The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American Midwest.

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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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The Little House books, once almost universally revered, have come under fire in more recent years for their racism; particularly Pa's minstrel ditties that he plays on his fiddle, and ma's hatred and fear of Native Americans. They have even been banned in some schools. The TV series sidesteps most of the racism of the novels. See more »

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The time line in Season 1 is not accurate. All the shows preceding the Christmas one (the family's first Christmas in Walnut Grove) would have taken way more than a year to unfold. In particular, Caroline becoming pregnant, going through nine months of pregnancy, and then Baby Charles living a few months before he died, couldn't have all transpired prior to their first Christmas at Plum Creek. See more »

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Laura: I hate that Nellie Oleson!
Caroline: Laura! Don't say "hate" - don't even think "hate"! I'm sure Nellie has her good qualities somewhere.
Charles: Your ma's right, half-pint. Now on the way home, we'll try and think of some!
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Wonderful family show
13 November 2005 | by (United States) – 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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