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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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
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Complete series cast summary:
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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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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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The only prime-time non-reality series to stay in production during the 1980 actors' strike and the 1981 writers' strike, which delayed both fall seasons. Michael Landon, representing NBC rather than a studio, negotiated deals with SAG and WGA to allow the show to continue filming under a separate contract, while the actors and writers continued to boycott the studios. (He did the same with the Writers Guild of America, purchasing scripts from the new members of the union, on the final season of Highway to Heaven (1984), which he owned. NBC didn't use his new episodes during the fall of 1988, though.) 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: If God wanted me to talk with my hands, he wouldn't have given me a mouth.
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: [looks toward the camera very seriously] I guess even God can make mistakes!
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My favorite of many outstanding episodes
13 September 2000 | by (Merriam, Kansas) – See all my reviews

I enjoy this series (I faithfully watch the reruns) for the same reasons millions of others do; the story lines that provide valuable lessons in life and the outstanding performances by regulars and guests. I would like to let readers know my all time favorite episode. It's the one titled "The Man Inside". This is the one about the fat man who decides to "leave" so his daughter will no longer have to be embarrassedd by him. Later, the children in the blind school open her eyes and help her realize what a great father he is.


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