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Encyclopedia > Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a children's television show hosted by Fred Rogers which was produced by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania public broadcaster WQED-TV and Rogers' not-for-profit production company Family Communications, Inc. Childrens television shows are television programs designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ... Frederick McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928–February 27, 2003) was the host of the internationally acclaimed childrens television show Mister Rogers Neighborhood, in production from 1968 to 2001. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 County Allegheny County Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... WQED-TV (channel 13, digital channel 38) is a PBS television station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

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Alternate name

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is sometimes referred to as MisteRogers' Neighborhood. This was the original name of the series from its debut February 19, 1968 until May 1, 1970. February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


History

The show began in 1962 as Misterogers, a 15 minute program on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. (Ernie Coombs, a.k.a. Mister Dressup, got his start as a puppeteer on Misterogers.) 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known by the abbreviation CBC, is Canadas state-owned radio and television service. ... Ernest (Ernie) Coombs CM (November 26, 1927 - September 18, 2001) was a childrens entertainer, best known for the long-running Canadian television series Mr. ... Mr. ...


The first broadcast of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was on the National Educational Television network on February 19, 1968. The following year it moved to NET's successor, PBS. The last set of original episodes began airing in August 2001. Reruns continue to be broadcast on many PBS stations. National Educational Television (NET) was an educational television network in the USA from 1952 until 1969. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... Note: as an adjective (stressed on the second syllable instead of the first), august means honorable. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


About the show

The show was characterized by its simplicity and calmness. Episodes had no real plot, and instead consisted of Rogers speaking directly to children about various issues, taking them on tours of factories, demonstrating experiments and crafts, and interacting with his friends. The half-hour episodes were punctuated by a puppet segment chronicling the adventures of the inhabitants of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe was the fictional kingdom inhabited by the hand puppet characters on the childrens television program Mister Rogers Neighborhood. ...


The show was also notable for its use of jazz-inspired music, mostly composed and performed by Rogers' longtime friend John Costa, until Costa's death in 1996. Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Characters

Characters on the show include Mr. McFeely the delivery man, Betty Aberlin, Chef Brockett, François Clemmons, Joe Negri, and Bob Trow. Many of the puppet characters appearing in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe segment were developed by Rogers years earlier for Josie Carey's educational program, The Children's Corner. Josie Carey (Aug 20, 1930 - May 28, 2004), was the stagename of Josephine Vicari Massucci Franz. ...


See also

On Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Planet Purple is a planet on which everything is purple, and everyone and everything is the same. ...

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