A beloved TV series that aired in various forms for almost four decades has been added by Netflix. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that starting today, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” are being offered for the first time on the online streaming service.
“The series, produced in Pittsburgh for several decades until 2000, was previously available on Amazon Instant Video, where episodes continue to stream. Some PBS stations, including WQED (9 a.m. Sunday), continue to air one episode each week,” the paper reports.
The Netflix resease consists of 20 episodes labeled “Volume One,” which includes episodes spanning 1979-2000, the report notes. The episodes are part of the set of 52 installments of the show to which PBS holds the current broadcast rights.
Created and hosted by Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, the children’s show was a television institution. It originated in 1963 on CBC Television under the title “Mister Rogers,” before moving in 1966 to Eastern Educational Network, a forerunner of American Public Television, under the new title “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Aimed mainly at preschoolers ages 2-5, the program found its way to NET, an early version of PBS, back in 1968, and continued to air on PBS until 2001.