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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 / ... 186 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 152 episodes, 1974-1983
Richard Bull ...  Nels Oleson 145 episodes, 1974-1983
Jonathan Gilbert ...  Willie Oleson 139 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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In her autobiography "Prairie Tale", Melissa Gilbert said Michael Landon, and many of the show's crew members, abused alcohol on the set of this show everyday. "He was always a hard worker and hard drinker", she writes, "and he and the crew would regularly have a few drinks of alcohol on the set, which is probably part of why he might have developed pancreatic cancer at such a young age." Landon was known to smoke three to four packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day, as well as to notoriously step out on all his wives. See more »

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The majority of the men on the series were clean shaven, which not only doesn't match the historical photos of the era, it doesn't match the fashion styles of the time. Few adult men didn't have some form of facial hair and many had full beards. See more »

Quotes

Laura: You know something, Mary...?
Mary Ingalls Kendall: No, what?
Laura: Life sure is a lot easier when you don't like boys!
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Referenced in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) See more »

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My favorite of many outstanding episodes
13 September 2000 | by thull1See all my reviews

I enjoy this series (I faithfully watch the reruns) for the same reasons millions of others do; the story lines that provide valuable lessons in life and the outstanding performances by regulars and guests. I would like to let readers know my all time favorite episode. It's the one titled "The Man Inside". This is the one about the fat man who decides to "leave" so his daughter will no longer have to be embarrassedd by him. Later, the children in the blind school open her eyes and help her realize what a great father he is.


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Official Sites:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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