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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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Release Date:

30 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Little House: A New Beginning  »

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The characters of Mary and Albert had their own theme music, which often played during their scenes. 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 »


Mrs. Oleson: You disgraced me in front of the town.
Reverend Robert Alden: [trying to heal their broken marriage] Please - there must be forgiveness!
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: Don't talk to me about forgiveness 'til you lived with a woman like that!
Mrs. Oleson: tssskkk
[both of them leave the church]
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Referenced in Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007) See more »

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Wonderful family show
13 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This show debuted just after my birth, my mother watched it religiously and I was raised watching this show. I have read and re-read all of the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I now own every season available on DVD. Little House On the Prarie is a show that not only showed America what family is all about, it also tackled serious issues every week. I've read all of the negative comments and still can't see why anyone wouldn't love this show. Yes Michael Landon was a big part of the show, but the show was really about Laura and how she grew up, and as she grew up we got to watch a wonderful actress, Melissa Gilbert, grow up too. At 31 I now look back on this show with love and tenderness, remembering special times with my own mother as I watched it as a child. This is truly one of the best family shows that has ever been broadcast on TV. We need shows like this on TV now.

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