Watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- 31 Seasons
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American TV series hosted by Fred Rogers and scripted to appeal to children between the ages of 2 and 5. Mister Rogers' 30-minute episodes use his puppet friends and a neighborhood of make-believe to talk to children about the numerous issues they might have to deal with in their own lives. The shows tackle a wide array of life experiences from the everyday problems of simple mistakes to fear of abandonment, war and death. In one episode, Mister Rogers accidentally failed to properly align the buttons and buttonholes of his sweater. He skipped one of the buttonholes to launch a talk about errors. He explained that everyone makes mistakes. He discussed how bad a person can feel when someone makes fun of their errors. The host also talked about how unkind it was to be one of the people who made fun of someone in such as situation and that these mistakes should be shrugged off. He also addressed the difficult issue of death. In one episode, he showed the viewing audience a fish floating on top of the water in a fish tank. He explained that it was very sad that the fish had died and told children it was normal to grieve. Mister Rogers went on to assure his audience that grief passes and after a loss they would feel happy again. Through his puppet characters in the Neighbor of Make-Believe, he covers a topic from every side. The puppet characters act out some of the behaviors or feelings the audience members might be experiencing. Mister Rogers speaks in a quiet, reassuring voice as he explains the issues in clear, simple terms. His show encourages people who want to recreate his neighborhood in their homes to use their imaginations. Instead of selling replicas as merchandise, the audience is urged to use discarded boxes and cloth to make their own version of the trolley and puppets on the show.