Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, also known as Mister Rogers, is an American children's television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was produced by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA public broadcaster WQED and Rogers' non-profit production company Family Communications, Inc.[1] (named Small World Enterprises prior to 1971). It is the second longest running series on PBS, after Sesame Street. The series could be seen in reruns on most PBS stations until August 29, 2008, when it was removed by PBS from their daily syndicated schedule along with Reading Rainbow, Boohbah, and Teletubbies. A number of stations have chosen to continue airing it independently of the PBS feed.

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History

The series had its genesis in 1954, when WQED debuted The Children's Corner, a program featuring Rogers as puppeteer and Josie Carey as host, in an unscripted live television program. It was this program where many of the puppets, characters and music used in the later series was developed, such as King Friday XIII, and Curious X the Owl. It was also then when Rogers began wearing his famous sneakers when he found them to be quieter than his work shoes when he moved about behind the set. The show won a Sylvania Award[2] for best children's show, and was briefly broadcast nationally on NBC. Rogers, moved to Toronto, Canada in 1962 to work on a new series based on The Children's Corner, called Misterogers, a 15-minute program on CBC Television.

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