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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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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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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

Each 45 minute episode took, on average, seven days to shoot requiring four days on location at Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley for 'Walnut Grove' exteriors (and various Hollywood studio backlots for "Sleepy Eye", "Mankato" "Winoka", etc.), and three days in the studio for all interiors. See more »

Goofs

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

Caroline: I'll be working for Nellie. It's not the same.
Charles: Besides a few pounds, there's no difference.
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Uneven Over 9 Years, Solid at its Core
21 April 2006 | by andyred-1See all my reviews

A well-written show with some definite episodes within "genres" (broad comedies, moral choices, adventure, family values, religion). As far as a complete body of work, the seasons best hold together in the first four years, ending with "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away" (you can believe that the family had faced issues and had to move as they moved previously, in the spirit of the books and the time period)...adding additional cast and bringing back characters afterward added some confusion and some continuity problems that are well documented. The last season of episodes and the last TV movies are often lambasted as not true to style, or by having substitute families, and while this is true to a point, the new characters often were used to tell similar stories.


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