5 Reasons Adults Should Watch Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

The child of hippie parents, I wasn’t permitted to watch much television as a kid. Shows on PBS were the rare exception. I loved shows like Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and still do to this day. They were some of the few television shows that were designed to turn you into a compassionate thinker, rather than an oatmeal-brained consumer.

Now that I’m older, I’ve realized that Mr. Rogers was a special gem, even among the PBS lineup. Host Fred Rogers was a reassuring voice to millions of children for over 45 years.  He helped children to cope through difficult situations and taught them to embrace a world of wonder.

Aimed at the tender demographic of 2 – 5 year-olds, Mr. Rogers skipped the baby talk and swirling colors that dominate children’s programming today. Instead, he focused on lessons that are essential for a happy life: self-love, confidence, patience, tolerance, and optimism. Come to think of it, I know more than a few adults that could stand to be reminded of these simple lessons. Maybe if more adults watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, we’d be less interested in warring with each other and destroying the planet.

Scroll through the inforgraphic below to examine the Five Everlasting Lessons of Mister Rogers…and if you watched the show as a child, or watch it today with your own children, feel free to share your favorite moments in the comments section below.

Mister Rogers
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99 comments

Magdalena J.
Alice L.1 years ago

Thank you!

Dave C.
Dave C.2 years ago

I love(d) Mr. Rogers...very comforting to watch in the days and weeks post-9/11.....I also love the Arthur Mr. Rogers episode....you can find it on You Tube....

Vicky P.
Vicky P.2 years ago

thanks

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

He was an amazing man. I respect him and his legacy so much.

Carol P.
Carol P.2 years ago

Considering that there were only about four channels to choose from at the time, of course we were stuck watching Mr. Rogers, well past the age of 5 no less, because parents back then were actually paying attention the the quantity and quality of the programming their children were exposed to.

I always found him to be a little hokey, even when I was still in the right age group, and I've never been a fan of slow talkers, but I did dig the models in the land of make believe.

Autumn S.
Autumn Away S.2 years ago

I watched both Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street with my daughter, much to learn if you center on them, especially with your child.

Mike Wilkinson
Mike Wilkinson2 years ago

always thought it was a trippy show, it is indeed always ''a wonderful day in the neighborhood''.....I even enjoyed sesame street........the little ''calvin and hobbes '' in me knew growing up was for everyone else.....

Sandi C.
Sandi C.2 years ago

have watched him.

Jim N.
James N.2 years ago

I never really saw the show. The shows I liked as a kid were Shazam (beat up the bad guys), cowboy shows (shoot everyone different than you), Run Joe Run (teach your dog to be so afraid of everyone that he's afraid of you), and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (something about sea monsters and caves). I think I just realized why I'm so screwed up.

Kaileen Reynolds
Kaileen Reynolds2 years ago

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.