With the recent release of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Mister Rogers and his gentle, and totally groundbreaking, ways are jumping off the big screen and into our hearts—again. If you’re passing down your childhood favorite (TV show, that is), Mister Rogers is IT. But that doesn’t mean your kiddo can’t get some pretty similar lessons from other pint-sized TV picks too.

There’s absolutely, positively no replacing Fred Rogers or his magically inspiring show. Even so, the legacy of his teachings lives on in today’s TV programs. Rogers inspired his young viewers by helping them to learn about kindness, empathy, social justice and so, so, so much more.

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While your little one can still watch the iconic children’s show (which ended in 2011) in reruns, they can still enter the Neighborhood of Make-Believe with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The animated series stars the beloved character, as he helps kiddos to learn about emotional intelligence.

Along with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, there are plenty of other program options that help today’s kids to learn the lessons that Rogers taught. The Netflix original animated True and the Rainbow Kingdom (which is executive produced by Pharrell Williams!) is filled with imaginative whimsy. Oh, and it also has plenty of social messages too. The show’s compassionate heroine True is constantly on the recue, helping everyone in the Rainbow Kingdom and making sure that they’re safe.

Hey we get it, there’s no way anyone or any show could ever replace Mister Rogers. But that doesn’t mean the rest of your child’s TV choices has to pale in comparison. With a little research, and some careful viewing, you’ll find plenty of programs that keep Rogers’ traditions going!

—Erica Loop

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