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The True Story Behind 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'


"Please, don't ruin my childhood." If you grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and have watched the trailer for the upcoming A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, it's a sentiment you likely share with Andrea Vogel (Susan Kelechi Watson) as she pleads with her husband, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys). With Lloyd being an investigative reporter hired to write about Fred Rogers, her fear is genuine.

Just like the fear of all those who saw that Tom Junod had been hired to write a piece for Esquire about the beloved childhood hero. Although Lloyd and Andrea never existed, Tom and his article for Esquire did. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on a true story of a man who wanted to uncover if Mr. Rogers was real or simply a character.