PBS Is Streaming Every Episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on Twitch

Image: screengrab via PBS Twitch
Image: screengrab via PBS Twitch

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is something I recall as a feeling rather than a specific set of memories. Wikipedia claims there was a whole cast of characters—Mr. McFeely, Pilot Ito, Officer Clemmons, and a few dozen puppets—but I don’t remember them. With the passage of time, the show’s details have collapsed into a singular sense of comfort and safety, the sensation of laying on the carpet in front of grandma’s wood-paneled TV with the big, clicky knobs. Or, at least, that’s what I think it looked like.

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Fred Rogers instilled the value of imagination and conscientiousness in American children for nearly 40 years. Over the next 18 days, PBS is streaming every episode of his landmark show over Twitch without commercials as part of a fundraiser. Nostalgia can be good, in limited doses, so feel free to revisit that familiar place filled with ragtime and neighbors who like you just the way you are.

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Growing up we would see Fred Roger’s on vacation in Cape Cod, he knew my Grand parents. He was everything in real life that portrayed on TV. He was kind, considerate and spoke to you as an equal. On Friday the 13th (Fun Fact: Every single Friday the 13th was King Friday’s birthday) Fred would call our home in King Friday’s voice and talk to each of my siblings, asking if we did our home work, helped our parents and made simple small talk never breaking character. It wasn’t until I was older until I realized how special those calls were, but how special Fred and his whole cast was to thousands of children. I hope parents/adults/children continue to watch his show and learn how to respect/encourage children’s curiosity and ambition to learn the simple things about the world around them.

PS. I wish I still had that Jurassic Park outfit...