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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood has been the subject of many a Shout-Out and Affectionate Parody:

Film - Live Action

  • Demolition Man: Big Bad Simon Pheonix calls the Lawful Stupid and Affably Evil Dr. Cocteau an evil Mr. Rogers before having him killed.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire: Daniel says of a boring kids' show host "He makes Mister Rogers look like Mick Jagger!"
  • In Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, before news anchor Chevy Chase reports on Big Bird's disappearance, he reports on the weather, saying, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?".
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  • Short Circuit 2: The subplot of Johnny 5 questioning if he truly is alive begins when the protagonists watch Mister Rogers on TV (Episode 1581, to be exact).


  • In Like No Other Boy, Chris does a Mister Rogers impression while trying to get Tommy's attention.

Live-Action TV

  • Full House:
    • In "The Seven Month Itch: Part 2", Uncle Jesse is overwhelmed by his new responsibilities and goes on a ski trip with his friends. When the kids call to tell him that Michelle is sick, Jesse is torn between his family and his friends.
      Jesse: Then I get this call. Michelle is sick. Bam! Just like that, I come running back right in to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
    • In "Matchmaker Michelle", Danny and Rebecca attend Jesse's performance intended to impress an interested record label. While most patrons at the club are wearing black leather, Danny arrives in a cardigan.
      Rebecca: Wow, Danny! You really fit in! That Mister Rogers sweater didn't give you away at all.
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    • In "Happy Birthday, Babies", when Michelle asks how long two-and-a-half hours is (as that's when her birthday party), Jesse tells her, "Two Sesame Streets and a Mister Rogers."
    • "Breaking Away" features a story where Jesse is having a hard time letting Nicky and Alex go to pre-school and suggests that he'll teach them what they need to know himself.
      Jesse: I'm gonna teach the kids everything they need to learn, right here in this house.
      Rebecca: Jess, you are not exactly Mister Rogers.
    • In "Dateless in San Fransisco", Rebecca is frustrated with Jesse's lack of romance, and gives us this line:
      Rebecca: I can't believe you've lost every bit of romance. I mean, you've gone from Mister Excitement to Mister Rogers.
  • Eddie Murphy was featured in a series of Saturday Night Live skits, "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood," in which he copied Mr. Rogers' speaking style but discussed antisocial behavior in a gritty urban setting. ("You know any other words that start with X, boys and girls? How about... Ex-con?") Fortunately, Mr. Rogers recognized Murphy's affection and took them in good fun.
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  • Jimmy Fallon did a parody of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood during the 2012 election making fun of the two presidential candidates as well.
  • Mr. Copperfield's Neighborhood. Definitely more Affectionate Parody than Captain Ersatz.
  • Svengoolie had a sketch called Mister Robber's Neighborhood in which Rich Koz played a burglar who had Mr. Rogers' mannerisms. Additionally, whenever a movie had "Sven-Surround" and a scene of someone sneaking into a house, the Neighborhood theme would start.
  • The 2020 Academy Awards Ceremonies opened with Janelle Monáe entering a detailed replica of the Mr. Rogers house set and donning a red cardigan to perform a cover of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" She came down into the audience to sing the line "I have always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you" directly to Tom Hanks (who was up for an Oscar for his portrayal of Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood).

Puppet Shows

  • In the Bear in the Big Blue House episode "I Gotta Be Me!", Bear is trying to find a new look. He puts on a jacket while greeting the viewers and quotes the theme song to this show, commenting that he wants to get some sneakers to complete the look.
  • In the Dinosaurs episode, "Georgie Must Die!", one of the signs in Georgie's studio reads, "Georgie's Neighborhood".
  • Sesame Street:
    • In Episode 1257, Olivia asks Telly Monster to name some words that start with M. Telly instead lists some TV shows that start with M. Included in his list is "Mister Rogers".
    • In Episode 2622, it is revealed that Shelley the Turtle's shell has a TV inside so he would never miss this favorite show.
    • In Episode 3787, Telly takes his pet hamster, Chuckie home to watch the program, as it always makes him feel better.
    • In Episode 4088, The Fairy Balloon Person announces that someone in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood wants a balloon: "I'll bet it's a beautiful day there."
    • In an Ernie and Bert sketch, Bert is writing a letter to Mr. Rogers before Ernie blows it away with his fan.
    • In a Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn sketch, Cookie tries to get Prairie's cookie by claiming Mr. Rogers is behind her.
    • Mr. Rogers himself made a guest appearance on the show where he helps Big Bird, who's worried that Snuffy will be upset that he lost a race they had.

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Web Comics

  • Sandra and Woo has the Devil openly laugh at the idea of a "truly pure and innocent" human... but when Larisa brings up Mr. Rogers, he slips into Tranquil Fury and tells her not to bring up "the anomaly" ever again.
  • One xkcd strip imagines a bootleg recording of Fred Rogers fighting with his wife— in which, since he was an All-Loving Hero, he merely kindly disagrees, gently expresses his emotions, and reaffirms how special she is.

Web Video

  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his review of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, the Critic comments that seeing Mr. Rogers' trolley destroying the trains would have been more awesome to watch.
    • In his review of Barney's Great Adventure, the Critic plays clips from the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Special when he compares characters with more emotions, like Mister Rogers, to Barney.

Western Animation

  • Mister Rogers made a guest appearance in the Arthur episode, "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers", wherein he (depicted as a cartoon aardvark) befriends the title character. Marc Brown later returned the favor when he appeared in an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and Arthur (a puppet of him, anyway) visited the Land of Make-Believe, with Michael Yarmush, his voice actor at the time, reprising his role for the visit.
  • In the second season of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, those two righteous dudes were shocked and totally bummed out to learn that their favourite childhood show, Mr Radish's Condo, is about to be cancelled because kids today don't want his brand of sweetness. Cue Wyld Stallyns trying to make him stay... and making things a lot worse for him. Eventually, Mr Radish decides to change his image completely, ending up as a Totally Radical rocker, which Bill and Ted initially consider to be most excellent... until they realise that maybe this was perhaps a most egregious error in judgement. Thankfully, Rufus shows up with Ted's bratty brother, who points out to Mr. Radish that you should Be Yourself, for your own sake if nothing else. Mr Radish agrees, and changes back into his red sweater.
  • In the Dog City episode, "Doggy See, Doggy Do", Ace and Colleen pursue Bugsy disguised as Bernie the Big Pink St. Bernard at a TV studio. One of the sets they pass by is for a Mister Rogers-like program, where the host tries to teach the children a new word. Bugsy and Ace pass by them, resulting in the children saying, "Whoa! One side, simpleton!", and "Oof! Sorry!". When Colleen lands on him, he says, "Well, it's a beautiful dog in the neighborhood!".
  • The The Fairly OddParents episode, "Ruled Out" featured a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Mr. Rogers... about three months before the real Mr. Rogers died. Whoops!
  • Family Guy
    • The Teaser from "Brian in Love" features Stewie laying waste to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and shooting Mister Rogers with his raygun. It turns out it was All Just a Dream...and Mister Rogers gets the last laugh! Still, many people (including Seth MacFarlane) thought the carnage put it too close to Dude, Not Funny!.
    • In "Running Mates", Peter comforts Chris when he gets busted for peeping at girls, saying "Every man does it, even Mister Rogers". This triggers a cutaway of Mister Rogers spying on a woman undressing ("Hello, neighbor...").
    • A live-action cutaway from "No Chris Left Behind" features Stewie in the role of King Friday.
      Stewie: Ugh, what kind of freakin' king lives next to the train tracks? What is this, Mexico?!
  • King of the Hill: There is an episode titled "Won't You Pimai Neighbor?".
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Elm Street Babies", in one daydream, Fozzie walked into a not-quite replica of Mr. Rogers' house, whilst singing "It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood!" in a way that didn't bear any resemblance to the actual theme song (probably to avoid a lawsuit).
  • Robot Chicken
    • A Bloopers! sketch from "Toyz in the Hood" features a blooper from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in which Mister Rogers is zapped by a faulty set piece and murders the technician responsible, all while retaining his gentle demeanor.
    • A sketch from "Celebrutard Mountain" features of Japanese version of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in which Godzilla is attacking the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and King Kinyobi commits seppuku.
    • A sketch from "Ginger Hill in: Bursting Pipes" features a sneak peak at the Netflix original series, Mister Robo-Rogers' Neighborhood, featuring Mr. Rogers' cryogenically preserved head on a robot body.
  • The Simpsons
    • At the beginning of "Lisa's First Word", Bart tries to teach Maggie to say "Get bent", claiming that Mister Rogers says it all the time.
    • In "Missionary Impossible", Homer is chased by a mob of PBS personalities; Mister Rogers is in the mob, shouting, "It's a beautiful day to kick your ass!"
    • In "Worst Episode Ever", one of the bootleg tapes in Comic Book Guy's stash contains footage of Mister Rogers drunk.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: "The Sting of the Scorpion" opens with Spidey foiling a robbery. After webbing up one of the crooks, he snarks, "It's not nice to job jewelry stores in Mister Spider-Man's neighborhood. Can you say, 'I'm going to jail?'"
  • An episode of the Super Mario World animated series had a spoof called Mr. Koopa's Neighborhood with King Koopa as the title character.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the short, "Tennis the Menace" (part of "The Wacko World of Sports"), Buster imitates Mister Rogers to teach the viewers the word "cheater".
    • The sketch, "Tinkerbunny's Wonderful World of Make-Believe and Learning Fun" (part of "K-Acme TV"), parodies both Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Pee-wee's Playhouse.
    • In the second wraparound of "Pledge Week", Babs advertises Mister Ruegger's Neighborhood, with an unenthusiastic Tom Ruegger saying, "Yeah, yeah, it's a beautiful day in my neighborhood. So?"
  • In the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Yogi Bear on the Air", Ranger Smith is the presenter on "Mister Ranger's Neighborhood".
  • An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the anthropomorphic personification of Chaos incarnate, Discord, trying to normalize his own insane dimension to make it more comfortable for his friend, Fluttershy. Part of it including dressing in Mr. Rogers' signature red sweater.

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