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Little House on the Prairie 

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.


Michael Landon


Blanche Hanalis, Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the "Little House" series of books by)

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Episode cast overview:
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 Cal Bellini ... Brave
Sam Vlahos ... 1st Indian
Richard Alarian Richard Alarian ... 2nd Indian
Marian Beeler Marian Beeler ... Charlotte Holbrook
John Steadman ... Frederick Holbrook
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Soldat Du Chene


Shortly after the Civil War, a young pioneer family tries to re-build their lives by moving to the prairies of Minnesota, with disastrous consequences. Pilot film to the long-running TV series. Written by <hiphats@pacbell.net>

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wisconsin | girl | prairie | kansas | river | See All (16) »








Release Date:

30 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little House on the Prairie See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original TV movie/pilot episode which aired on NBC in 1974 did not use the familiar classic David Rose theme song. It had a different theme song, but fans of the series will recognize it as a musical trope that reoccurs regularly throughout the series. See more »


Throughout the series, children seem to come and go in the school, but the school stays the same size, but they act like the new characters were there all the time. Also some characters only appear once, are said to have stayed, but disappear. See more »


Isaiah Edwards: Well, you may say I made his acquaintance when I came out of the saloon... uh... when I was coming out of the hotel in Independence.
Charles Ingalls: Independence? You went all the way to Independence in this blizzard? You gotta be mad!
Isaiah Edwards: Well, that's been said before. Well anyway, there he was. There he was just a standing there with his pack mule.
Laura Ingalls: Reindeer!
Isaiah Edwards: Well, he uses a pack mule out here. It's more practical. Well, I recognized him right away. Recognized him by his big, white beard and big, round belly. ...
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Alternate Versions

In Germany there are two different dubbed versions. The first one was only shown once on TV (on 30 May 1976). The second one was released on video in the 1980s and never shown on TV. See more »


Spoofed in Family Guy: Airport '07 (2007) See more »

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Perfect Family Series
15 July 2001 | by StffnIngllsSee all my reviews

I was lucky to grow up watching Little House and now with repeats I've found it still holds up against the best shows on offer.

Criticisms that the show is too sweet is a little unfair. The characters may be endearing and the children polite but this can not be seen as reason for dismissing the show. In fact not every episode had a happy ending.

The show also dealt with rascism, drugs and alcohol abuse from time to time. Mostly the show gained the impressive ratings with thought provoking story lines, good humour, a sense of love the characters displayed towards another and characters that people could identify with. The hardworking honest farmer (Charles Ingalls) and caring wife (Caroline) tomboy (Laura) studious sister (Mary) as well as the brow beaten store owner (Nells Oleson) his nagging wife (Harriet) and his terrible two-some children (Nellie and Willie) along with others.

The hardships the Ingalls faced were over come with the love they had for each other, friendships with those in the town and a solid belief in God and Christian values.

The show hit all the right places that a solid family drama series should and today it is very hard to find another show that can compare.

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