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Mister Rogers: It's You I Like

Yo-Yo Ma (right) and Nicholas (center) with Fred Rogers (left). Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas appeared on MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD.
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Yo-Yo Ma (right) and Nicholas (center) with Fred Rogers (left). Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas appeared on MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD.

Airs Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Star-Studded One-Hour Special Hosted by Michael Keaton is a Heartfelt Tribute to the Beloved Children’s Television Series That Turns 50 This Year

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"Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like," a celebrity-filled, hour-long special that premiered on PBS in 2018, celebrates MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, the pioneering PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond.

Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new production, which pays tribute to television’s longest-running children’s series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today.

The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.”

Give $25/month or $300 now and get the combo package including the “Mister Rogers: It's You I Like” DVD; “Mister Roger's Neighborhood: It's A Beautiful Day” 4-DVD set; "Mister Rogers Making Mistakes" DVD; Mister Rogers color changing sweater mug; and hardback book of "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – A Visual History." This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport. The color-changing mug only is at the $120 level.
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Give $25/month or $300 now and get the combo package including the “Mister Rogers: It's You I Like” DVD; “Mister Roger's Neighborhood: It's A Beautiful Day” 4-DVD set; "Mister Rogers Making Mistakes" DVD; Mister Rogers color changing sweater mug; and hardback book of "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – A Visual History." This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport. The color-changing mug only is at the $120 level.

Michael Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s, hosts the special.

Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, while Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”), David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) and Joanne Rogers, Fred’s widow, share their personal stories.

Also featured are performances from the archives by Tony Bennett, the Empire Brass Quintet, Hillary Hahn, Margaret Hamilton, Yo-Yo Ma and Nicholas, Wynton Marsalis and Perlman.

The nearly 900 episodes created by Fred Rogers encompass topics that resonate to this day with adults and children alike.

Favorite segments, such as a visit with Koko the Gorilla, Big Bird’s appearance in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as well as trips to the Crayola Factory and the Radio Flyer Wagon Company, are highlighted. 

MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD | 50th Anniversary

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Credits:

Produced by JoAnn Young ("JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala," "Oscar Hammerstein: Out of My Dreams") and John Paulson ("JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala" and "A Raisin in the Sun Revisited"). Ellen Doherty and Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company are executive producers.

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