by Matt Zoller Seitz
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Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like is a PBS special about Fred Rogers done in the spirit of Fred Rogers. It runs about an hour, makes every point as simply as possible, and moves on as soon as it’s made them. The entire time, you feel as if the tale is being told to an audience of one. Despite its brevity, this is a powerful special because, like Rogers himself, it speaks plainly and without affectation to the deepest part of us, in a calm and accepting tone of voice …

This special often shows famous guest stars watching the same scenes that it shows us, to capture their reactions. These are always illuminating, sometimes moving. Opera star Joyce DiDonato, a longtime Rogers fan, watches the scene of the boy playing Bach and observes, “It’s like he’s reading what’s going on inside Nick’s head.”

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