The classic children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted nationally 50 years ago on February 19, 1968. On March 6 at 8pm, THIRTEEN welcomes generations of adults to tune in for MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE, a celebrity-filled, hour-long special that celebrates Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and its impact on the world of children’s television and beyond. Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights on television’s longest-running children’s series. The program also features interviews with celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.”
Who’s Back in the Neighborhood?
On the March 6 broadcast of MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE, Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, while Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”), David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) and Joanne Rogers, Fred’s widow, share their personal stories. The show also includes performances from the archives by Tony Bennett, The Empire Brass Quintet, Hillary Hahn, Margaret Hamilton, Yo-Yo Ma and Nicholas, Wynton Marsalis and Itzhak Perlman.
Fred Rogers created nearly 900 episodes and some favorite segments will be part of the tribute show: a visit with Koko the Gorilla, Big Bird’s appearance in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as well as trips to the Crayola Factory and the Radio Flyer Wagon Company.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood/ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Theme Week
Prior to the upcoming special, PBS KIDS will mark the 50th anniversary milestone with a week-long programming event featuring back-to-back episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and award-winning animated spin-off Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood from The Fred Rogers Company. The broadcast event takes place throughout the week of February 26 and will include a new episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, as well as a special PBS KIDS Family Night on the 24/7 channel and live stream March 2-4.
Each day, PBS KIDS will pair Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes with the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes that inspired them, with complementary themes such as dealing with loss and coping with angry feelings.
February 26: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel’s Fish Dies/Daniel’s Strawberry Seeds” (NEW) and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Death of a Goldfish”
February 27: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “The Tiger Family Grows/Daniel Learns About Being a Big Brother” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Families”
February 28: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Visiting Grandpere/The Tiger Family Goes Home” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Grandparents”
March 1: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Friends Help Each Other/Daniel Helps O Tell a Story” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Friends”
March 2: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel Gets Mad/Katerina Gets Mad” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Mad Feelings”
The Fred Rogers Company
The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The Company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad.