By George Fox
@GeorgeJFox

Hello neighbor! Strap in for some warm and fuzzy nostalgia as PBS is streaming every episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” over 18 days. Started Monday, the stream hosted on Twitch.tv is also a fundraiser for the network and for local stations.

Highlights of the show included a puppet cast, factory tours and wholesome messages for kids for generations of Americans the show holds a special place in the hearts of viewers including me. I can’t wait to watch how crayons are made again.

“Fred Rogers believed in the boundless potential of all children, and his landmark educational philosophy continues to guide our work today at PBS KIDS,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

Federal funding for public broadcasting was at risk of being eliminated under a draft of President Donald Trump’s budget plan.

As of the date of this post the video stream has more than 1 million views and nearly 9000 simultaneous viewers.

A marathon of Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting on Twitch started the concept for PBS and the channel has more than 11 million views.

Twitch.tv the world’s leading social platform for gamers and has a significant user base leaving comments along with the video and this stream is no different.

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” ran from 1968 to 2001 created and hosted by Fred Rogers who died in 2003.

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