Mister Rogers – See Who’s Back in the Neighborhood

November 27, 2018

Updated November 27, 2018

The classic children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted nationally 50 years ago on February 19, 1968. On Tuesday, November 27 at 9 p.m. (#GivingTuesday), 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.”

Mister Fred Rogers.

The late Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Who’s Back in the Neighborhood?

On the broadcast program 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.

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.