Social video platform Twitch today announced it will host a free 18-day, 886-episode marathon of the beloved PBS KIDS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This shared viewing experience on twitch.tv/misterrogers will continue until June 3rd.
Watch the marathon now until June 3rd:
The marathon features the most comprehensive collection of episodes available, including many that have only aired once and are unavailable elsewhere online. Twitch will also run a fundraising campaign, during which viewers will be encouraged to show support for their local PBS station.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted in 1968 and aired on PBS stations for decades. Grounded in an innovative social-emotional curriculum, the show starred the legendary Fred Rogers, who spoke directly to viewers, performed songs, created arts and crafts for viewers, and took them on tours of real-life locations. Each episode ended with the same positive message for viewers: because we are all unique, we make each day special by being ourselves, and people can like us just the way we are.
Every episode, dating from the show’s premiere, will stream consecutively throughout the month of the marathon. There will be additional mini-marathons in the following weeks, giving viewers the opportunity to enjoy their favorite episodes once again.
“Fred Rogers created a blueprint for children’s television that still works today, and his messages of acceptance and inclusion remain just as timeless and relevant as they did when Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood first aired,” said Paul Siefken, President and CEO of The Fred Rogers Company. “We are delighted to be working with Twitch to make the show available to fans, as well as reach a whole new whole new audience that did not grow up watching the program.”
“Fred Rogers believed in the boundless potential of all children, and his landmark educational philosophy continues to guide our work today at PBS KIDS,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “We are excited to bring Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to the Twitch community in this special event, honoring Fred’s legacy, and encouraging fans to support the important work that local PBS stations do to help all children learn and succeed.”