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


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Complete series cast summary:
 Laura Ingalls / ... (205 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Charles Ingalls / ... (187 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Carrie Ingalls / ... (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Carrie Ingalls / ... (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Caroline Ingalls (183 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Mary Ingalls / ... (163 episodes, 1974-1981)
 Harriet Oleson (153 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Nels Oleson (147 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Willie Oleson (140 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Dr. Hiram Baker (113 episodes, 1974-1983)
 Nellie Oleson / ... (104 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Albert Quinn Ingalls / ... (89 episodes, 1976-1983)


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 <>

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Dean Butler remarked that the first kiss between him and Melissa Gilbert was so nerve-racking for everyone that there were chaperones on the set to make sure nothing unseemly was going on. From the sidelines, Melissa's mother Barbara was wailing "My baby!" so much that she had to be consoled. 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 »


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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LHotP - Best Family Show!
19 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't know what it is about this show, but it is one of my all time favorites. I am now in my early 40's and still watch it every time it airs. I own every DVD and even recorded every show long before DVDs were available. Michael Landon had a gift about the shows he wrote and directed. The best episode, in my opinion, is "The Lord is My Shepherd." The story lines and family atmosphere of these episodes says a lot. I can remember growing up watching these shows every Monday night - brings back fond memories of sharing those times with my family, particularly my grandmother, who adored Michael Landon as much as I did. I wish TV of today had the family values like it had many years ago. Shows such as "Little House" will forever remain a piece of history. Thank God Michael Landon left us such wonderful TV memories! :-)

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