“Fifty years ago, Fred Rogers began leaving his indelible mark on young audiences through his pioneering show, and today, we’re honored to celebrate his legacy with a year full of special activities for fans of all ages,” said Paul Siefken, President & CEO, The Fred Rogers Company. “The enduring affection that so many of us have for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood underscores Fred’s truly timeless wisdom, which is just as important and relevant today as it was half a century ago.”
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on PBS on February 19, 1968 and continues to air on many PBS stations throughout the country. The series is also available for streaming on Amazon. In each of the show’s nearly 900 episodes, Mister Rogers creates a safe place for children to learn about themselves and the world around them, speaking directly to the series’ young audience with his unique one-to-one affirmation of their self-worth. Celebrity guest stars have included: Tony Bennett, Julia Child, Margaret Hamilton, Michael Keaton, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Rita Moreno, and Bill Nye.