If your little one is obsessed with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, you're in for quite a treat from PBS. Fifty years ago, on February 19, 1968, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered on public television, and to celebrate the show's anniversary, PBS Kids will be airing forever a whole week of back-to-back, "double-feature" episodes of Daniel Tiger and the episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that inspired them. So cool!
The special programming will begin on Monday, February 26, and according to FredRogers.org, episodes will include:
February 26: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel’s Fish Dies/Daniel’s Strawberry Seeds” (NEW) and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Death of a Goldfish”
February 27: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “The Tiger Family Grows/Daniel Learns About Being a Big Brother” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Families”
February 28: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Visiting Grandpere/The Tiger Family Goes Home” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Grandparents”
March 1: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Friends Help Each Other/Daniel Helps O Tell a Story” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Friends”
March 2: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel Gets Mad/Katerina Gets Mad” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Mad Feelings”
You can check your local PBS' listings for exact air times.
In addition, on March 6, Michael Keaton will host a special called Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like. Keaton worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970. The special will feature 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 all sharing their favorite memories from the series.
Sounds like the perfect way for families everywhere to celebrate the time-honored children's series -- and sneak in some love for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, too.