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Episode 1554

Topic: Families
Air Date: November 28, 1985
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After changing into his sneakers, Mister Rogers goes outside to visit with Bob Trow who has brought over his dog and her puppies. Mr. Trow shares pictures of his sons and loans Mister Rogers a film about the various families in the neighborhood. Among other people, the film includes footage of Johnny Costa, Betty Aberlin, Joe Negri, Don Brockett, and Chuck Aber -- all with their own families. Just for fun, Mister Rogers replays the film at a much faster speed before he sings Please Don't Think It's Funny.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Bob Dog meets Cousin Mary Owl and learns of her plans for a cousins reunion. Saddened by the fact that he has no cousins, Bob Dog walks to the Platypus mound where he takes a nap. While he sleeps, Dr. Bill and Ana Platypus talk about the recent adoption of Carrie Dell. Bob Dog wakes up and shares his disappointment with Dr. Bill and Ana and is delighted when Ana offers to "adopt" him as her cousin.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about his own adopted sister before singing more of Please Don't Think It's Funny. Wrapping up for the day, Mister Rogers reads Exactly As I Am, a book delivered by Mr. McFeely.


Several Neighborhood regulars appear in the film shown but go unlisted in the episode's credits.

Exactly As I Am appears to be a custom-made book for the show and not one that is unavailable for retail purchase.

This episode is included on Adoption -- a VHS tape released by Adoptive Families of America.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

On February 27, 2018 -- in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood -- this episode aired along with Episode 201 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber (uncredited), Betty Aberlin (uncredited), Bill Barker, Don Brockett (uncredited), Johnny Costa (uncredited), Carole Muller, Joe Negri (uncredited), David Newell, Mary Rawson, Bob Trow
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1985 Family Communications, Inc.

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