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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »



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After production ended on the long-running "Little House on the Prairie" series, three made-for-TV movies helped wrap up the series. The first of these, "Look Back to Yesterday," depicts ... See full summary »

Director: Victor French
Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Dean Butler, Richard Bull


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 <olombard@lombard.dialup.cyberverse.com>

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Little House: A New Beginning  »

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Although loosely based on the real stories penned by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the show took many liberties with different characters. The biggest example of this is the characters of Albert Ingalls and Adam Kendall, neither of whom ever existed: Charles and Caroline Ingalls were the parents of four daughters, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and Grace; and Mary Ingalls remained single all her life. They also had a son, Charles Frederick, who died as a baby. 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 »


Albert Quinn Ingalls: Ma, please don't tell me I'm too young to know how I feel!
Caroline: I wasn't going to tell you that, and don't ever raise your voice to me while you live in this house.
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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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