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Little House on the Prairie 

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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.


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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »



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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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30 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Little House: A New Beginning  »

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Did You Know?


Linwood Boomer (Mary's husband Adam Kendall) was a script writer with several credits to his name. He is most famous for creating Malcolm in the Middle (2000). See more »


The racial and social attitudes on the program reflect its 1970s filming as opposed to its 1880s setting. This is especially noticeable when the series dealt with issues regarding women, minorities and immigrants. See more »


Laura: I wanted to clean the blackboards extra good today, to make up for being late.
Mary Ingalls Kendall: And talking in class?
Laura: I was NOT talking!
Mary Ingalls Kendall: You were, too!
Laura: Was NOT! Nellie was TALKING and I was ANSWERING.
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Uneven Over 9 Years, Solid at its Core
21 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

A well-written show with some definite episodes within "genres" (broad comedies, moral choices, adventure, family values, religion). As far as a complete body of work, the seasons best hold together in the first four years, ending with "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away" (you can believe that the family had faced issues and had to move as they moved previously, in the spirit of the books and the time period)...adding additional cast and bringing back characters afterward added some confusion and some continuity problems that are well documented. The last season of episodes and the last TV movies are often lambasted as not true to style, or by having substitute families, and while this is true to a point, the new characters often were used to tell similar stories.

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