Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, also known as Mister Rogers, is an American children's television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. It ran from 1968 to 2001.

Mr. Rogers[edit]

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood.

General quotes from the Neighborhood Of Make-Believe[edit]

  • King Friday: "(Name of visitor), I presume?" / Visitor: "Correct as usual/always, Your Majesty/King Friday."
  • X The Owl: "How in the world are ya?"
  • Lady Elaine: "TOOT TOOT!" (Her signature goodbye)
  • Harriet Elizabeth Cow: "I'll say."
  • Henrietta Pussycat: "(Whatever the quote is, insert two or three "meow's" in between every few words)"

Other quotes[edit]

  • Rogers: (from #1066) Mr. Trow is a real friend of mine, and he's got a workshop, it's not far from here, where he makes these beautiful things. Sometimes I pretend, though, that he's in the Neighborhood of Make Believe. You know Robert Troll? (Speaks troll talk) You know, he talks like that. Well, I just wondered if you'd like to meet the real Mr. Trow. Yeah, he is a real man. And he talks just the way you and I do. His other talks is pretend. Why don't you and I go to visit him today? All right?


  • Rogers: (closing lines from #1540) One wonderful way of showing that you love people is being able to accept the food they give you. If you really like it and you can tell them so, that can give them a very, very good feeling. I think of these television visits as my way of giving to you. I'm glad that you like to be with us. Bye-bye."


  • Queen Sara: I must say it was quite a start at first. I was out on my back balcony looking for birds, when all of a sudden I noticed this large creature. (from #1469)


Quotes from #1556

(trolley enters the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, when Lady Elaine stops it)

  • Lady Elaine: Okay, Trolley, stop. Very good. Now, stay right there. I have something for you. (chuckles)
  • Trolley: (Toot! Toot! Toot! Toot! Ding! Ding!)

(Lady Elaine brings up a car cover and puts it on top of trolley)

  • Trolley: (Toot! Toot! Toot! Toot! Ding! Ding! Toot!)
  • Lady Elaine: (chuckles)
  • Trolley: (Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Toot!)
  • Lady Elaine: (chuckles) Just exactly what I wanted.
  • Trolley: (Ding! Ding! Toot!)
  • Lady Elaine: There now, Trolley. Don't say I never did anything wonderful for you.
  • Trolley: (Toot! Toot! Ding! Toot! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!)
  • Lady Elaine: No. Nobody will ever have to know. I made the whole thing up myself. Off you go.

(trolley leaves)


Quotes from #1487

(trolley enters the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, when King Friday stops it)

  • King Friday: Halt! Trolley, stop your movement. Uh, ding three times and Lady Aberlin will be here with something for you.
  • Trolley: (Ding! Ding! Ding!)
  • King Friday: Very good. (Lady Aberlin arrives with "No play allowed" signs) Lady Aberlin, I presume?
  • Lady Aberlin: Correct as usual, Uncle Friday.
  • King Friday: You have the signs?
  • Lady Aberlin: I have them. I don't approve of what they say, but I have them.
  • King Friday: Uh, I will not have other people hurt in this neighborhood.
  • Lady Aberlin: But Uncle Friday, stopping is no way to people from getting hurt.
  • King Friday: It is one way. You may outfit the Trolley.
  • Lady Aberlin: Oh, all right. (puts a small "No play allowed" sign on top of trolley)
  • Trolley: (Toot! Toot! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!)
  • Lady Aberlin: It says "No play allowed".
  • King Friday: And that means nobody is to play anything in this neighborhood, Trolley.
  • Trolley: (Toot! Ding! Ding!)
  • King Friday: Yes, that includes you. No fancy playful riding. You understand?
  • Trolley: (as it leaves) (Toot! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!)
  • King Friday: And none of that back and fourth riding, just to make a point.

  • Lady Elaine: Come and see what all is done. Come and see what all you've made.
  • Lady Aberlin: Why, Lady Elaine, did you build that block building?
  • Lady Elaine: Mm-hmm. Of course. Isn't it great?
  • Lady Aberlin: It is great.
  • Lady Elaine: Mm-hmm.
  • Lady Aberlin: But you're not allowed.
  • Lady Elaine: What do you mean? This is my Museum-Go-Round and I do what I want to do here.
  • Lady Aberlin: (shows the "No play allowed" sign) "No play allowed".
  • Lady Elaine: So? Put it in the street. People aren't allowed to play in the streets.
  • Lady Aberlin: But Lady Elaine, ever sense Bob Dog had his accident, Uncle Friday says that people aren't allowed to play anywhere in this neighborhood.
  • Lady Elaine: You've got to be kidding.
  • Lady Aberlin: (shows the "No play allowed" sign again) "No play allowed".
  • Lady Elaine: Well, I'm going to see about this. Boomerang-toomerang-soomerang! (disappears)
  • Lady Aberlin: Where are you, Lady Elaine?!
  • Lady Elaine: I'm at the castle, toots. (Lady Aberlin goes to the castle) Now, just see. Get out here, Friday! (King Friday arrives) I need to speak with you.
  • King Friday: What's going on here?!
  • Lady Elaine: I don't like your new rule.
  • King Friday: It's for everyone's safety.
  • Lady Elaine: You can't just cut out play. Practically everything in my Museum-Go-Round is play and I'm not going to cut it out.
  • King Friday: No play allowed in this neighborhood.
  • Lady Elaine: You sure about that?
  • King Friday: Absolutely sure.
  • Lady Elaine: Well, then, I'm leaving.
  • King Friday: What do you mean, Fairchilde?!
  • Lady Elaine: I mean, I can't live where there's no play!
  • Lady Aberlin: You mean you're just going to take off?
  • Lady Elaine: I'm leaving! Museum-Go-Round and all. If you ever have play again here, I may be back. Toot toot! (disappears)
  • King Friday: She felt very strongly about that.
  • Lady Aberlin: Yes. I'll go try and talk with her some more.
  • King Friday: Yes, you are excused.
  • Lady Aberlin: Thanks, Uncle Friday. (goes back to the Museum-Go-Round) Where are you going?
  • Lady Elaine: I'm not sure, but I'm going.
  • Lady Aberlin: Well, you can't just pick up and leave in two minutes like that!
  • Lady Elaine: That's what you think. I do not stay in a neighborhood where there is no play! Boomerang-toomerang-soomerang! (disappears along with the Museum-Go-Round)
  • Lady Aberlin: Oh, she really did go! Where do you suppose she's gone? (sees a "No play, no stay" sign) What's this? What does this say? "No play, no stay". Oh, Lady Elaine Fairchilde! Lady Elaine, where are you?!


Quotes from #1486

  • King Friday: I'm going to see that there are no further accidents here. I now make a new rule: there will be no more *play* in this neighborhood of Make Believe.
  • Mr. McFeely and Handyman Negri: No more play?!
  • Handyman Negri: King Friday, I mean--
  • King Friday: No more play. Nobody may play *anything* *any more*.
  • Queen Sara: Oh, but Friday, that would be just impossible.
  • King Friday: I will not have any more foolishness causing accidents. Is that understood?
  • Mr. McFeely and Handyman Negri: Yes, King Friday.
  • King Friday: And is it understood that there will be *no more* play in this neighborhood?
  • Mr. McFeely and Handyman Negri: Yes, sire.
  • Queen Sara: We'll talk more about that anon.
  • Handyman Negri: In the meantime, I think we should get over to the hospital.
  • King Friday: You may exit, but remember the rule.
  • Handyman Negri: Yeah. Yes, yes, sire.
  • Queen Sara: Well, of course your sorry, dear. We'll work everything out.
  • King Friday: You won't change my mind.
  • Mr. McFeely: Well, here we go to the dog hospital.
  • King Friday: Remember, no more play!
  • Handyman Negri: Yes. Yes, King Friday.

(trolley comes by)

  • Queen Sara: Why, Friday, that's just impossible that--
  • King Friday: Uh, not so playful with your running, Trolley!
  • Trolley: (Ding! Toot! Toot! Toot!)
  • King Friday: No more play in this neighborhood.


Quotes for part of the "Windstorm in Bubbleland" Opera (#1475)

  • Robert Redgate: That's the good news, and now for the very good news. (fanfare plays) The National Bubble Chemical Company has today announced its newest environmentally safe propellant product, Spray Sweater. The ultimate protection for your precious bubbles. Until today, we've always had to knit or buy old fashioned, regular sweaters to protect our bubbles. But now, Spray Sweater makes it easy for everyone. All you have to do is put those Spray Sweaters around your favorite bubbles and they'll be safe. Spray Sweater, the absolute ultimate in bubble protection.
  • Lady Aberlin: (singing)
It's a fraud
It's a fraud
There's nothing in this can but just plain air
There's no way that a sweater could come from there
It's a fraud
I tell you, it's a fraud!
  • Robert Redgate: What's going on?
  • Lady Aberlin: The chemical folks pulled the wool over you. Let me show you. (sprays a can of Spray Sweater; nothing but air escapes) You see?
  • Robert Redgate: This is highly irregular.


Jay O'Callahan: (telling a story from #1471) They tried to get him out but they couldn't get him out because the king said it was trouble. And then the king knealt and smiled his leer of a smile. He had 3 brave knights who could do anything. He said, "Knight number 1, get me out of the trouble". It was then that the first knight came forward. He was the Great Black Knight with the magnificent lance. As he rode forward, there was trouble in the bubble, because what if he stabbed the bubble and hit the king in the neck? Then there was trouble, trouble, trouble. But the king said, "Come on!" So the knight rode towards it as hard as he could and stabbed the bubble... And the lance flew into the air. Now there was trouble in the bubble, because the king was still in the bubble, and you can't rule a kingdom from a bubble. Trouble, trouble, trouble. "Knight number 2!" And the second knight came forward. He was the Green Knight. His hair was green, his eyes were green, his very teeth were green. But you only noticed his sword. It was so sharp, it cut the wind and made it bleed. And so there was trouble. What if he took the king's head off? But the king said, "Come on!" And so the Green Knight sliced at the bubble and the sword flew into the air. Now there was trouble in the bubble, because the king was still in the bubble and you can't rule a kingdom from a bubble. Trouble, trouble, trouble! "Knight number 3!" "Hooray!" They cheered for the third knight as he stepped forward. He was enormous, he was the Red Knight. He dressed in red and fought only with a golden chain. They had seen him defeat armies with that chain. So there was trouble, for what if he smashed the bubble and hit the king? But the king said, "Come on!" So the Red Knight lifted the mighty chain and he did SMITE the bubble. The chain hit it and bounced off. Now there was trouble in the bubble, because the king was still in the bubble, and you can't rule a kingdom from a bubble. Trouble, trouble, trouble. It was then they all saw the 3 year-old girl up on the hill. And the girl ran all the way down and came over to the bubble. "Oh, what a beautiful bubble". Her father said, "Oh no, my daughter, its not a bubble, its trouble." "Oh no, father, its just a beautiful bubble". "It's not a bubble, its trouble. The king says so". "Father, its just a bubble. If you treat it like a bubble, it acts like a bubble. Watch," and the little girl reached out so slowly and finally, she pinched the bubble and it popped. "See? Treat it like a bubble and it acts like a bubble." And that's the story of the bubble that really wasn't trouble, it was only a bubble. Ha!


(from #1505 "Spoon Mountain" Opera)

Wicked Knife & Fork: (singing) Time's up!

Prince Extraordinary: But we found the kitty

Wicked Knife & Fork:

Too late, too late
Too late, too late
Too late, too late
Too late, late, late
Too late, too late
Too late, too late--

Prince Extraordinary: Now, just simply wait Wicked Knife & Fork

Wicked Knife & Fork: What for?

Prince Extraordinary: (singing) Let's communicate

Wicked Knife & Fork: What about?

Prince Extraordinary: (singing) What is that you want?

Wicked Knife & Fork:

Well, all I want to tie you up
And then I'll have all 3 of you!

Prince Extraordinary: (singing) Look, look, Wicked Knife & Fork is crying.

Betty Green: (singing) What makes you cry, Wicked Knife & Fork?

Wicked Knife & Fork:

All I ever wanted was a spoon, a spoon
A spoon was all I ever wanted
But all they ever gave me was a knife and fork
They even called me Wicked Knife & Fork
And even though I hated all those knives and forks
I was scared to death of all those knives and forks
They never gave me a spoon, a spoon
They never gave me a spoon
And so I grew to become a shrew
And try to undo everything that was true
But all I ever wanted was a spoon, a spoon
A spoon was all I ever wanted
And now I'll never get one

Prince Extraordinary: Who says you won't?

Wicked Knife & Fork: What do you mean?

Prince Extraordinary:

Let's take your knives to the castle
Where there's a spoon making machine
We'll melt your forks at the castle
We'll give you twelve or eighteen

Wicked Knife & Fork: Eighteen spoons?

Prince Extraordinary: As many as you want

Wicked Knife & Fork: Why didn't I meet you years ago?

Betty Green: That's what I keep wondering too

(from Episode #1076)
  • Rogers: They made a regular game out it didn't they. Sometimes when you hear certain kinds of music you feel you just have to move. And that was a kind of-- Oh, boy, did I like that. Dancing around like that. One time I met one of those people and he said that they had practiced for 10 years to do dances like that. 10 years. Isn't that wonderful? That they care enough to do that? You know, there are times when you feel like dancing, but you're supposed to sit still or at least sit down. I wonder if we couldn't make up a... Sitting kind of a dance. Because sometimes you have such a good feeling, you feel you have to move a little bit.

(singing)

It's such a good feeling to know you're alive
It's such a happy feeling/You're growing inside
And when you wake up ready to say
I think I'll grow 12 inches today
It's such a good feeling, A very good feeling
The feeling you know you're alive.

Now, you try. Try making up a dance; O.K., while you hear the music. But stay sitting. Stay sitting. Sure, you could even tap your feet. Good for you. Anything. That's it. (clapping to music) Good. (continutes clapping)

...feeling to know you're in tune
It's such a happy feeling to find you're in bloom
And when you wake up ready to say
I think I'll grow 12 inches today
It's such a good feeling, a very good feeling
The feeling you know that you're alive.

Mm-hmm. It's a good feeling to be with you. It surely is. You know, at night when I go to bed, I think, "Tomorrow, I'll get to visit with him again". Mm-hmm. I do. I like you. And we will. (singing)

Tomorrow, Tomorrow
We'll start the day tomorrow with a song or 2
1, 2
Tomorrow, Tomorrow
We'll start the day tomorrow with a smile for you
Til then I hope you're feeling happy
Til then I hope your day is Snappy
Tomorrow, Tomorrow
It soon will be tomorrow and will be our day
We will say, a very happy tomorrow to you.

Well, I'll go with my shiny shoes and be thinking of you. You always make it special for me by just your being you. I like you just the way you are. You know that, don't you? See you tomorrow. Good-bye. (exits)

Announcer: (at the end of shows, 1968-1970) "Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations."

Announcer: (at the end of #1131-1195 when the graphic title appears) "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is made possible by grants from the Sears-Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."


Closing from Episode #1460 (final pre-79 episode)

  • Rogers: I like to remember those special times in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. And I like to remember the times right here in this television house. Sometimes remembering is like play, like playing the same thing over again. It isn’t enough to play something only once, is it? No, I don’t think so. I know a little boy who wanted to play fireman for a long time over and over again. He didn't want to get his friends to play it with him. There was so much he wanted to understand about fireman and what he felt about them. He even thought when he grew up, he wanted to be a fireman. You know, you can plan what you would like to do tomorrow, or when you’re bigger, or even what you’d like to be when you get grown-up, the way we imagine what Tad might be when he gets grown-up. That’s why, your play is so important. Sure. As you play, you’re planning your own future. It’s very important. Sure it is.

(singing)

It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive
It’s a such happy feeling
You’re growing inside
And when you wake up ready to say
I think I’ll make a snappy new day

(snaps his fingers twice)

It’s such a good feeling
A very good feeling
The feeling you know that I’ll be back
When the day is new (week for Friday episodes)
And I’ll have more ideas for you
And you’ll have things you’ll want to talk about
I will, too.

You always make each day a special day and a special week (for Friday episodes)) for me, and you know how: By just your being you/yourself. There’s only 1 person in this whole world like you; that’s you yourself, and people can like you just/exactly the way you are. I'll be back next time. Bye-bye!

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