Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (TV & Streaming)
Produced by The Fred Rogers Company for PBS, the animated Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood presents stories promoting social and emotional development for Pre-K kids.
Parents and grandparents who watched Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood will recognize sweet little Daniel Tiger as they enjoy the program with young children. They’ll even meet some new characters inspired by the original series, including the daughter of Henrietta Pussycat, the daughter of Lady Elaine Fairchild, and the nephew of X the Owl. Expect other updated, and slightly altered versions of characters from the original Fred Rogers series, including the royal family members of King Friday and Queen Sara, mailman Mr. McFeely, and Trolley, which transports Daniel and pals to locales in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In addition, Daniel has a mom, dad, baby sister, and Grandpere Tiger makes appearances now and then.
Most episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood include two separate stories, gently paced and clearly written for the target preschool audience, promoting respect, communication, and compromise as a way to solve or avert problems. Kindness is the foundation theme in the series and in the episode titled “Kind Daniel for the Day,” King Friday allows Daniel Tiger a brief stint as ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The experience allows Daniel to see that the most important thing about being part of a community is being kind to his neighbors. Daniel frequently also confronts anxieties about new experiences. In “Tiger Family Trip,” the Tiger family plans a visit to Grandpere’s house but Daniel doesn’t know what to expect of such a long car ride. Mom Tiger does more than just reassure Daniel; she gives him a map so he can track progress and appreciate landmarks along the way, modeling a way for kids to take an active role in tackling their fears. In another episode, centered around the actual visit to Grandpere’s house, Daniel notes both the similarities and differences between his home and where his grandfather lives, an activity any family can replicate when they’re on a trip.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is chock full of teachable moments, with musical interludes, colorful animation, and a kind and inclusive tone. Who wouldn’t want to visit a neighborhood like that?
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.