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(Onion AV Club)   Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is the greatest TV show ever   (avclub.com) divider line 61
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2013-02-03 02:45:27 PM  
'Tis.
 
2013-02-03 03:19:30 PM  
Wrong. The best show ever was The Rockford Files.
 
2013-02-03 03:37:07 PM  
Yes, yes it is.

//Born on Friday the 13th.  Did not feel good about it until I saw that particular episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
///Mr. R. is cool. Everyone else is just a wannabe.
////Except Dizzy Gillespie.
 
2013-02-03 04:16:55 PM  
FTFA:  Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is utterly unlike any other program in television history, from any country.

TFA is making this statement rather blindly, and I doubt without actually researching productions from other countries, or the history of MRN itself.  He's clearly unaware of some of Fred Rogers' CBC contemporaries, such as Ernie Coombs' Mr Dressup or Bob Homme's Friendly Giant.

Coombs was Rogers' understudy, and it was when they both arrived at the CBC in the early-mid '60's that much of what this author finds admirable about MRN was developed.  That was on a program called Butternut Square that I used to watch as a kid.  Both the Mr Rogers and Mr Dressup characters were developed at that time.

/A little perspective
 
2013-02-03 05:16:51 PM  
There are reasons that the show was influential
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(Pact with Satan)
 
2013-02-03 05:17:53 PM  
Um, that was supposed to read Pact with Sammy Davis Jr.
 
2013-02-03 05:20:13 PM  
I grew up watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and to this day just thinking about that kind, dear, sweet man of my childhood makes me happy. It's not his fault I can be a cynical biatch now.
 
2013-02-03 06:04:10 PM  
Lady Elaine Fairchilde made that show. She was pure evil, the turd in the sugar bowl of that show.
 
2013-02-03 06:18:28 PM  
Wrong subby.
Stargate SG1 was the best show EVER!
 
2013-02-03 06:36:09 PM  
eclectikrelaxation.com

Kill my landlord, kill my landlord...
 
2013-02-03 07:02:59 PM  
The finale was lacking.
 
2013-02-03 07:12:44 PM  
www.tvofyourlife.com
 
2013-02-03 07:33:50 PM  
I guess I'm the only one that found him creepy. As a kid, I thought he'd had some kind of head injury or maybe he was "slow" due to the way he spoke. The land of make believe with those Punch and Judy type characters made me just loathe the entire thing.
 
2013-02-03 07:45:41 PM  
Well what do you expect from a host that used to be a Marine Core sniper?

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2013-02-03 07:51:14 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: Well what do you expect from a host that used to be a Marine Core sniper?

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http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mrrogers.asp
 
2013-02-03 08:06:23 PM  

nburghmatt: Tsar_Bomba1: Well what do you expect from a host that used to be a Marine Core sniper?

[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x409]

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mrrogers.asp


Hey, he, Captain Kangaroo and Buffalo Bob were actually military spies posing as Navy Seals posing as psychiatrists posting as medical officers posing as snipers posing as USO workers.

Everyone knows that.  In fact, during the Korean war, Mr. Rogers was photographed without his knowledge. This appears to be the only photo in existence of his spy years.
www.wearysloth.com
 
2013-02-03 08:45:35 PM  
Okay, that was awesome.  I remember watching Mr. Rogers as a wee lad.  He was the most normal and reassuring part of my childhood.

Super stoked I found the DVD's.  Ordered them now.  Somewhat ashamed I'd forgotten how great that program was.  My two-year-old will absolutely love the show.

/Although Mrs. m053486 and I work to ensure that a TV show won't be the most normal and reassuring part of our little one's childhood.
 
2013-02-03 08:54:03 PM  
That Joan River's interview had me cringing; why did the audience keep laughing at him? They even laughed when he talked about his mother passing away. Bunch of braindead muppets, the lot of them.
 
2013-02-03 08:58:25 PM  
When I think of the man's message of Grace, but then look around in the present, I feel pretty bad about today's world.

Still, It's Good To Be Curious.
 
2013-02-03 09:12:23 PM  
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mr Rogers represent the best of this country.
 
2013-02-03 09:29:30 PM  
One of the first shows I can remember watching, along with Captain Kangaroo and 321 Contact. I used to watch PBS from the moment I woke up until about noon when my grandmother's soap operas would start. What I wouldn't give to be able to go back to those days.
 
2013-02-03 09:34:58 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Um, that was supposed to read Pact with Sammy Davis Jr.


I thought the guy on the right ran the brotherhood of nod.
 
2013-02-03 09:51:37 PM  

m053486: Okay, that was awesome.  I remember watching Mr. Rogers as a wee lad.  He was the most normal and reassuring part of my childhood.

Super stoked I found the DVD's.  Ordered them now.  Somewhat ashamed I'd forgotten how great that program was.  My two-year-old will absolutely love the show.

/Although Mrs. m053486 and I work to ensure that a TV show won't be the most normal and reassuring part of our little one's childhood.


Yeah, I played the show for my nephew, wondering how it would go over with the I-could-work-an-iPad-before-I-could-talk generation. He loved it. It's meant for really little kids - 5 is probably the outside limit, maybe younger.
 
2013-02-03 09:53:34 PM  

Hand Banana: That Joan River's interview had me cringing; why did the audience keep laughing at him? They even laughed when he talked about his mother passing away. Bunch of braindead muppets, the lot of them.


I saw a video of Letterman talking about one of his scandals from a few years ago. He's talking seriously about how he did a bad thing and he's really sorry, and the audience keeps laughing. It was really strange.
 
2013-02-03 10:16:17 PM  
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2013-02-03 10:30:21 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Wrong subby.
Stargate SG1 was the best show EVER!


People like you killed good sci-fi television shows. Next time you gaze out at the wasteland that is TV listings, i want you to know you are responsible.
 
2013-02-03 10:40:13 PM  
I could've told you that, subby. After I watched his show when I went outside and played with the other kids, I felt a little better about myself. He did wonders for my self esteem.

/got into constant fights over bullying
//them kids got what they deserved
///and so did I
////slashies
 
2013-02-03 10:47:45 PM  
It may be apocryphal, but there's the story of the time when some guys stole Fred Rogers' car. They're going through the glove compartment and see just who the car belonged to.  It was dropped off with a note of apology for having stolen from Mr. Rogers.
 
2013-02-03 11:09:08 PM  

zabadu: Hey, he, Captain Kangaroo and Buffalo Bob were actually military spies posing as Navy Seals posing as psychiatrists posting as medical officers posing as snipers posing as USO workers.


Don't forget Chuck Barris (but that might be true?).
 
2013-02-03 11:22:04 PM  

Skyfrog: One of the first shows I can remember watching, along with Captain Kangaroo and 321 Contact. I used to watch PBS from the moment I woke up until about noon when my grandmother's soap operas would start. What I wouldn't give to be able to go back to those days.


This.  Old-school Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers were great shows.

/Me Claudius
 
2013-02-03 11:27:51 PM  
close second

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2013-02-03 11:51:55 PM  

nburghmatt: Tsar_Bomba1: Well what do you expect from a host that used to be a Marine Core sniper?

[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x409]

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mrrogers.asp


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-04 12:03:51 AM  

jehovahs witness protection: Wrong subby.
Stargate SG1 was the best show EVER!


The Land of Make Believe was actually the homeworld of the Furlings.
 
2013-02-04 12:33:43 AM  
Daniel Tigers Neghborhood is worth checking out if you have little ones. It's the first new thing to come from the Fred Rogers Company in a long time. Well ever.
 
2013-02-04 12:35:28 AM  
No mention of his awesome testimony in front of Congress? The dude earns twenty million dollars for PBS in less than seven minutes. Badass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

Mr. Rogers is definitely an example of a truly good human being. He somehow was able to talk right to kids while never talking down to them. And I had no clue that he was a real life minister until I was well into my adult years. I'm astounded at how well he kept religion off his show.

So, I agree with this article, and it is very well written, but they missed one completely great part of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which was his total and sincere devotion to jazz. Seriously, has any kids show in history featured as much live jazz? Put all those music shop segments on DVD and I'd buy the hell out of it.
 
2013-02-04 12:47:11 AM  

nburghmatt: Tsar_Bomba1: Well what do you expect from a host that used to be a Marine Core sniper?

[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x409]

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mrrogers.asp


Snopes is a tool of the leftist media that wants to neuter this country with Newthink and Newspeak. Why else would they constantly debunk the emails Real Americans forward to one another. They clearly are covering up the proud war record of this Marine so that it does not conflict with their narrative.
 
2013-02-04 12:51:50 AM  

Mad_Radhu: nburghmatt: Tsar_Bomba1: Well what do you expect from a host that used to be a Marine Core sniper?

[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x409]

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mrrogers.asp

Snopes is a tool of the leftist media that wants to neuter this country with Newthink and Newspeak. Why else would they constantly debunk the emails Real Americans forward to one another. They clearly are covering up the proud war record of this Marine so that it does not conflict with their narrative.


That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you dish up a heaping bowl of Poeslaw.
 
2013-02-04 01:02:08 AM  
Read this on Metafilter the other day:
When that Tom Junod article on Mr. Rogers came out in Esquire, I was stationed in Germany. One day in the mess hall (sorry, the dining facility) -- a large-ish cafeteria sort of place, full of professional military men (and a few women) of varying rank, age, background and experience -- one of the guys around the table was reading the article and read us one of the anecdotes. One of the other guys said, in that classic way of the 25-year-old contrarian hipster-would-be, "Man, fark Mr. Rogers!"

You know that scene in bad movies where the entire large room goes dead silent, even though it is not physically possible for everyone to have heard what someone just said? I stopped looking askance at those scenes, because I swear every pair of eyes was glaring at that young lieutenant. He muttered an apology and left. No one said a word until he was gone.

He was reassigned about a year later, and at his unofficial departure party at a bar, he mentioned that no one had said anything about it, at least not to him, in even a joking way (the Army is a lot like a fraternity -- if you commit a faux pas, you will hear about it basically forever). Our response was unanimous: Mr. Rogers wouldn't want us to give you shiat for it.


/Greatest.Mister.Rogers.Anecdote.Ever.
 
2013-02-04 01:04:01 AM  

angrycrank: m053486: Okay, that was awesome.  I remember watching Mr. Rogers as a wee lad.  He was the most normal and reassuring part of my childhood.

Super stoked I found the DVD's.  Ordered them now.  Somewhat ashamed I'd forgotten how great that program was.  My two-year-old will absolutely love the show.

/Although Mrs. m053486 and I work to ensure that a TV show won't be the most normal and reassuring part of our little one's childhood.

Yeah, I played the show for my nephew, wondering how it would go over with the I-could-work-an-iPad-before-I-could-talk generation. He loved it. It's meant for really little kids - 5 is probably the outside limit, maybe younger.


Glad he liked it. I'm going to show it to my 2 year old. He can work the iPod better than my husband and has been able to since he was 1. He adores old school Sesame Street too.
 
2013-02-04 01:22:33 AM  

IgG4: Wrong. The best show ever was The Rockford Files.


Yup
 
2013-02-04 01:24:37 AM  
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2013-02-04 01:36:01 AM  

Hand Banana: That Joan River's interview had me cringing; why did the audience keep laughing at him? They even laughed when he talked about his mother passing away. Bunch of braindead muppets, the lot of them.


I think when people heard him talk in the same cadence with the same sweet disposition on the show they were taken aback and laughed nervously.  But then it continued, even when he was talking about the sweaters his dead mother would knit, he took the time to explain to the knuckleheads why they were laughing.

If you haven't seen it, here he is explaining to Congress why what the CPB does is important.
 
2013-02-04 01:46:31 AM  
I liked coming home from a stressful day of college studies and hearing Fred tell me I was okay just as I was; it was very affirming.
 
2013-02-04 03:17:15 AM  
I realize it wasn't true, but just the idea that underneath the exterior of Mr. Rogers potentially lay the workings of a long range assassin, made me feel safer.
 
2013-02-04 05:53:41 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: Mr. Rogers is definitely an example of a truly good human being. He somehow was able to talk right to kids while never talking down to them. And I had no clue that he was a real life minister until I was well into my adult years. I'm astounded at how well he kept religion off his show.


As an atheist I consider Fred Rogers the best example of a Christian I can think of. He seemed to be someone who used religion to be a better person based upon the teachings of the prophet he followed.

Most Christians? Not so much.
 
2013-02-04 05:56:09 AM  
I certainly wanted a trolly as a little kid.
 
2013-02-04 08:24:10 AM  

CptnSpldng: It may be apocryphal, but there's the story of the time when some guys stole Fred Rogers' car. They're going through the glove compartment and see just who the car belonged to.  It was dropped off with a note of apology for having stolen from Mr. Rogers.


That happened. I was living in his neighborhood at the time.
His wife was cool, too.
They  had a nice pool and let us kids swim in it.
 
2013-02-04 08:28:21 AM  
"You may not know it, but someday you will come to realize that I actually narrated your entire childhood."
www.brinkleys.org
Titty sprinkles
 
2013-02-04 08:36:01 AM  
Man that article really made me feel bad about the cynical person I've become.  Good job onion.

/we could all learn a thing or two from Fred Rogers
 
2013-02-04 10:02:12 AM  
Yes. Yes it is.
 
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