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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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Melissa Gilbert ...  Laura Ingalls / ... 205 episodes, 1974-1983
Michael Landon ...  Charles Ingalls / ... 187 episodes, 1974-1983
Karen Grassle ...  Caroline Ingalls 183 episodes, 1974-1982
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ...  Carrie Ingalls / ... 183 episodes, 1974-1982
Sidney Greenbush ...  Carrie Ingalls / ... 183 episodes, 1974-1982
Melissa Sue Anderson ...  Mary Ingalls / ... 163 episodes, 1974-1981
Katherine MacGregor ...  Harriet Oleson 153 episodes, 1974-1983
Richard Bull ...  Nels Oleson 146 episodes, 1974-1983
Jonathan Gilbert ...  Willie Oleson 140 episodes, 1974-1983
Kevin Hagen ...  Dr. Hiram Baker 113 episodes, 1974-1983
Alison Arngrim ...  Nellie Oleson / ... 104 episodes, 1974-1982
Matthew Labyorteaux ...  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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Hallmark Channel | INSP | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little House: A New Beginning See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (210 episodes) | (203 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Alison Arngrim, the writers intended for Mary Ingalls and John Sanderson to get married. Melissa Sue Anderson and Radames Pera had no romantic chemistry, so the storyline was replaced by Mary going blind and going away to school. See more »

Goofs

Featured prominently in at least two episodes ("The Monster of Walnut Grove" and "The Music Box"), restless tree branches are seen and heard immediately outside the front upstairs window, next to the girls' bed. But at no point in the show did any such tree ever exist that close to the house. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Oleson: My back is killing me again...
[in the presence of Mrs. Ingalls]
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: [doing inventory on his shoes] ... and again, and again...
Mrs. Oleson: What did you say?
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: I'm just counting these shoe sizes dear. And a ten and a ten, four sizes.
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This was an inspiring series
4 July 2003 | by actorsmamaSee all my reviews

I've also read the negative comments and I have none. I've noticed some of the things that were mentioned but so what? What's wrong with showing emotion and crying? What's the problem with bringing new characters on for just one episode? That's the way shows are done, which should be obvious to all adults by now - if they've watched at least, well.....*anything* in film. I've been part of filming many times and I can tell you honestly that Michael Landon would have been a dream to work with. Melissa Gilbert is a pro and I absolutely adore her work. She remains one of my favorite actors to this day. The rest of the players are priceless. I'm 41 now and I was growing up watching this show and I just wonder how in the world could a parent NOT want their child to watch something like that? I learned so much from the storylines, and they taught me the meaning of goodness and purity. Little House was the epitome of good. They brought to light many situations and the best solutions to them and in most cases no one was ever hurt(unless an emotional learning experience). And not even Jack drowned. :o) If you want a wholesome show that the family will love and will benefit from, this is it. Not even the Waltons can top this one, and I love that show. Overlook the discrepancies that were mentioned here and you won't be sorry you took the chance. I came here to post because I saw that the first season of Little House is coming out and I would love for others to benefit. I just wish they'd filmed it in the past 5 years so my son could've been part of it. :o)


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