The Neighborhood of Make-Believe presents “Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe,” a musical story for children by Fred Rogers. We meet Josephine who feels badly because her neck is short. Her friend suggests she attend the “School for Growing.”
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (often shortened to simply Mister Rogers), is an American children’s television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series had its US network debut on February 19, 1968, and it aired on NET and its successor, PBS, until August 31, 2001. The series is aimed primarily at preschool ages 2 to 5, but has been stated by PBS as “appropriate for all ages”. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was produced by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA public broadcaster WQED and Rogers’ non-profit production company Family Communications, Inc.; previously known as Small World Enterprises prior to 1971, the company was renamed The Fred Rogers Company after Rogers’ death. It is the third longest running series on PBS, after Sesame Street and Masterpiece.
The series could be seen in reruns on most PBS stations until August 29, 2008, when it was removed by PBS from their daily syndicated schedule along with Reading Rainbow, Boohbah, and Teletubbies, in a deviation from the PBS policy of removing shows from the national feed after three years of reruns. Despite this, a number of stations have chosen to continue airing it independently of the PBS feed.