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"Little House on the Prairie" Little House on the Prairie (1974)

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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)
Barney the Dog ... Jack (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
Donna Anderson .... utility sound
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
Ray Berwick .... animal owner: Jeff/Bandit (uncredited)
Gerry Kerns .... dog trainer: 'Jack' (uncredited)

Series Crew
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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
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 five children; Mary Amelia, Laura Elizabeth, Caroline Celestia "Carrie", Charles Frederick (who lived for only nine months) and Grace Pearl.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Charles and family were saying goodbye to Mr. Edwards. As Mr. Edwards is walking behind the Ingalls' wagon to leave, you can see a crew member moving out of the way from the other side of the wagon. It's quick, so you have to look for it.See more »
Laura Ingalls:[opening narration while the Ingalls family are leaving the big woods of Minnesota] If I had a remembrance book, I would mark down how it was when we left our little house in the big woods to go west to Indian Territory. We had to go, Pa said, because so many people had come to live in the big woods, there wasn't enough game anymore for him to hunt and he feared we might go hungry...See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Comment, 20 August 2006
Author: blue141 from United States

I love little house on the prairie. I watch it every day. Looking at the show, it is impossible to date it in TV decade time. I find this show so much better than the awful shows full of violence and vulgarity on TV today. Sappy? Yes, but it is sure nice to have some cotton candy every now and then. Each time I watch this show, I go back to better days and happy thoughts. There really was a time of innocence and moral values. Hard to believe today. I have given up on todays TV, and I do not allow my children to watch todays TV shows full of demeaning bad behavior and put downs. It seems todays TV is full of bickering, one up-man-ship, and getting over someone else, especially ones own family and friends. Were there a time machine, I would go back to the happy and safe days of my childhood that this TV show was so much a part of. Great TV show!

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