Today would have been Fred Rogers 90th birthday. To celebrate, Twitch is having a week-long Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood marathon that includes all 856 episodes from the beloved show’s 33-year run. Starting today at 1 pm EST, the live-streaming service will begin the epic marathon with 90 of the most popular episodes, before replaying every episode of the show in order. The best part? Twitch is a completely free online service that anyone can access, meaning that you won’t have to pay to watch Mister Rogers fill the world with wisdom, compassion, and friendship.
In an official statement, the streaming-site explained that it chose to host the marathon because of the positive message that Rogers included in the show: “Each episode ended with the same positive message for his young audience: because we are all unique, we make each day special by being ourselves, and people can like us just the way we are.”
This is not the first time Twitch has hosted a marathon of a classic kids or PBS television show. The site previously aired every episode of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting in 2015 and Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers earlier this year. Both marathons attracted millions of viewers, a feat Twitch no doubt hopes to replicate with Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
Rogers, a Presbyterian minister turned TV personality, died in 2003, but the legacy of his groundbreaking show has only grown since then. As the national dialogue ⏤ both political and otherwise⏤ becomes less civil, more people are looking to Rogers and his show as a rare example of decency and kindness in an otherwise grim world. Earlier this year, people all around the globe celebrated the iconic kid’s show’s 50th anniversary, including Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood getting its own display at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.