Mister Rogers' Neighborhood "Mister Rogers Talks About Conflict" (found episode arc of PBS children's educational series; 1983)
The fourteenth season of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood debuted in November 1983 with a five-episode arc titled "Mister Rogers Talks About Conflict." Based on the timing of the original airing, many assume the arc was made as a direct response to the ABC telefilm The Day After, which featured graphic nuclear-war imagery. While that was not initially the case, the arc is regarded as a response to the popular media portrayals of a nuclear war that were made around the same time. 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 5th, 1996.
Finding[edit | edit source]
On March 20th, 2017, YouTuber TROG SLEEP NOW uploaded the first two episodes online. Shortly after, on April 9th, 2017, the entire arc was uploaded to private torrent tracker MySpleen by contributor Snowpeck, 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.
Restoration[edit | edit source]
On November 24th, 2018, Lost Media Wiki user YoshiKiller2S finished a restoration on the entire conflict arc and uploaded it to MySpleen and the Internet Archive. The restoration fixed a lot of problems with the original upload like tweaking the saturation, deinterlacing and fixing the audio for some episodes.
Episode Synopses[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mr. Rogers makes marbles, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe sends a peacekeeper to Southwood and finds out they are just making a bridge.
- 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.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Screenshots[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood[edit | edit source]
- Christmastime with Mister Rogers (lost holiday TV special; 1977)
- Misterogers (partially found Canadian precursor to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" children's educational TV series; 1961-1967)
Bumpers[edit | edit source]
- Bookworm Bunch (partially found interstitials from PBS Kids channel block; 2000-2001)
- PBS Kids (partially lost schedule bumpers and interstitial material of children's channel block; 1999-present)
- Someday School (partially found PBS Kids channel block; 1998-2000)
PBS[edit | edit source]
- Lamb Chop's Play-Along (partially lost PBS children's puppet series; 1992)
- The Puzzle Place (partially found PBS puppet series; 1994-1998)
- Reading Rainbow (found Johnny Kemp opening sequence for PBS children's television series; 1999)
- Storytime (found PBS children's reading series; 1992-1998)
- Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? "Auld Lang Gone" (non-existent episode of PBS children's game show; 1992)
- Zoom (partially found pilot of revival of 1972 PBS children's series; 1997)
- Zoom (partially found revival of 1972 PBS children's series; 1999-2005)
PBS Kids[edit | edit source]
- The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (partially lost PBS Kids "Lamb Chop's Play-Along" spin-off series; 1998-1999)
- Curious George (lost test pilot of PBS Kids animated series based on books; existence unconfirmed; 2004/2005)
- Cyberchase: The Poddleville Case (found pilot of PBS Kids animated educational series; 1999)
- Dragon Tales "One Small Step for Cassie" and "Circle of Friends" (lost pilots of PBS Kids animated series; 1999)
- The Good Night Show with Melanie/Leo (partially found PBS Kids Sprout series; 2005-2006)
- The Good Night Show with Nina & Star (partially found PBS Kids Sprout series; 2006-2017)
- Kratts' Creatures (found PBS children's educational series; 1996)
- Molly of Denali (partially found unaired pilot of PBS Kids animated series; 2018)
- Nature Cat (lost pilot of PBS Kids educational animated series; early 2010s)
- Preschool Musical... On a Stick (partially lost PBS Kids Sprout "High School Musical" parody; 2008)
- Space Race (partially found PBS Kids web series; 2011)
- What's The Big Idea? (lost original pilot of "Sid The Science Kid" PBS Kids CGI animated series; 2007)
- WordWorld (lost 2D/live-action test pilot of PBS Kids CGI animated educational series; existence unconfirmed; 2005)
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia page listing of Season 14 episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
- The entire week uploaded to Myspleen.
- The restoration of the entire week uploaded to MySpleen.
References[edit | edit source]
- Daily Beast article on the episode arc's resurface. Retrieved 03 Oct '20
- Mental Floss article on the episode arc. Retrieved 03 Oct '20
- YoshiKiller's restoration of the arc. Retrieved 21 Mar '22