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Blanche Hanalis (written by)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the "Little House" series of books by)
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Original Air Date:
30 March 1974 (Season 1, Episode 0)
The story of the Ingalls family who left their house in Wisconsin and moved to the west, wanting to find a new place for home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls

Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls

Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls

Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Green Bush)

Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Green Bush)

Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Cal Bellini ... Brave

Sam Vlahos ... 1st Indian
Richard Alarian ... 2nd Indian
Marian Beeler ... Charlotte Holbrook
John Steadman ... Frederick Holbrook
Victor Mohica ... Soldat Du Chene
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Burton ... Indian Brave / Soldier (uncredited)
Ruth Foster ... Aunt Ruby (uncredited)
Patrick O'Hagan ... (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Landon 
Writing credits
Blanche Hanalis (written by)

Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the "Little House" series of books by)

Produced by
Ed Friendly .... executive producer
Michael Landon .... executive producer
Kent McCray .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Rose 
Cinematography by
Ted Voigtlander (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Loeffler 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Jefferies 
Trevor Williams 
Set Decoration by
Dennis W. Peeples  (as Dennis Peeples)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miles Middough .... assistant director (as Miles S. Middough)
Art Department
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction foreman
Eugene S. Kelley .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Hal Burton .... stunt double: Michael Landon
Russ Dodson .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Taylor .... lighting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Curtis .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant
Joe Hathaway .... final colorist
Transportation Department
Jack Sander .... driver
Chris Haynes .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse
Lee Sollenberger .... animal trainer
Mary Yerke .... script supervisor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Blanche Hanalis  developed for television by
Ande Lamb 

Produced by
Winston Miller .... producer (7 episodes 1974)
Makeup Department
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (7 episodes 1982) (as Lynn Reynolds)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist (8 episodes 1977 and 4 episodes 1981)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buck Edwards .... second assistant director (episode "Chicago (1981)" and multiple episodes 1982-1983)
Robert Enrietto .... assistant director (7 episodes 1982-1983)
James B. Greer .... second assistant director (6 episodes 1979-1980)
Ronald Martinez .... assistant director (11 episodes 1982-1983) (as Ron Martinez)
Reid Rummage .... assistant director (21 episodes in seasons 6, 8 and 9)
Sound Department
Donna Anderson .... utility sound
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Barry Thomas .... sound recordist (13 episodes 1977) (as Barry D. Thomas)
Bob Herron .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Jack Lilley .... stunt coordinator
George Orrison .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip (1979-1980)
Ron Housiaux .... key grip (1979-1983)
Kenji Takama .... camera intern
Casting Department
Dottie O'Brien .... extras casting
John O'Brien .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dallas D. Dornan .... costumer: men (17 episodes 1982-1983) (as Dallas Dornan)
Music Department
John Massari .... orchestrator (1980-1983)
Other crew
John T. Dugan .... story consultant (9 episodes 1978)
Bill McCamey .... on-set nurse
Michael Thomas Slifkin .... kid's talent coach (1979-1981)
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor (4 episodes 1983)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-PG (most episodes)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Lake Ingalls (nee' Quiner)had four children; Mary Amelia, Laura Elizabeth, Caroline Celestia "Carrie", Charles Frederick (who died shortly after birth) and Grace Pearl.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After "Pa" brings home the cow, "Ma" exclaims, " we can have milk." However, the cow is clearly a bull.See more »
Caroline Ingalls:My home is where you are. And you are the children are my family.
Charles Ingalls:Caroline Ingalls, I love you.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in $30 (1999)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Family Series, 15 July 2001
Author: StffnInglls

I was lucky to grow up watching Little House and now with repeats I've found it still holds up against the best shows on offer.

Criticisms that the show is too sweet is a little unfair. The characters may be endearing and the children polite but this can not be seen as reason for dismissing the show. In fact not every episode had a happy ending.

The show also dealt with rascism, drugs and alcohol abuse from time to time. Mostly the show gained the impressive ratings with thought provoking story lines, good humour, a sense of love the characters displayed towards another and characters that people could identify with. The hardworking honest farmer (Charles Ingalls) and caring wife (Caroline) tomboy (Laura) studious sister (Mary) as well as the brow beaten store owner (Nells Oleson) his nagging wife (Harriet) and his terrible two-some children (Nellie and Willie) along with others.

The hardships the Ingalls faced were over come with the love they had for each other, friendships with those in the town and a solid belief in God and Christian values.

The show hit all the right places that a solid family drama series should and today it is very hard to find another show that can compare.

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