"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
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Episode #1475, "The Windstorm in Bubbleland Opera," is the only episode in the show's history that does not feature the the logo of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the opening. Instead, about eight seconds into the beginning, the episode title, "Mister Rogers Makes an Opera", appears. It is also the only episode in which Fred Rogers arrives at the television house already in his sweater and does NOT go inside also instead of his usual theme he sings "it's a beautiful day in thid neighborhood a beautiful day for an opera could we make one sure we'll make one". See more »
In the 1979-1981 episodes when Mr. Rogers takes off 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 »
One time I met one of those people and he said that they had practiced for ten years to do dances like that. Ten years. Isn't that wonderful? That they care enough to do that? You know, there are times when you feel like dancing, but you're supposed to sit still or at least sit down. I wonder if we couldn't make up a... sitting kind of a dance. Because sometimes you have such a good feeling that you have to move a little bit.
It's such a good feeling / To know you're alive / It's such a...
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Right before the end credits of "Conflict" #1525, a message appears on screen that says, "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares. And their spears into pruning forks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war anymore". See more »
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 »
One thing that always bothered many people about Mr. Rogers is that he was not believable. Well, the wild thing is that what you see on TV is what you get in real life.
Fred Rogers is the most soft spoken and kindest person you would ever want to meet. What you get is not fake love like in many of today's kid's shows (Barney, to name the most evil one), but true heart from a man who cares.
Mr Rogers is married, has a son, and his son was a bit of a rebel, but you can't deny the man's love for people. I grew up with him. I'm glad I did.
If you don't believe me, just look at the bloopers from his show (Him setting up the tent is the most famous - all he does is laugh).
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