Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with KERA

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 50th anniversary

Welcome to KERA’s super-fan trove of Mister Rogers event and programming information, videos, songs, history, links and activities!

» 1969: Fred Rogers Addresses Congress

Watch Fred Rogers explain to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communication, with his trademark sincerity and care, what he hoped Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood would accomplish for children:

On February 19, 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on PBS and forever changed the landscape of children’s education media.

In 2018, KERA and the Fred Rogers Company will commemorate 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a crown jewel of public broadcasting, with a year-long celebration of initiatives, reminiscing and caring for our neighbors.

For 50 years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has made children feel good about themselves. It has promoted values that are timeless and universal. It has provided quality programming based on widely-accepted principles of child development and child psychology.

And now, the award-winning show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood continues to build on the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood legacy.

So, “let’s make the most of this beautiful day,” and join together to celebrate the civility and friendship the show encouraged.

We hope to connect with generations of North Texas neighbors through this special anniversary!

Relive Mister Rogers Memories


Get Mister Rogers Gifts

What a neighborly gift for a friend who’s a fan! Scores of thank-you items are available to new KERA members and to members who make an additional donation, including these Mister Rogers goodies:

  • Combo pack: DVD of the Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like special, a four-DVD set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection, a color-changing sweater mug and a quote bag decorated with Mister Rogers quotes.
    Mister Rogers color-changing sweater mug: When you pour hot liquid inside, his blue suit jacket turns into a tan sweater. Just like in the show! What a magical way to start the day.
    Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like retrospective DVD: A star-studded tribute to America’s favorite neighbor. Watch the preview here.

    Visit the KERA donation page to browse all membership levels and thank-you gift options. Type “Rogers” into the search field to filter for all Mister Rogers gifts.


    Scroll Through Neighborhood History

    When did Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood end and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood begin? View key Neighborhood dates in this timeline from the Fred Rogers Company.

    (Timeline credit: The Fred Rogers Company)


    More Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

    Can’t get enough of Mister Rogers? Continue your binge!

    Mister Rogers' 50th Anniversary

    • View a roundup of five especially memorable moments from the show, including the 1981 visit from 10-year-old Jeffrey Erlanger (New York Times).
    • “The legacy lives on.” Visit the Fred Rogers Company website here.
    • Listen to the Fresh Air with Terry Gross episode about Fred Rogers.
    • Read about Fred Rogers’ impact on his hometown (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
    • Read a woman’s story about becoming friends with Mister Rogers while she battled seizures as a 5-year-old (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
    • Read one parent share “Why ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ is the Best Type of Screen Time” (Lifehacker).
    • Watch Mister Rogers show his iconic sweaters to young viewers and share about their creator — his mother (Fred Rogers Company).
    • Read Tom Junod’s in-depth 1998 profile of Fred Rogers (Esquire).
    • Why is the show’s pace so slow and leisurely? Browse the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood FAQ.
    • Browse popular Mister Rogers quotes (Goodreads).
    • Get Mister Rogers episode synopses, characters and other information here, by year or topic. You can do the same for Daniel Tiger episodes here (fan site neighborhoodarchive.com).
    • Read “The saint-like legacy of Mister Rogers” (The Atlantic).
    bull; Watch WUCF’s take on Mister Rogers’ impact on Central Florida (PBS).
    Read about the U.S. Postal Service’s stamp honoring Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (NPR).
    • Get Mister Rogers games, videos and more for kids (PBS Kids).
    • Learn more about Daniel Tiger and get games, videos, stories and more about Daniel and his friends (Fred Rogers Company and PBS Kids).
    • Read about Tom Hanks starring in the upcoming Fred Rogers biopic You Are My Friend (Variety).
    • Browse the Fred Rogers page on Wikipedia.
    • Read touching Mister Rogers stories and memories from fans (Today).
    • Follow the Fred Rogers Company on Twitter here or like their Facebook page here.



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