Daniel Tiger was a small, furry puppet voiced by Fred Rogers on “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” the phenomenally popular PBS show that ran from 1968 to 2001. In 2012, he came back as an animated character with a family and friends on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”. Although the format is different, the show still has the same focus on emotional intelligence and kind consideration of others.
You can watch the show for free by tuning into PBS with an antenna if you have one. But modern-day preschoolers probably won’t understand having to wait to see a show they love. Almost every one of the almost-100 episodes of “Daniel Tiger” is available without cable, but you might need to subscribe to a service for some of them.
Watching the Current Season of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”
While it’s easy to find some free episodes of Daniel Tiger by going to the PBS Kids app or web site, it can be challenging to find the exact episodes you might want – especially if you wish to watch the latest season, which premiered in September.
Subscribe to PBS Kids on Amazon
You have access to every episode (except for the final four) if you subscribe to PBS Kids on Amazon Channels for $4.99/month (after the 30-day free trial.) That gives you 97 episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which feels like a lot unless you are a completionist, and it drives you crazy that you can’t get the last four episodes. Presumably, they will be added soon.
With this service, you also get the 2017 movie “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip” and the special “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Happy Holidays!”
Subscribe to YouTube TV
YouTube TV streams the local PBS affiliate live in 75% of U.S. TV markets. You’ll also have access to those same 97 Daniel Tiger episodes if you subscribe to YouTube TV for $49.99/month. It includes over 70 other channels as well as unlimited cloud storage. See our review of YouTube TV for full details.
All episodes except for the last four to air are available to buy on Amazon, Itunes, YouTube, or Google Play. If you do this, you own them, and you can watch them whenever you want.
Episodes are $1.99 for SD and $2.99 for HD. You can purchase episodes together, but they are packaged differently in different places. Some sites list “seasons,” others list “volumes,” and they include varying numbers of episodes.
Watching Past Seasons of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”
PBS Kids App
If you don’t really care which episodes of “Daniel Tiger” you are watching, and you aren’t watching them too often, this is the option for you. PBS Kids always has a handful of episodes available for free, which you can access on either the PBS Kids app or the PBS Kids web site. Currently, there are nine episodes available. Don’t get too attached, however, since those episodes change every so often.
Daniel Tiger Amazon Prime
The first 20 episodes of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” are included with the Amazon Prime video service, which is available to you if you have an Amazon Prime membership. A Prime membership costs $119/year ($59/year for students) or $12.99/month ($6.49/month). If you are a member, you also get access to other prime benefits, including faster shipping on Amazon products. With Amazon Prime, you can also watch “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip.”
Subscribing to YouTube TV or PBS Kids on Amazon
Otherwise, the 85 “Daniel Tiger” episodes from the first three seasons are available the same ways you can access the newer episodes through either YouTube TV or PBS Kids on Amazon, as described above.
About “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”
“When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath- and count to four” – so goes one of the popular tunes from “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Of course, it’s advice that is excellent for anybody to take, regardless of age – which is one reason why the show has gained such a following. While there are many kids’ shows that feature educational lessons, “Daniel Tiger” is one of the few to focus primarily on how to manage emotions – arguably one of the most important milestones to reach when young. How, for instance, do you deal with disappointment when you don’t get the toy you want right away? Or when you are jealous of the attention given to your little sister? These lessons are spelled out in Daniel’s adventures, often in song form.
I’ve often thought that if more adults learned the songs in “Daniel Tiger”, the world might just be a kinder and gentler place. Fortunately, you can catch many of the songs for free on YouTube – whether or not you have your child with you.
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