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Little House on the Prairie 

Little House on the Prairieis a TV miniseries based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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Cameron Bancroft ...  Charles Ingalls 6 episodes, 2005
Erin Cottrell ...  Caroline Ingalls 6 episodes, 2005
Kyle Chavarria ...  Laura Ingalls 6 episodes, 2005
Danielle C. Ryan ...  Mary Ingalls 6 episodes, 2005
Gregory Sporleder ...  Mr. Edwards 6 episodes, 2005
Griffin Powell-Arcand ...  Young Indian Boy 6 episodes, 2005
Gina Stockdale Gina Stockdale ...  Mrs. Scott 4 episodes, 2005
James Cosmo ...  Mr. Scott 4 episodes, 2005
Dorian Harewood ...  Dr. Tan 4 episodes, 2005
Byron Chief-Moon Byron Chief-Moon 4 episodes, 2005
Royal Sproule Royal Sproule ...  Post Master 4 episodes, 2005
Darcy Singer Darcy Singer ...  Fierce Looking Indian 4 episodes, 2005
Nathaniel Arcand ...  Kiowa Brave 4 episodes, 2005
Matthew Walker Matthew Walker 2 episodes, 2005
Christina Jastrzembska 2 episodes, 2005
Shaun Johnson Shaun Johnson ...  Tom 2 episodes, 2005
Gerald Matthews Gerald Matthews ...  Prairie Husband 2 episodes, 2005
Richard Halliday 2 episodes, 2005
Jimmy Herman ...  Osage 2 episodes, 2005
Kait Shane Kait Shane ...  Prairie Wife 2 episodes, 2005
Darren Arsenault Darren Arsenault ...  Chet 2 episodes, 2005
Christopher Hunt Christopher Hunt ...  Storekeeper 2 episodes, 2005
Tim Koetting Tim Koetting ...  Major Callaghan 2 episodes, 2005
Stafford Lawrence Stafford Lawrence ...  Old Man Winterson 2 episodes, 2005
Craig Koskimaki Craig Koskimaki ...  Uncle Henry 2 episodes, 2005
J.C. Roberts J.C. Roberts ...  Smitty 2 episodes, 2005
Rob Ullett Rob Ullett ...  Clerk 2 episodes, 2005
Barbara Beall ...  Aunt Docie 2 episodes, 2005
Sammy Simon Sammy Simon ...  Medicine Man 2 episodes, 2005
Allen Belcourt Allen Belcourt ...  Young Indian Warrior 2 episodes, 2005
Ron Waller Ron Waller ...  Mr. Gunderson 2 episodes, 2005
Allan Little Mustache Allan Little Mustache ...  Old Warrior 2 episodes, 2005
Geoffrey Ewert Geoffrey Ewert ...  Townsman 2 episodes, 2005
Daniel Jeffery ...  Boy 2 episodes, 2005
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Little House on the Prairieis a TV miniseries based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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25 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Little House on the Prairie See more »

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Alberta, Canada See more »

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Little House (Voice) Inc. See more »
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(3 episodes)

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Remake of Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »

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A reasonably faithful rendition of an old favorite
11 April 2005 | by SlinkyBirdSee all my reviews

Being a tremendous fan of the books (and being one who hated the 70s TV show with the heat of a thousand suns), I have to say this series is... not bad.

The script is relatively true to the Little House On the Prarie book. Except for the inexplicable New Age nonsense inflicted on poor old Jack (spirit dog frightening the savages, my Aunt Fanny), all the changes make sense in the context of a TV miniseries. There's no need to bother casting a Carrie, a toddler whose literary counterpart isn't old enough to talk. There's also no real need to go into all the pioneering how-to, however fascinating such details are in the book.

The cast is tremendously likable, especially Erin Cottrell, whose portrayal of Caroline Ingalls is both saintly and human, just as the character was written in the stories. Gregory Sporleder does a terrific turn as Mr. Edwards, the wildcat bachelor from Tennessee.

Where the miniseries fails is at the adaptation level, not in the performances. The author of the teleplay, Katie Ford, has injected too much of a modern sensibility. The Charles of the book would not in a thousand years have expressed his appreciation for Caroline's sacrifices by weeping as if he were on Oprah. Caroline's whining about dressing up, Mary's "sassing" an adult (an adult who was expressing fear and hatred towards the Native Americans, an attitude common to white settlers of the time), and Laura's constant disobedience of her father's orders to stay on the homestead - these all ring falsely to anyone who ever enjoyed the iconic series of books.

However, with that aside, it must be said that LHOTP:2005 is a completely inoffensive, sweet little series. It's beautifully shot, evenly paced, nicely casted, and tailor-made for the "Wonderful World of Disney/Saturday evening movie" brand.


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