Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is a long-running American children's educational television series created and hosted by the late television host Fred Rogers. This PBS series, which aired first-run episodes from 1968-2001, featured Mister Rogers explaining life concepts and how things work in a loving, gentle manner. Rogers covered a broad range of topics over the years, and the series did not shy away from issues that other children's programming avoided. The series dealt with death, competition, divorce, and war. Rogers returned to the topic of anger regularly and focused on peaceful ways of dealing with angry feelings.
During each half-hour segment, Rogers speaks directly to the viewer about various topics, taking the viewer on tours of factories, demonstrating experiments, crafts, and music, and interacting with his friends. Rogers also made a point to simply behave naturally on camera rather than acting out a character, stating that "One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. I also believe that kids can spot a phony a mile away." The half-hour episodes were punctuated by a puppet segment chronicling occurrences in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Another segment of the show consisted of Rogers going to different places around the neighborhood, where he interviews people to talk about their work and other contributions that focused on the episode's theme.
References to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Simon A. is a huge fan of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood so he incorporated several references to Mister Rogers on Baby Lamb & Friends.
- The entire episode Neighborhood Trolley was dedicated to the Neighborhood Trolley, a character frequently seen in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a transition between Mister Rogers' House and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
- Additionally, Trolley is also a character in Baby Lamb & Friends. Like in the original show, Simon A. uses a piano for the Trolley's music.
- King Friday XIII (the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe) made an appearance in Friday the 13th: Part 2, celebrating his birthday.
- First Day of Spring mentioned Fred Rogers' birthday being on March 20.
- Mister Rogers was mentioned in the episode Post-Holiday Blues.
- Mister Rogers was mentioned by Cow in the episode Easter Fool's Day to fool Baby Lamb.
- A clip of Mister Rogers facepalming is shown in the episode Halfoween. Additionally, X the Owl makes an appearance towards the end of the episode.
- Uncle Lamb and Donny Dolphin are shown watching an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the episode Meet Gus as Fred Rogers sings "It's You I Like".
- Mister Rogers was mentioned in the episode Scared Rickless, also mentioning his death in 2003.
- Ricky was teaching Cow how to play the theme song to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in New Piano on the Block.
- In the episode Gift of the Fools, Baby Lamb was shown to possess a miniature toy Neighborhood Trolley as his prized possession. After trading it for Cow's moonrock, Cow rhetorically asks Baby Lamb what Mister Rogers uses to go to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
- An instrumental version of the "Happy Birthday Dear Friend" song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was heard in the episode Leap Year Baby. Additionally, Donny sings the song "You Are My Friend" at the end of the episode.
- Baby Lamb sung "It's You I Like" in Baby Lamb & Friends: The Movie. Also, in that movie, the Space-Time Fabric Tamperer sent Baby Lamb to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, where he encountered Fred Rogers himself who was talking about finding that loving part of you and taking good care of it.
- Derrick McCormick, Baby Lamb, and the gang were seen watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the Baby Lamb & Friends/Derrick McCormick crossover special "Derrick McCormick & Friends". Additionally, towards the end, Derrick says that Baby Lamb is kinda similar to Mister Rogers.