Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West.

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 Laura Ingalls / ... (205 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Charles Ingalls / ... (187 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Carrie Ingalls / ... (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
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 Carrie Ingalls / ... (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
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 Caroline Ingalls (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
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 Mary Ingalls / ... (163 episodes, 1974-1981)
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 Harriet Oleson (153 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Nels Oleson (147 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Willie Oleson (140 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Dr. Hiram Baker (113 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Nellie Oleson / ... (104 episodes, 1974-1982)
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 Albert Quinn Ingalls / ... (89 episodes, 1976-1983)
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Based on the popular "Little House" book series by Laura Ingalls-Wilder, this hour long dramatic series followed the frontier lives of Charles and Caroline Ingalls, and their three young daughters: Mary, Laura and Carrie. Written by Phil Fernando

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Little House: A New Beginning  »

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Out of the many young girls who auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls, Michael Landon was convinced immediately that Melissa Gilbert was the perfect candidate. In fact, he was so certain that Gilbert's was the only screen test that he sent to the producers at NBC See more »

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Featured prominently in at least two episodes ("The Monster of Walnut Grove" and "The Music Box"), restless tree branches are seen and heard immediately outside the front upstairs window, next to the girls' bed. But at no point in the show did any such tree ever exist that close to the house. See more »

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Mrs. Oleson: My back is killing me again...
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Nelson "Nels" Oleson: [doing inventory on his shoes] ... and again, and again...
Mrs. Oleson: What did you say?
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: I'm just counting these shoe sizes dear. And a ten and a ten, four sizes.
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29 September 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The late Michael Landon spent his life as a part of our tv family. From 1959 when Bonanza came on the air until 1989 when Highway to Heaven was canceled, there was not a single year that he did not have a series on the air. That is a record that will stand for all time I believe. He specialized in creating high quality family programming. People don't generally realize that Mister Landon wrote and directed the majority of the episodes of Bonanza, Little House and Highway To Heaven. Little House showed us a simple, strong loving family who stayed together and solved their problems with the power of love and understanding. Michael was everyone's favorite strict but loving father. Melissa Gilbert said she really looked upon him as a father figure and the chemistry between Half Pint and Pa showed it. Thru Mary's blindness and her baby's death to Laura's marriage and all the other problems the Ingalls stayed together. The show had a first class ensemble cast and everyone did a wonderful job at creating colorful characters from Victor French's lovable Mister Edwards to Katherine MacGregor's snobby, mean Mrs. Olsen. What I like is the fact that Harriet Olsen always got her "comeuppance" at the end of every episode as did Nellie, but they never really did learn their lesson. One episode I remember particularly well was the one where Richard Mulligan played a Cival War veteran who was still troubled by his experiences at the Battle of Shiloh. He had ran away in battle and was seriously addicted to morphine. Mulligan was brilliant in the part and unlike most episodes, this one had a completely tragic ending. He killed himself. Also, the episode where Albert became an addict was excellent. People made fun of the scene where he vomits on Pa during withdrawal but that is exactly what happens to addicts when they go through it. Matthew Laborteaux visited rehab centers to research his part and it shows. It is a chilling look at the horrors of drug abuse.


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