"Mister Rogers Talks About Conflict" (found episode arc from children's TV series; 1983)

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Mr. Rogers and King Friday

Status: Found

Date found: 09 Apr '17

Found by: Snowpeck and TROG SLEEP NOW

The fourteenth season of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood debuted in November 1983 with a five-episode arc titled "Conflict", a direct response to the ABC telefilm The Day After, which featured graphic nuclear-war imagery. This arc focused on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where they almost go to war by jumping to conclusions. Due to both the episodes and news of the time involving war, the arc was pulled from regular rotation on April 5, 1996.[1]

The arc stayed out of the public eye until March 20, 2017, when YouTube user TROG SLEEP NOW uploaded the first two episodes online. Shortly after, on April 9, 2017, the entire arc was uploaded to private torrent tracker MySpleen by contributor Snowpeck,[2] marking the first time it has been widely available in full since 1996. Said upload has since been mirrored elsewhere, including a re-upload to the Internet Archive by staff member Jason "Sketchcow" Scott as part of The VHS Vault.[3]

Episode Synopses

  1. Mr. Rogers goes to see a toy bank collection, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe wants to buy a record player for their school, but King Friday finds out that Corny is making parts for Southwood.[1][4]
  2. Mr. Rogers visits the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to see how coins are made. But in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, however, King Friday jumps to the conclusion that Southwood is making bombs.[1][4]
  3. Mr. Rogers demonstrates a Brailler then visits a cave to see the petroglyphs of an earlier civilization. Meanwhile, Lady Elaine in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe wants to prove Southwood is peaceful. [1][4]
  4. Mr. Rogers makes marbles, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe sends a peacekeeper to Southwood and finds out they are just making a bridge.[1][4]
  5. Mr. Rogers shows how record players are made and Neighborhood of Make-Believe has a peace festival and it prompts Keith David to help the school at Someplace Else.[1][4]




A mirror of the first 2 episodes uploaded by TROG SLEEP NOW.