Watching the entire oeuvre of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’ classic kids’ television series, actually approaches the near-impossible. Yes, you can Mister Rogers-and-chill, but don’t expect to be able to watch all the early 1970s episodes easily. In the old days (1970–1975), most seasons of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had about 65 episodes. It wasn’t until the ’80s that a more manageable 15-episode season became the norm. That leaves a few stragglers that are unavailable. So, can you watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood online? Yes! You can watch most of it.
Here are the easiest, cheapest and best ways to easily watch and stream full episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re starting with the most ideal and then working our way down to the most unwieldy. Hop on your streaming trolley. Let’s go.
PBS Kids.org and the PBS Kids app
The purest way to watch Mister Rogers online is to just go straight to the source. PBSKids.org has a permanent player which airs vintage episodes of the series on a rotating basis. This means that they swap out new episodes from the “early years” (the late ’60s and early ’70s) on the first Monday of every month. So, over time, you could conceivably watch everything from 1968 to 1975.
Okay, so you can get the ’60s and ’70s stuff from PBS, but what about the ’80s? Prime!
Perhaps the best way to watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which also gives you the most freedom is on Amazon Prime. The organization here is fairly intuitive: Prime groups the various eras of Mister Rogers by “volume.” Technically, these are not complete seasons, because all of this falls under the umbrella of “The Best of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” These episodes are curated, because, honestly, it would be super-overwhelming to just have everything up there. Still, if you want the show in its heyday, probably start with “season 3” as Amazon defines it. Those episodes start in 1982. (The earlier volumes also has stuff from the ’60s and ’70s, just like PBS)
Watching Mister Rogers on YouTube is of course possible. But, be warned, you’re certainly not in the friendly confines of a digital version of the friendly neighborhood you seek. Yes, there are a ton of great clips and some complete episodes of Mister Rogers on YouTube, but you’ve got to be careful. The quality is all-over-the-place, and sometimes weird parodies will pop-up on a playlist if you’re not careful. Your best bet here is to search YouTube for something you want specifically. (For example, you cant watch Fred Rogers address the Senate in 1969.) And then, if you see that the video you want is published by PBS, you’re probably in good shape.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is available on iTunes, but it’s probably not your best option. Apple has a smattering of episodes organized loosely by year, starting in 1981. These episodes are $1.99 each. So, unless you absolutely need this 1981 episode about divorce stored the hard drive of your iPhone, this probably isn’t the easiest or most cost-effective way to watch Mister Rogers.
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