|Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood|
Publicity photo showing Fred Rogers and the "neighbourhood".
|Company||CBC, NET, PBS|
|Country of origin||Canada, USA|
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is a children's television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. The series began in 1962 as Mister Rogers, a 15-minute program on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The first broadcast of the American version of the series was on the National Educational Television network on 19 February 1968. When NET ceased broadcasting in 1970, the series moved to PBS, where the show was renamed Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1971. This first series of episodes ran until 20 February 20 1976. A second series was produced from 20 August 1979 to 31 August 2001.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is characterized by its quiet simplicity and gentleness. Episodes do not have a plot, and consist of Rogers speaking directly to the viewer about various issues, taking the viewer on tours of factories, demonstrating experiments, crafts, and music, and interacting with his friends. The half-hour episodes are punctuated by a puppet segment chronicling occurrences in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Mister Rogers always made a clear distinction between the realistic world of his television neighborhood and the fantasy world of Make-Believe.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood.