Chuck Aber as a prince and Robert Trow as the wicked Knife and Fork who kidnap a baton-twirling kitty; episode 1535, "A Grandad for Daniel," from May 1984, featuring Lady Aberlin as a trolley driver and John Reardon as a long-lost grandfathe; episode #1565, "A Star For Kitty," from 9 May 1986 (the last opera), starred Lady Aberlin, as a cat, who wanted a star, and Daniel Striped Tiger, as a star, who didn't want to leave the sky. See more »

Goofs

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 its own, as if someone were behind the door pulling it closed. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Rogers: A lot of people have asked me how they can get a trolley like mine to play with. And I usually say, "Why don't you just make one?"
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Crazy Credits

Following the end credits of episode #1610, which aired in mid 1989, a message appeared that said, "We dedicate the production of Josepine the Short-Neck Giraffe to our good friend and opera maker, John Reardon, whose excellence as a singer and as a person will contine to inspire us all forever." John Reardon had passed away in early 1989. See more »

Alternate Versions

Various theme-week episodes were released to video in the late-1980s in a special format. For instance, the week of "Day Care and Night Care" (#1516-1520) was released to video under the title "When Parents Are Away", and featured the Neighborhood of Make-Believe segments, edited into new segments featuring Mr. Rogers, as well as old segments like him visiting the day care home. In the old version, Fred meets Mr. McFeely at Brockett's bakery and they go to the day care home together. But in the video version, Mr. McFeely visits Mr. Rogers from Brockett's bakery and they leave from the house. See more »

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You Are Special
Performed by Fred Rogers
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There will never be another Mr. Rogers
16 May 2006 | by david-2271See all my reviews

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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