Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood logo.png
Also known as Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood
Created by Angela Santomero, based on characters created by Fred Rogers
Written by Angela Santomero[1][2]
Theme music composer Fred Rogers
David Kelly
James Chapple
Brian Pickett
Graeme Cornies
Opening theme "It's Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood"
Ending theme "It's Such a Good Feeling (Redux)"
Composer(s) Fred Rogers
David Kelly
James Chapple
Brian Pickett
Graeme Cornies
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2 (Seasons 1 and 2 have been completed; Season 3 is in production)
No. of episodes 80 (60 aired) (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Kevin Morrison
Angela Santomero
Location(s) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (live-action sequences)[3]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
New York City, New York
Camera setup Animated
Running time 28 minutes (full episode) / 11 minutes (single episode)
Production company(s) The Fred Rogers Company
9 Story Media Group
Out of the Blue Enterprises
Original network PBS
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Audio format Stereophonic Sound
Original release September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03) – present
Preceded by Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (known as Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood in Canada[4]) is an American-Canadian animated children's television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company, 9 Story Media Group and Out of the Blue Enterprises. It debuted on most PBS stations on September 3, 2012. The program, which is targeted at preschool-aged children, is based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the long-running family-oriented television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers.


The character Daniel Tiger is based on Mr. Rogers, and elements of his home are based on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

The series centers around Daniel Tiger, the son of the original Daniel Striped Tiger on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The series also features other children of the characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, such as Katerina Kittycat (daughter of Henrietta Pussycat), Miss Elaina (daughter of Lady Elaine Fairchild and Music Man Stan), O the Owl (nephew of X the Owl), and Prince Wednesday (King Friday and Queen Sara Saturday's youngest son and Prince Tuesday's little brother). Two 11-minute segments are linked by a common socio-emotional theme, such as disappointment and sadness or anger, or being thankful and appreciative. The theme also uses a musical motif phrase, which the show calls "strategy songs", to reinforce the theme and help children remember the life lessons. Many of the "strategy songs" are available in albums or as singles under the artist name "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood". The first two albums are Big Feelings and Life's Little Lessons.[5] The series is co-produced by the Pittsburgh-based Fred Rogers Company (formerly Family Communications)[3] and Out of the Blue Enterprises, with animation produced in Canada by 9 Story Media Group and music created at Voodoo Highway Music & Post.[6][7]

In 2006, three years after Fred Rogers' death, and after the end of production of Blue's Clues, The Fred Rogers Company contacted Angela Santomero to ask what type of show she would create to promote Rogers' legacy. That conversation led to the creation of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.[8] PBS initially ordered 40 episodes, which were broadcast between September 3, 2012 and February 21, 2014.[9] PBS Kids has renewed the show for a second season of 25 episodes, which premiered on August 18, 2014.[10] On July 7, 2015, the show was renewed for a third season of 25 episodes.[11] Cartoon Network UK's sister pre-school channel Cartoonito premiered Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on March 1, 2016.[12] The series had previously been available for streaming on Netflix before July 1, 2016, when a multi-year agreement for the catalog of many of PBS's children's series with Amazon Prime Video went into effect.[13] A smaller selection of current episodes are also available through the PBS Kids app on several digital media player and tablet/smartphone platforms.

The program is targeted at preschool-aged children; it teaches emotional intelligence and human respect. Its content follows a curriculum based on Fred Rogers' teaching and new research into child development.[14]


Tiger Family[edit]

  • Daniel Tiger (voiced by Jake Beale) - Daniel lives on Jungle Beach with Mom Tiger and Daniel Striped Tiger. He has a stuffed tiger he named "Tigey". Daniel wears a red cardigan zipper sweater (though unlike Fred's sweaters, Daniel's are also hoodies) and red (instead of Fred's blue) sneakers; this wardrobe, and much of his home furnishings (such as the traffic light, shelves of models of Neighborhood buildings, and Picture Picture), are direct allusions to Fred Rogers and his studio house.
  • Mom Tiger (voiced by Heather Bambrick) - Daniel Tiger's mother and Daniel Striped Tiger's wife. She is a homemaker.
  • Daniel Striped Tiger (voiced by Ted Dykstra) - Daniel Tiger's father and Mom Tiger's husband; he works at the clock factory, which used to be his home. He's also a photographer. He wears a blue cardigan sweater and blue sneakers.
  • Grandpere Tiger (voiced by François Klanfer) - Grandpere is Daniel Striped Tiger's father, and Daniel Tiger's paternal grandfather ('grandpere' being French for 'grandfather'). This contradicts the original show, in which Daniel was an orphan, and Grandpere was the grandfather of Collette. He likes to travel and sail in his boat, and speaks with a French accent. He wears a blue pea coat and a blue beret.
  • Margaret Tiger - Daniel's new baby sister who was introduced in Season 2.[10]

Cat Family[edit]

  • Katerina Kittycat (voiced by Amariah Faulkner[15]) - Katerina lives with her mother, Henrietta Pussycat, in the treehouse and loves dancing. She is O the Owl's next-door neighbor.
  • Henrietta Pussycat (voiced by Teresa Pavlinek) - Katerina's mother. In addition to saying "meow", she says more words.

Owl Family[edit]

  • O the Owl (voiced by Zackary Bloch, then Stuart Ralston) - O the Owl lives with his uncle X in the oak tree and is Katerina's next-door neighbor. He loves books and he reads all the time. O is a light blue owl who wears green sneakers. His catchphrase is "Hoo Hoo!"
  • X the Owl (voiced by Tony Daniels) - X is O's uncle. X's feathers are still the same darker shade of blue as they were in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He wears a green bowtie and brown loafers. He works at the neighborhood library. X's catchphrases are "How in the world are you?" and "Nifty galifty!"

Royal Family[edit]

  • Prince Wednesday (voiced by Nicholas Kaegi) - Prince Wednesday is the youngest member of the royal family who lives in the castle.
  • King Friday XIII (voiced by Jamie Watson) - Ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday has two sons—Prince Tuesday and Prince Wednesday.
  • Queen Sarah (voiced by Catherine Disher) - Wife of King Friday and mother of Prince Tuesday and Prince Wednesday.
  • Prince Tuesday (voiced by Tommy Lioutas) - Prince Wednesday's older brother and King Friday's heir apparent. Prince Tuesday is Daniel Tiger's babysitter. He also works at the neighborhood restaurant as a waiter.
  • Chrissie (voiced by Matilda Gilbert) - A cousin to both Prince Tuesday and Prince Wednesday, and niece of King Friday XIII and Queen Sara Saturday. Her legs can't work on their own, so she has to use braces on her legs and crutches on her arms. Sometimes she needs some help, but sometimes she likes doing things for herself. She has a horse named Peaches. Chrissie is based on Chrissy Thompson, a regular visitor on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Museum-Go-Round Family[edit]

  • Miss Elaina (voiced by Addison Holley) - Miss Elaina enjoys doing things backwards and lives with her parents, Lady Elaine and Music Man Stan, in the Museum-Go-Round.
  • Lady Elaine (voiced by Teresa Pavlinek) - Works at the crayon factory, and curator of the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is Miss Elaina's mother.
  • Music Man Stan (voiced by Jeremiah Sparks) - Operates the Neighborhood Music Shop, Stan is Lady Elaine's husband, and Miss Elaina's father.

Secondary Characters[edit]

  • Baker Aker (voiced by John Filici) - Baker Aker owns and runs the neighborhood bakery.
  • Teacher Harriet (voiced by Shawne Jackson) - A schoolteacher who works at the neighborhood school.
  • Dr. Anna (voiced by Laara Saadiq) - Dr. Anna is the Neighborhood physician. Though human, she shares many characteristics of the platypus family of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: their patriarch, Bill Platypus was the neighborhood physician and spoke with a foreign accent (Scottish, in his case), and his daughter was named Ana.
  • Mr. McFeely (voiced by Derek McGrath) - Mr. McFeely is the neighborhood mailman. He is the only full-sized human character from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to be carried over into the new program.
  • Trolley - A red semi-anthropomorphic trolley who takes Daniel and his friends anywhere in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It recalls the trolley from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 40 September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03) February 21, 2014 (2014-02-21)
2 20 August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) July 4, 2016 (2016-07-04)
3 20[16] October 3, 2016 (2016-10-03) TBA (TBA)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has won and been nominated for several awards in children's broadcasting. It won Silver Parents' Choice Awards in 2013 and 2014, was nominated for the Television Critics' Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming in 2013 and 2014, and was a 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection.[10][17][18][19]


  1. ^ Forbes (August 31, 2012). "A Different Kind of Tiger Mom". 
  2. ^ Ms Santomero has her MA in Child Development and Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, Teachers College. See the following reference for verification: Angela Santomero. "Why is the new Mister Rogers' spinoff animated?". 
  3. ^ a b Owen, Rob (February 12, 2014). "'Daniel Tiger,' renewed for 2nd season, plans a visit to Pittsburg". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc1/shows/daniel-tigers-neighbourhood
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  6. ^ Nededog, Jethro (July 31, 2011). "Fred Rogers' Legacy Lives on With a 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' Animated Spin Off From PBS". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Weisman, Jon (July 30, 2011). "PBS to air new series from Fred Rogers Co.". Variety. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ Santomero, Angela (September 21, 2012). "Mister Rogers Changed My Life". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Owen, Rob (September 2, 2013). "A 'very Fred-ish' birthday for 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Season Two of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Kicks off with a One-Hour Special" (Press release). Arlington, VA and Pittsburgh, PA: PBS. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2015/07/07/pbs-kids-re-ups-two-series/
  12. ^ "Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK March 2016 Highlights". RegularCapital.com. Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Press Release). Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Steinberg, Brian (1 July 2016). "Amazon Snags Exclusive SVOD Rights to Large Chunk of PBS Kids Series". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Beras, Erika (October 13, 2014). "Daniel Tiger: Won't You Be His Neighbor?". NPR. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Amariah Faulkner Credits". Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  16. ^ Brian Steinberg (2015-07-07). "PBS Renews 'Daniel Tiger,' 'Odd Squad,' From Fred Rogers Co.". Variety.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  17. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (March 28, 2014). "'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' Adds Retail Partners". Animation World Network. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Television Critics Association Announces 2013 TCA Award Nominees" (Press release). Los Angeles: Television Critics Association. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Television Critics Association Announces 2014 TCA Award Nominees As It Celebrates 30 Years Of The Prestigious Awards Program" (Press release). Los Angeles: Television Critics Association. May 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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