Little House on the Prairie (1974)

Little House on the Prairie (1974)

This long-running NBC drama was based upon the best selling "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The show follows the lives of a simple farming family, the Ingalls: 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. The majority of the shows were narrated by Laura and the series follows her from when she and her family arrive to Walnut Grove until her adulthood with Almanzo Wilder with whom she starts a family of her own.

Even though the series is based upon the books that were the real life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the majority of the series plots are very loose adaptations, with 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, including teacher Miss Beadle (succeeded by two other teachers, then Laura, then Etta Plum), Dr. Hiram Baker, Rev. Robert Alden, Mr. Hanson (of the Hanson lumber mill), and the well-to-do Olesons, owners of the local mercantile, and also the primary rivals of the Ingalls family (except the Oleson patriarch). Family friends include the Edwards family, the Garvey family and the Carters, who, in the final season, move into the Ingalls' little house.

Episode Info

Final: 9x22 -- Hello and Goodbye (Mar/21/1983)

After an old friend passes away, Laura and Almonzo are surprised to learn that she willed them her home. Not wanting the large house to go to waste, Laura decides to turn it into a boarding house and soon discovers that a world famous author would like to rent a room. Meanwhile, Mr. Edwards is thrown for a loop when Matthew’s father arrives in Walnut Grove, looking to be apart of his son’s life.
Michael LandonMichael Landon
As Charles Ingalls (S01-S08)
Karen GrassleKaren Grassle
As Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (S01-S08)
Melissa GilbertMelissa Gilbert
As Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder
Melissa Sue AndersonMelissa Sue Anderson
As Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (S01-S07)
Lindsay GreenbushLindsay Greenbush
As Carrie Ingalls (S01-S08)
Sidney GreenbushSidney Greenbush
As Carrie Ingalls (S01-S08)
Dabbs GreerDabbs Greer
As Rev. Robert Alden
Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
As Dr. Hiram Baker
Charlotte StewartCharlotte Stewart
As Eva Beadle Simms (S01-S04)
Karl SwensonKarl Swenson
As Lars Hanson (S01-S04)

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8x5: A Wiser Heart recap: As the school year winds down in Walnut Grove, Laura gets a letter from Eliza Jane, inviting her to a summer literary seminar that is held in Arizona. After learning that Ralph Waldo Emerson will be the keynote speaker at the seminar, Almonzo and Laura decide to find a way for her to spend the summer going to school... read more.

6x5: Annabelle recap: As the residents of Walnut Grove get ready for a traveling circus to come to town, Nels is in for a surprise when he discovers that his sister Annabelle is the circus’ fat lady. At first Nels does his best to avoid going to the big top so he won’t have to see or talk to her, but eventually runs into her when he makes a delivery to blind school... read more.
Recurring Guests

Ruth Foster (1) as Mrs. Foster (40 eps)
Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson (30 eps)
Jonathan Gilbert as Willie Oleson (26 eps)
Bonnie Bartlett as Grace Snider (23 eps)
Ketty Lester as Janie Kagan (20 eps)
Brian Part as Carl Sanderson (19 eps)
Michelle Downey as Sarah Millar (19 eps)
Carl Pitti as Deputy Hill (18 eps)
Kyle Richards as Alicia Sanderson (17 eps)
Victor French as Mr. Isaiah Edwards (15 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Family
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 11, 1974
Ended: March 21, 1983
• A farm, ahol élünk (Used In Hungary)
• Little House: A New Beginning (final season title)
• Namelis prerijose (Used In Lithuania)
• Os Pioneiros
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