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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

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Black and White (1968)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

George A. Romero had originally wanted to cast Betty Aberlin as the lead of his classic masterpiece Night of the Living Dead (1968), but Fred Rogers refused. See more »

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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 »

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Mr. Rogers: 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.
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Mr. Rogers: It's such a good feeling / To know you're alive / It's such ...
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Right before the opening credits for the 1979-2001 episodes, a blue screen appeared and a male voiceover announced the sponsors. "The people who gave the money to make Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, are the people of...". In the 1967-1975 episodes, there was no blue screen credits at the beginning or end. Instead, the sponsors were announced over the end credits. See more »

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Mister Rogers was the REAL DEAL!!!
27 February 2003 | by donmccullen-1See all my reviews

The Mr. Rogers you saw pay a television visit to your house was the same Mr. Rogers in real life should you ever have run into him. On the night of writing this we lost Fred Rogers who passed away at the age of 74 years of age. His show took the basics of 1950's TV production and stayed with it even since. It was all about having a conversation with his TV friend. In broadcasting you may speak to many people, but speak as only one person was talking to you.

His first show was the Children's Corner (1953-61) which featured a woman by the name of Josie Carry. Although he got hosting credit, he never appeared in front of the camera, but rather was the puppeteer. The Children's Corner developed most of his puppet characters including Daniel Stripped Tiger, Henrietta Pussycat, X the Owl, and King Friday XIII. The Children's Corner was done live at Non-Commercial TV station WQED in Pittsburgh. It was a fun show if anything, and Josie and the puppets talk about Mr. Rogers a lot.

After Children's Corner he moved to Canada and did a show simply called Mister Rogers (1962-64), and it was first time he was on camera. The show was 15 minutes but it developed something which we know now as the Neighborhood of Make-believe. This Neighborhood was the majority of this short show, but Fred Rogers would appear at the beginning and ending of the program, and he would show off a few things before he had "make-believe" with the viewers. Usually it was some kind of vehicle that takes us to the Make-believe world.

In 1966 Fred returned to WQED and all that he developed would come together and Mister Rogers Neighborhood signs on the air for the first time. Fred wrote and sang shows for the show, and he showed fun things to the audience. His trips to the Neighborhood of Make Believe incorporated storylines about how people (and puppets) no matter how hard they try they should just try to be themselves and deal with live life issues in the fantasy world. Mr. Rogers also took us around the TV neighborhood on soundstages at first but the post 1979 shows took us to actual places in the real world.

Fred Rogers never liked TV for himself, but he knew how to use it to make an impact on people, and impact he did. He did most of the writhing on the show, nobody would dare tell him what to do, not saying they would. I would have loved to meet him myself, but I will never get that chance. He didn't care about being a celebrity. Just someone who cared about people and try to a "neighbor" to them.

Rest In Peace.


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