Fred Rogers is one of the most iconic figures in television history. From 1968-2001, he wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS children’s series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Even if you never watched an episode, you know his face, his famous cardigan sweater, and his opening song, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
This acclaimed new documentary is a profile of Rogers, directed by Morgan Neville. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rogers was appalled at the quality of children’s television programs. He thought there should be something better for young children than the “pie in the face” slapstick that predominated in TV’s early years. So, he began writing and producing his own shows on the PBS affiliate in his home town of Pittsburgh. His show, along with occasional specials, ran for over 30 years and was beloved by children throughout the country.