Five little words cemented Fred Rogers in the hearts of America and the history of television. The upcoming documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes a closer look at Rogers, who died in 2003, and the indelible legacy of his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted in 1963, and as the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? notes, it went against every model for a successful TV show. Rogers provided children with compassionate messages about divorce, death, race, and more. Clips from the stirring trailer show Rogers talking earnestly about love with a sincerity that sometimes seems light years from 2018.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? releases in select theaters June 8.