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 16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Actor E.J. André appeared on the series 7 times, in 5 different roles. The characters he portrayed were Zachariah, Jed Cooper, St. Peter, Matthew Simms and Amos Thoms. See more »

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In some episodes, when Caroline moves the right way, one can see that she is wearing a bra. The series is set in the 1870s to the 1880s, and bras were not invented until 1912. See more »

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Mrs. Oleson: My back is killing me again...
[in the presence of Mrs. Ingalls]
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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Not as sappy as you might remember...
20 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I grew up watching 'Little House On The Prairie', as well as read some of the books on which the program was based. As a young kid, I was aware that some of the issues on the program were very serious, but I still considered it, like many of you, to be a 'family' program; sweet, sappy, and moralistic. As the years have worn on, I've watched the program in reruns. Lately, for the past 2-3 months, I've been watching back-to-back reruns nearly everyday, and have been extremely surprised at the darker layers to 'Little House' that I guess most people never picked up. Here's some of the darker subjects tackled on 'Little House' - murder, corruption, child rape/abuse/endangerment, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, accusations of adultery, etc. From this list you'd think you I was talking about a show you couldn't watch with your family. 'Little House' also dealt with death, destruction of one's home, the evils of gossip, alcoholism, divorce, kidnapping, racism/xenophobia/religious persecution, personal crisis, loss of faith, etc. Sure some episodes tried to have a resolution at the end of 60 minutes, but most did not. The characters were not perfect by a long shot; not even the main character Laura or even the Reverend Alden. I highly recommend 'Little House' to adults wanting to try something different out. A much better show than other 'family' shows of the time, like 'Eight Is Enough' (good but not as good as LH), and much, much better than the 'family' shows of the past decade including 'Dr. Quinn' and '7th Heaven'.


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