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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 / ... 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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Runtime:

| (210 episodes) | (203 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rose Wilder, Laura's on-screen daughter was a real person. She co-wrote the Little House series with Laura. Many people think Rose's ghost wrote the books alone, and that they pretended Laura wrote them as a way of marketing the books as true-life autobiographies from a real pioneer girl. See more »

Goofs

Despite being prairie women, it's clear, especially during later seasons that all of the female characters have hairdos which were professionally done, as well as manicured nails. Neither of these were "in fashion" for poor women in the 1880's Midwestern US. See more »

Quotes

Nellie Oleson: Half the time, you don't even SMELL like a girl! You're either sweaty, or you stink of fish!
Laura: Well... I sweat a lot and I fish a lot!
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Referenced in Roseanne: Home-Ec (1991) See more »

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29 September 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

The late Michael Landon spent his life as a part of our tv family. From 1959 when Bonanza came on the air until 1989 when Highway to Heaven was canceled, there was not a single year that he did not have a series on the air. That is a record that will stand for all time I believe. He specialized in creating high quality family programming. People don't generally realize that Mister Landon wrote and directed the majority of the episodes of Bonanza, Little House and Highway To Heaven. Little House showed us a simple, strong loving family who stayed together and solved their problems with the power of love and understanding. Michael was everyone's favorite strict but loving father. Melissa Gilbert said she really looked upon him as a father figure and the chemistry between Half Pint and Pa showed it. Thru Mary's blindness and her baby's death to Laura's marriage and all the other problems the Ingalls stayed together. The show had a first class ensemble cast and everyone did a wonderful job at creating colorful characters from Victor French's lovable Mister Edwards to Katherine MacGregor's snobby, mean Mrs. Olsen. What I like is the fact that Harriet Olsen always got her "comeuppance" at the end of every episode as did Nellie, but they never really did learn their lesson. One episode I remember particularly well was the one where Richard Mulligan played a Cival War veteran who was still troubled by his experiences at the Battle of Shiloh. He had ran away in battle and was seriously addicted to morphine. Mulligan was brilliant in the part and unlike most episodes, this one had a completely tragic ending. He killed himself. Also, the episode where Albert became an addict was excellent. People made fun of the scene where he vomits on Pa during withdrawal but that is exactly what happens to addicts when they go through it. Matthew Laborteaux visited rehab centers to research his part and it shows. It is a chilling look at the horrors of drug abuse.


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