Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: A TV Show That Influenced My Life

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I wasn’t sure which book or film to pick for this week’s prompt, so I’ll be answering it with one of the first TV shows I ever remember watching that has stuck with me well into adulthood: Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The Mister Rogers Neighborhood workmark.

Sesame Street appealed to me as a small child, too, but I preferred the calmness of Mr. Rogers. What a soothing, gentle man he was.

He had a marvellous way of making topics even grownups struggle with sometimes easier to understand and taking the fear out of experiences that sometimes frighten small children like moving to a new house or visiting a doctor.

His show modelled so many important things for his viewers: kindness, respect, inclusion, tolerance, curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge, and the importance of letting your imagination roam free sometimes.

I think all of us who watched his show when we were little were very lucky, indeed. I’m glad reruns of it are still reaching today’s youngsters.


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26 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: A TV Show That Influenced My Life

  1. Have you seen A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks? I haven’t seen it yet, but understand it is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I love this show. I loved that he never talked down to kids and was a friend. I’ve read quite a few books about him lately and he was just as remarkable a man on the show as he was in real life. That’s a hard balancing act to do.

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  3. Awe! I loved Mr. Rogers Neighborhood 🙂 THanks for stopping by!


  4. Mary Morgan

    I loved Mr Rogers! His show was important for me to show my children how to act/behave (and a good message for adults). They continue to talk about his influence even as adults. A beautiful post, Lydia. Thanks for stopping by mine, too. 🙂

  5. Never watched it. After my time, (I was stuck with Captain Kangaroo) but there is no discounting the impact it had.

  6. I remember watching Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood, but I don’t remember much about it. The TV show that probably influenced my life most was The Muppet Show. 😉

  7. Morgan Lechtenberg

    What a beautiful show with an equally kind, and beautiful soul to lead it. I love Mr. Rogers. Love this post!

  8. Wow, loved your post and Mr. Rogers. His calm was his magic. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Agreed wholeheartedly… he was so amazing and I loved his show so much. He was so gentle and kind. Just thinking about him makes me happy.. 🙂

  10. When my kids were that age, we never let them watch TV. So they were too old for Mr. Rogers to be “cool” before they saw it. But I agree that his manner was calming and soothing to very young children. It was his calling, and he fulfilled it well.

  11. Good choice. Mr. Rogers really a steady moral influence, a model of kindness, openness and tolerance.

  12. kri

    Oh Mr. Rogers!!! I completely forgot about this show – I will have to show this to my daughter but im not sure how well she will take to it but i’m tired of Cocomelon/sesame street on repeat haha. You did such a great job describing how it felt to listen to Mr. Rogers and how well he explained situations.

  13. I wasn’t familiar with Mr Rogers until I saw “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood” and loved it. I’d have liked him as a child.

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