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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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Blanche Hanalis
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Melissa Gilbert ...  Laura Ingalls / ... 204 episodes, 1974-1983
Michael Landon ...  Charles Ingalls / ... 185 episodes, 1974-1983
Karen Grassle ...  Caroline Ingalls 182 episodes, 1974-1982
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ...  Carrie Ingalls / ... 182 episodes, 1974-1982
Sidney Greenbush ...  Carrie Ingalls / ... 182 episodes, 1974-1982
Melissa Sue Anderson ...  Mary Ingalls / ... 162 episodes, 1974-1981
Katherine MacGregor ...  Harriet Oleson 151 episodes, 1974-1983
Richard Bull ...  Nels Oleson 145 episodes, 1974-1983
Jonathan Gilbert ...  Willie Oleson 132 episodes, 1974-1983
Kevin Hagen ...  Dr. Hiram Baker 112 episodes, 1974-1983
Alison Arngrim ...  Nellie Oleson / ... 103 episodes, 1974-1982
Matthew Labyorteaux ...  Albert Quinn Ingalls / ... 88 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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Trivia

The character Nellie Oleson was ranked number three in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (March 27, 2005 issue). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Caroline: I'll be working for Nellie. It's not the same.
Charles: Besides a few pounds, there's no difference.
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Connections

Referenced in The Distressed Watcher: Revenge of the Sith: Part 1 (2010) See more »

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Uneven Over 9 Years, Solid at its Core
21 April 2006 | by andyred-1See all my reviews

A well-written show with some definite episodes within "genres" (broad comedies, moral choices, adventure, family values, religion). As far as a complete body of work, the seasons best hold together in the first four years, ending with "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away" (you can believe that the family had faced issues and had to move as they moved previously, in the spirit of the books and the time period)...adding additional cast and bringing back characters afterward added some confusion and some continuity problems that are well documented. The last season of episodes and the last TV movies are often lambasted as not true to style, or by having substitute families, and while this is true to a point, the new characters often were used to tell similar stories.


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Hallmark Channel | INSP | See more »

Release Date:

30 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little House: A New Beginning See more »

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