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


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Complete series cast summary:
 Laura Ingalls / ... (205 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Charles Ingalls / ... (187 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Carrie Ingalls / ... (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Carrie Ingalls / ... (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Caroline Ingalls (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Mary Ingalls / ... (163 episodes, 1974-1981)
 Harriet Oleson (153 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Nels Oleson (147 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Willie Oleson (140 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Dr. Hiram Baker (113 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Nellie Oleson / ... (104 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Albert Quinn Ingalls / ... (89 episodes, 1976-1983)


A long-running drama based upon the "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Little House on the Prairie" follows the lives of the simple, farming Ingalls family: Charles, Caroline, Mary, Laura, Carrie and then Grace and the later adopted Albert, James and Cassandra, who settle into a quaint little house on the banks of Plum Creek near the small town of Walnut Grove during the late 1800s. Often narrated by Laura, the series follows her simple farm upbringing from her childhood until her adulthood with Almanzo Wilder with whom she starts a family of her own. While the series is based upon the Little House books (and thus the real life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder), it is a very loose adaptation, with mostly only key events and elements of fact surviving the transition from book to TV series, the most important being Mary's eventual blindness, and Laura's future. Several other fictitious (some factual) characters make up the friendly community of Walnut Grove, ... Written by Ondre Lombard <>

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In her autobiography "Prairie Tale" Melissa Gilbert said Michael Landon (and many of the Little House crew members) would abuse alcohol on the set of Little House everyday. He was always a hard worker and hard drinker, and he and the crew would regularly have a few drinks of alcohol on the set, which is probably part of why he might have developed pancreatic cancer at such a young age. In addition Landon was known to smoke 3-4 packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day. See more »


One of the inconsistencies of the show was its time-line. In the shows first few seasons it would jump back and forth between the the mid 1870s to the early 1880s with little regard for continuity. See more »


Laura: You know something, Mary...?
Mary Ingalls Kendall: No, what?
Laura: Life sure is a lot easier when you don't like boys!
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I'm not totally sure why I like the show so much. It has it's serious moments, sad moments and funny moments. One thing I know that I do like best about it is the relationship they show between Pa and Laura. But it also makes you wonder what kind of relationship Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert had in real life (and from what I've been able to understand it wasn't much different than it was on the show). It's a good wholesome family show and it's a show that makes your heart overfill with joy and love just by watching it. It's one of the best shows that has ever been on TV ever and there will never be another show like it. I've never gone out and bought a whole series of a TV show until LHOTP. I was a little surprised that I did. But once I started and watched the episodes I couldn't help it. It's one of those shows that you can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. Like I said I'm not 100% sure why I like the show so much. But I love the show and to me that is all I care about.

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