Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 50th Anniversary


Honoring 50 years of Mister Rogers and his legacy on public tv

Detroit Public Television celebrates educational television pioneer Fred Rogers and the 50th anniversary of his classic children’s series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with on-air and local community events in March.

To further commemorate the occasion, Detroit Public Television also aired a week-long event beginning on Monday, February 26. On each day, an episode of animated spinoff series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” was paired with the episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” that inspired it.

“Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” 

Premiered March 3, 2018. Repeated June 3 at 4pm ET

DPTV honors Rogers’ legacy with the on-air tribute “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” on WTVS channel 56 March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Narrated by Michael Keaton, the hour and a half long program features celebrity admirers of Rogers including Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, John Lithgow and Esperanza Spalding discussing how the show inspired them. The special PBS broadcast also features former cast members from the show, as well as musicians Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, plus Rogers’ widow Joanne. Learn More >

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

mrn_sweater_drive_2017_color_stacked_50yrs_FINAL.jpg To illustrate Rogers’ message of being a good neighbor, DPTV and Oakland Mall held a sweater drive and character meet and greet Friday, March 2, 2018 at Oakland Mall. Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was also on hand to meet and take photos with fans of the show.

Those who attended brought a sweater to donate to those who can’t afford them and need to keep warm this cold season. Donations were received and distributed by St. Vincent de Paul.

As Rogers himself reminded, “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors — in our own way, everyone is a giver and a receiver.” See photos from the event > 

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