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Can You Imagine a World Without Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

Can You Imagine a World Without Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

Of course, the actual Mister (Fred) Rogers passed away in 2003, and it has been a comfort to know that we could at least hear his soothing, friendly voice and watch him change his shoes and cardigans every weekday on PBS. But it looks like episodes of the show will dwindle from TV, living on mostly in our memories (and, of course, on YouTube). PBS has plans to change the airing of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from daily episodes to "a single episode per weekend to member stations."

Unless, that is, Brian Linder's Save Mister Rogers' Neighborhood campaign is successful. A staunch defender of Mister Rogers, Linder writes that the "unfortunate decision" on the part of PBS "essentially silences the special nurturing voice of Mister Rogers in the daily lives of today’s children." He asks Rogers' fans to contact PBS and express displeasure about this move, and to spread the word to friends and family (which could include joining the group on Facebook).

The Save Mister Rogers' Neighborhood campaign even comes with an easy, built-in tag line: Won't you be our neighbor? I mean. . . won't you?


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Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Save Mr. Rogers!! I can't believe that PBS would want to stop showing this show, its a classic and I know I learned so much from this show - it would be a real shame to lose it.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 9 years
Haha, I meant generations after us :)
mariellynelly mariellynelly 9 years
This show is an absolute classic. I watched it when I grew up, my brother watched it when he was growing up and he's ten years older than me. It's one of those shows like Sesame Street that cannot be replaced. I hate the crap that kids watch now a days and stuff like Mister Rogers needs to be preserved for the generations before us!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
Aww, I love Mr. Rogers man. Sure its a bit outdated but I would totally want my God kids watching this! According to the site, GA will roll out a new digital channel GPB Kids that will air every day so YAY for that!!!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I loved this show when I was a kid, I can't imagine it going off the air.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I can't imagine a world without Mr. rogers on TV. It was sad enough when he died I can't believe PBS would take his show off the air. Kids now need that kind of show more than ever. What are they going to replace him with .. Another Dora the Explorer rip off? It seems like all the shows I loved as akid that helped shaped my view of the world as a place that included so many wonderful things are dying slowly and it's unfortuante. I know the world is different now but would it hurt to keep a little bit of the low tech love your neighbor feeling going for another generation.. I don't think so
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Watching how excited our three year old neighbor is when Mister Rogers is broadcast makes me more eager than ever to join this campaign. Mister Rogers was must see TV in our house when my daughter was young. Luckily, our local PBS station has opted to broadcast daily programs; Pittsburgh viewers will have the advantage that others will not to continue to watch the magic of Mister Rogers Neighborhood each day. You can bet I'll be a good neighbor!
saucymegstar saucymegstar 9 years
I really need to own every episode of this show! I absolutely want children to be able to watch this. One day if I have kids it will be required viewing! Anytime I watch Mister Rogers I think I learn more than I did as a kid. He was a remarkable man.
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