YMMV: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Contained examples of:
- Awesome Music: Most of the background music was improvised live during taping by jazz pianist Johnny Costa. Refusing to play "kiddie music," Costa filled his accompaniments with sophisticated runs and flourishes. His arrangements were often compared to the legendary pianist Art Tatum, which is about the biggest compliment a jazz pianist can get. In fact, Costa was given the nickname "the white Tatum"... by Art Tatum himself. Now that's awesome music.
- Ear Worm: Just try to get the theme song out of your head after reading this page...
- The ending theme is even catchier "It's such a good feeling to know you're alive, such a happy feeling you're growing inside..."
- Fridge Brilliance: Many episodes open with a shot of a flashing yellow traffic light that was in Mr Rogers' house before panning over to the door where he entered. A yellow light (generally) means "slow down" which is exactly what he did with the pacing of his show, especially compared to others at the time.
- On some episodes, Instead, We see the porch and Fred Rogers walking into the house.
- On episode 1721, The traffic light is flashing on green instead of yellow as it usually does. (This is the only episode where the other traffic light besides yellow are flashing in the intro. There was no episode where the traffic was flashing on red).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: David Newell, Mr. McFeely, is the head of Public Relations at the Fred Rogers Company. It works on so many levels.
- Memetic Mutation: Mr. Rogers Flipping the Bird (during a playing of "Where is Thumbkin?")
- Nightmare Fuel: Propel, propel, propel your craft, gently down liquid solution, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, existence is but an illusion.
- Full-body costumed characters like Bob Dog and Purple Panda were known to scare some viewers.
- Some viewers also had a childhood fear of the music that played when the Episode Code Number was shown at the end of older episodes. It didn't help that the oft-feared 1971 PBS Vanity Plate used to directly follow this.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Some songs used in the early days were co-written with Josie Carey, dating back to their time working together on The Children's Corner. Rogers and Carey sold the copyrights to these songs (foolishly, by Rogers' own admission), and mostly stopped using them in order to avoid paying royalties, as Rogers said that he could come up with new ones that were just as good. Indeed, some of the newer songs have very similar lyrics - for example, "I Like You As You Are" gave way to "It's You I Like".
- Sweet Dreams Fuel
Didn't contain, but was still related to examples of:
- Creator Worship: Many fans and people who grew up with the show practically regard Fred Rogers as some kind of saint. Well, after all, what's not to like?
"A lot of people of a lot of faiths are waiting for the Messiah, but even if one arrives, how are you going to tell the difference between him and Fred Rogers?"—Cracked, of all things.
- Sacred Cow / Unacceptable Targets: The Internet is a very raunchy place, but try to make fun of this man and the Hive Mind will eat you alive.
- Fred Rogers liked Eddie Murphy's parody of his own show, "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood." To be fair, it was an Affectionate Parody, not deliberate and malicious mockery. Apparently, Eddie Murphy caught up with Mr. Rogers and told him, "You understand, we only do it because we love you."
- Johnny Carson also did a parody sketch where Mr. Rogers explained where babies come from, but it was also an Affectionate Parody and unlikely any kids were up late enough to watch it.
- On the other hand, in the late eighties when Burger King made an ad with a fake Mister Rogers explaining why BK burgers were better than McDonald's burgers, Fred Rogers said "You will stop that immediately!"... and they did. This was mainly because he looked too much like the real him, and did not want kids to get confused. By comparison, obviously no kid is going to confuse Murphy for Rogers, and Murphy's sketch was broadcast safely out of the way of any typical child's viewing time.
- An infamous opening gag in Family Guy featured Stewie terrorizing the Town of Happy and trying to kill Mister Rogers; even series creator Seth MacFarlane thought it wasn't funny. Even so, Stewie's rampage turns out to be a Dream Within a Dream, and it's Mister Rogers who gets the last laugh.
- Don't even think about repeating the Urban Legend that the name "Mr. McFeely" is a coded innuendo. There's a special level of tastelessness for sick jokes about Mr. Rogers' mother's maiden name.
- Even when Robot Chicken parodied Mr. Rogers, they were quite cautious to avoid anything too out of character. Some people don't find the skit very funny, while some find it Actually Pretty Funny
- However, everyone is welcome to scratch their heads at his statue on the North Shore in Pittsburgh, where many have said he looks more like a mud-golem....
- One reason why the Westboro Baptist Church is considered to be such an acceptable target by the internet is because they are willing to attack Mister Rogers—see below.
- There's also the story about a pair of guys who stole his car, and when they realized who it belonged to they immediately returned it and left an apology note.
- Fox News got a rather large chunk bitten out of it when one of their pieces suggested that Mister Rogers and his message was somehow a bad influence on children because he instilled concepts like self worth beyond material possessions and encouraged deeper thought and curiosity rather than blind obedience to more capitalistic pursuits. To say that people's response to this broadcast was overwhelmingly negative and critical of Fox is like saying that the sun is sort of warm.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 4Chan is, without question, a blazing inferno of soulless evil. And insulting Mister Rogers is an instantly bannable offense. That's right — Fred Rogers is too sacred for 4Chan.
- Everyone Is Satan in Hell: Even mainstream news falsely cites him as corrupting youth into things like not being corporate yes-men when they graduate from college.
- That article takes on a whole new level Hilarious in Hindsight, given the whole late 2000's recession.
- Fox & Friends also jumped on the same bandwagon.
- Obviously, the Westboro Baptist Church did the exact same thing, albeit in the most Evil Cannot Comprehend Good way possible; they protested his funeral because he was a tolerant person and didn't speak against homosexuality. No seriously, that is verbatim what their beef with him was.
- Memetic Badass: Go to the Pantheon and look up Theater Overdeities. Then scroll down to his entry. Or better yet, go to the DnD wiki — he's a minor god.
The fight raged on for a centuryMany lives were claimed, but eventuallyThe champion stood, the rest saw their better:Mr. Rogers in a blood-stained sweater
- It's not just badassery, either. Mr. Rogers can talk anyone into a reasonable exploration of their feelings, and according to at least one thread on 4chan, that includes the Chaos Gods, the Imperium of Man, the Necrons, the Tau, the Orks...
- And lets not forget The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: