Season 5 of the popular animated series kicks off with a musical special to help kids and their families address challenges and disappointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
PBS KIDS announced beginning Monday, August 17 preschoolers and their families can hop on Trolley and “ride along” with Daniel Tiger, his family, and friends for a brand-new season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The award-winning series from Fred Rogers Productions will premiere on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings), the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and PBS KIDS digital platforms.
The new season kicks off with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Won’t You Sing Along with Me?,” a timely, music-filled special that helps address some of the challenges and disappointments that kids and their families may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the special, when Daniel learns he can’t gather with all of his neighbors at the Neighborhood Carnival this year, it leads to a lot of big feelings and questions, including what to do when he misses the people he loves, how to keep himself and others healthy, and how to find ways to enjoy the extra time at home with his family. Mom and Dad Tiger use new and fan-favorite songs from the series to help reassure him – as well as young viewers and their parents at home, who are encouraged to sing along! The special was created with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
“As COVID-19 continues to pose challenges to families across the country, PBS KIDS is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of children, parents, and caregivers,” commented PBS chief programming executive and general manager, children’s media and education, Lesli Rotenberg. “Learning lies at the heart of our mission, and we’ve been proud to be able to step in and offer at-home learning solutions, content and resources, like this timely special from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, that reach kids where they are with age-appropriate lessons – especially in areas where families may have limited or no access to broadband internet.”
In addition, five new episodes, including a 22-minute special, “Daniel’s Substitute Teacher,” will premiere throughout the week. A new digital game from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be available later this summer on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Games app. In “Dance Party,” kids can dance along with Daniel and his friends. To further support families and educators as school time approaches new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood activities and resources will be available on PBS KIDS for Parents and PBS LearningMedia.
“Season 5 of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will showcase even more relatable storylines and fresh musical strategies to help keep preschoolers learning, growing, and navigating the world around them,” noted Fred Rogers Productions president and CEO, Paul Siefken. “In addition to the upcoming special, the season will include episodes about sudden changes at school, separation from family members, staying safe, hospital stays, respecting one’s personal space, disappointment, generosity, and grown-ups taking care of you.”
Throughout 20 new Season 5 episodes, Daniel and his friends will learn gentle lessons about managing sibling rivalry, missing people when they’re far away, being “big enough” to do things alone, coping with accidents, the importance of listening and following rules. New friends will also join the neighborhood of make-believe.
Each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood showcases two distinct stories starring 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends, who invite viewers to join them on their adventures as they explore the colorful neighborhood of make-believe. Musical strategies reinforce the theme of every show, so preschoolers and parents can sing along and incorporate them into their daily lives. The executive producers are 9 Story Media Group CCO, Angela C. Santomero; Fred Rogers Productions CCO, Ellen Doherty; and 9 Story Media Group president and CEO, Vince Commisso.
Apps, games, activities, and more from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD can be found on pbskids.org/daniel.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Premiere Week – Episode Descriptions and Air Dates (check local listings):
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Won’t You Sing Along with Me?”
Premieres and streams beginning Monday, August 17
This sing-along special helps address some of the challenges and disappointments that kids and their families may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Young fans will revisit their favorite songs from the show in this timely and topical event.
“Daniel’s Substitute Teacher”
Premieres and streams Monday, August 17
Daniel is excited for the Spring Sing at school, but when he arrives, he discovers that Teacher Harriet is not there to teach the routine to the students. The class meets a substitute teacher named Mr. Malik. Daniel is hesitant at first, but learns that different can be fun, too.
“Prince Wednesday’s Accident/Daniel and Miss Elaina’s Kite Accident”
Premieres and streams Tuesday, August 18
“Prince Wednesday’s Accident”
During a beach party at school, Prince Wednesday spills paint on his pants and the floor! He is really upset but telling Teacher Harriet what happened makes him feel so much better. Later, Daniel accidentally breaks someone else’s project, but he learns that accidents happen to everyone, and telling a grown-up about it is a good choice.
“Daniel and Miss Elaina’s Kite Accident”
Daniel is playing at Miss Elaina’s house when they accidentally break her dad’s old kite. They feel bad, but when they tell Music Man Stan what happened, he explains that accidents happen to everyone.
“Quiet Time at School/ Naptime in Blanket City”
Premieres and streams Wednesday, August 19
“Quiet Time at School”
It is quiet time at school, but Daniel and Miss Elaina do not want to stop playing with their trains. Teacher Harriet shows the kids different ways they can settle down, like stretching, reading a book, or closing their eyes. After Quiet Time, Daniel and Miss Elaina are reenergized to continue playing trains, right where they left off.
“Naptime in Blanket City”
Daniel and Jodi make a pretend city out of all the blankets in the platypus house. When it is nap time for Teddy and Leo, Jodi finds Leo’s missing blankie for him to snuggle—that’s what he needs to help him rest. Later, Daniel finds something to help him rest, too: cuddling with his favorite stuffie.
“The Fire Drill/ Daniel and Mom Go to the Market”
Premieres and streams Thursday, August 20
“The Fire Drill”
At school, Teacher Harriet shows the class what to do to stay safe during a fire drill. While Daniel and his friends are playing, the fire alarm starts to ring, and the class practices their fire drill, following Teacher Harriet’s instructions. The neighborhood firefighters arrive to check on their classroom and teach the kids all about staying safe during an emergency.
“Daniel and Mom Go to the Market”
Daniel and Mom Tiger are making a yummy breakfast at home when a mug falls and shatters. Daniel is about to help pick up the pieces, but his mom tells him to stop, listen and to stay safe while she cleans up. When they go to the market afterwards, Daniel gets lost in one of the aisles. With the help of Prince Tuesday, he stops and listens, and Mom Tiger can find him.
“Daniel Waits with Dad/ Margaret’s New Shoes”
Premieres and streams Friday, August 21
“Daniel Waits with Dad”
Daniel is SO excited for the new “Tigey the Adventure Tiger” book to come out, but before he can get it, he must go to Dr. Plat’s office with Dad Tiger. Waiting can be hard but playing and imagining make the waiting go faster. Once they are at the library, Daniel and Jodi pretend while they wait in line, and soon he gets to read the book with Dad.
“Margaret’s New Shoes”
Daniel is excited to play at the playground, but first they need to go to the store to get new shoes for Margaret. It can be very hard to wait, but Daniel learns to sing and imagine to pass the time. Soon it is time to go the playground—playing made the waiting easier!
Source: PBS Kids