Misterogers (partially found Canadian precursor to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" children's educational TV series; 1961-1967)
In 1960, Fred Rogers was asked by the head of CBC if he was willing to make an educational program for Canadian children. He agreed, and he and his family moved to Toronto, where the show was shot. Models of puppets and a studio were given to Fred, and he made an education show, similar to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood called Misterogers.
A big difference between this program and the others that he had helped made was that he had full control of what he could do with the story in the episodes. According to neigborhoodarchive.com's description of the episodes, they seemed similar in structure to early Mister Rogers' Neighborhood episodes.
The show aired on Canada's CBC from 1961 to 1964, most likely stopped because of the family moving back to America, and aired new episodes in America on WTAE from 1964-1966, and on EEN from 1966 to 1967. The show had 337 episodes, the last episode possibly being unaired.
Screenshots of the show have been shown in the book Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History and details of the production have been shared in interviews and in books. CBC has written an article about the series as well, with pictures. Someone has uploaded a song with silent clips from the show on YouTube. People have tried to contact him with no luck. Episodes are also available for viewing at the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles.
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Christmastime with Mister Rogers (lost holiday TV special; 1977)
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood "Mister Rogers Talks About Conflict" (found episode arc of PBS children's educational series; 1983)
References[edit | edit source]
- CBC article on the Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood precursor show, Misterogers. Retrieved 05 Jun '20