The Best of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 7 Seasons 1968

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1. The First Week (#1) The First Program (Black & White, 1967) TV-Y CC

The first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, at that time spelled as one word, Misterogers, includes many of the same elements millions of people came to know and love about Fred Rogers and some that are different.

Starring:
Fred Rogers, Barbara Russell
Runtime:
30 minutes
Original air date:
February 19, 1968

The First Week (#1) The First Program (Black & White, 1967)

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Music, Kids & Family
Starring Fred Rogers, Barbara Russell
Supporting actors Robert Trow
Season year 1980
Network PBS
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I love Mister Rogers, and my kids adore watching him.
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He helps them feel safe and teaches valuable life lessons along the way.
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Pretty much anything else is not even acceptable for our children!
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By E. Scherer on November 16, 2010
When Mister Rogers was removed from the daily feeds of our local PBS station and replaced with drivel, I was upset. My four year old was just as upset, but kept watching repeats of the few episodes we had saved on tape. While I have been trying to collect other "Mister Rogers" episodes since that time, they were hard to come by and resulted in attempts by me to "ration" new episodes. When I discovered seven volumes of Mister Rogers at Amazon on demand, I was thrilled. The smile on my daughter's face when she saw the first episode was priceless.

The children of today's society desperately need a quiet, gentle, and calming figure in their crazy lives: Mister Rogers is one of the few TV personalities capable of filling that role.
In a world of television programs that are over-stimulating and age inappropriate, Mister Rogers was and continues to be an oasis. He teaches quietly, gently, and with a unique perspective on childhood fears and emotions. He does not just talk to children, he communicates with them. I have seen countless children, verbally respond to him when he asks a question to his "television neighbor." I am so glad that Amazon is making Mr. Rogers' unique perspective more readily available to a new generation of children.

If you think Mister Rogers only had the capacity to profoundly affect children, you have either never watched his show or seen him speak outside of the Neighborhood. In 1969, Mr. Rogers was responsible for Congress increasing the federal government's appropriations for PBS from $9 to 21 million. In about six minutes of senate testimony (available on YouTube), Rogers spoke of the need for social and emotional education that public television like his show provided. The initially impatient chairman of the subcommittee, John O.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2011
I am so glad to see that Mr. Roger's Neighborhood is available again. I had looked forward, for years, to sharing his show with my children and was upset to learn that PBS had discontinued airing the program. I will be purchasing Amazon Prime just for access to the show. I am so grateful to Amazon for bringing back this classic-timeless show of gentle words, kindness and positive moral lessons which are not reflected in any other show I have found on Television these days. Thank you, once again, Amazon. To any who are interested, this is a link to Fred Roger's testimony before the US Congress that planned on cutting PBS Funding in half. His 7 min. testimony saved PBS. It needs to be heard again! [...]
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SilverArrow on February 23, 2011
Why can't we find something, anything, like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood today?? Anyone who has kids of the appropriate age group (3-7ish) should have them sit down and watch a few episodes....this is children's television at its best!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A grateful reader on December 26, 2010
I'm thrilled that these old episodes of Mr Rogers' Neighborhood are available. What I like about the packaging of these volumes is that they include sets of five sequential shows (shows that originally aired Monday through Friday). This is important because it means that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe episodes for each five-show sequence are consecutive and reach a resolution. I watch the shows with my four-year-old daughter on the computer (playing them directly from the Amazon library) and have been pleased with the audio and video quality. These shows are beautiful; my daughter is captivated by them and I am inspired by Fred Rogers' gentle and loving demeanor. I hope that more episodes from each season are made available in the future. These shows are a grace.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By chromaspace on March 28, 2011
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this black and white episode is a piece of history. i let my kids watch as much mister rogers as they want because i know of no better parent. beautiful man.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Boudreau on December 2, 2010
Finally! I've been waiting forever ( it's very, very, very hard to wait!)for past episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood to be made available. Just when the world, children in particular, need Mr. Rogers the most, some PBS stations are playing less & less. Fred Rogers' lessons on life, humanity & growing up are more important today than ever. This is a great way to keep the Fred Rogers legacy alive. I'm hoping that DVD sets will be made available soon as this is quite a collectable item. As a side note, for those "Handyman" Joe Negri fans, he's doing well as a living Jazz Guitar legend and teaching music at U-Pitt. Get news & great CD's at joenegri.com/. Thanks again to Family Communications/Fred Rogers Co. and Amazon.com!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oy on February 22, 2011
Years ago, after Denver PBS offhandedly without so much as a gold watch yanked this show in favor of Barney the Dinosaur, I tried to find a good source, but other than a few episodes on dvd this bonafide classic wasn't available. My kids grew up on it -- first thing in the morning I used to pick them up out of bed and carry them downstairs and set them on the couch so they could wake up to Rogers's sane loving for-real voice and regard.

If you wonder what all the fuss is about, read this 1998 Esquire profile of Fred Rogers: do a browser search for Mister Rogers Esquire article Tom Junod. Trust me, just do it. Then rent an episode or two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Garland on June 8, 2012
Symphony of Science posted a video remix untitled Garden of Your Mind yesterday. When I saw the video it had a few hundred views. In the one day since it has 703,797 and counting. I made a comment on my Facebook wall about how a Blu-ray collection would sell like hotcakes. And then I remembered... Amazon Instant Video may have the titles.

Last night at dinner I showed the remixed video to my kids. (ages 9,6 and 4) They loved it but had no reference. :-( After dinner we did our nightly routine but this time i fired up the x-box and signed in to my Prime account and did a search for Mister Rogers Neighborhood. We were in luck. the first 7 titles were available. We watched the first episode ever my 4 and 6 year old kids were in a trance with smiles and giggles. They wondered why the picture was in black and white. I then got to tell them that TV is a relatively a new invention and color TV is even newer.

The show dealt with change, as magic is used to rearrange the neighborhood of make-believe. We happen to be moving so the subject was spot on. I plan to make this a new ritual. To watch Mister Rogers Neighborhood after story (reading time) the video is also very good.[...]

Thank you PBS for licensing the video to stream. Thanks for making it free to Prime users Amazon! :-)
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