LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE
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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, 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.
Written by Ondre Lombard
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls / ... (199 episodes, 1974-1983)
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls (182 episodes, 1974-1983)
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls (172 episodes, 1974-1982)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls / ... (171 episodes, 1974-1982)
Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls / ... (170 episodes, 1974-1982)
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls / ... (162 episodes, 1974-1981)
Scottie MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson (148 episodes, 1974-1983)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson (142 episodes, 1974-1983)
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson (140 episodes, 1974-1983)
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker (113 episodes, 1974-1983)
Alison Arngrim ... Nellie Oleson / ... (105 episodes, 1974-1982)
Matthew Laborteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls / ... (87 episodes, 1976-1983)
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden (76 episodes, 1974-1983)
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder (62 episodes, 1979-1983)
Wendi Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls (59 episodes, 1978-1982)
Brenda Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls (59 episodes, 1978-1982)
Ruth Foster ... Melinda Foster (58 episodes, 1974-1983)
Victor French,, Karl Swenson, Patricia Neal, John Ireland
and many others
Series Directed by
Michael Landon (88 episodes, 1974-1983)
William F. Claxton (68 episodes, 1974-1981)
Maury Dexter (21 episodes, 1979-1983)
Victor French (18 episodes, 1974-1983)
Leo Penn (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Produced by
Michael Landon .... executive producer (203 episodes, 1974-1983)
Kent McCray .... associate producer / producer (202 episodes, 1974-1983)
Series Writing Credits
Laura Ingalls Wilder (202 episodes, 1974-1983)
Michael Landon (47 episodes, 1974-1983)
and many others
Series Original Music by
David Rose (204 episodes, 1974-1983)
* In the "The Last Farewell", they really did blow up the town. Producer/star Michael Landon didn't want the bulldozers to crush the buildings. So he wrote a story which gave the inhabitants the chance to destroy their town themselves. They did not however destroy the home that the Ingalls had lived in. That was destroyed by the fires in California in late 2003.
* Out of the many young girls who auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls, Michael Landon was convinced immediately that 'Melissa Gilbert' was the perfect candidate. In fact, he was so certain that Gilbert's was the only screen test that he sent to the producers at NBC
* Alison Arngrim originally auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls, but was not successful. She then tried out for the role of Laura's sister Mary, to the same avail. However, when auditioning for the role of "Nasty" Nellie Oleson, she was hired on the spot for playing mean so convincingly.
* In the episode "Here Come the Brides", Scottie MacGregor was actually injured in the scene where Mrs. Olson falls off the horse. Because MacGregor was unable to do the next sequence, Ruth Foster (who plays Mrs. Foster in the show) dressed in Mrs. Olson's costume and filmed the scene for her instead.
* The character Charles Ingalls was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
* The character Nellie Oleson was ranked #3 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (27 March 2005 issue).
* Dean Butler remarked that the first kiss between him and 'Melissa Gilbert' (Laura) was so nerve-racking for everyone, that there were chaperones on the set to make sure nothing unseemly was going on. From the sidelines, Melissa's mother Barbara was wailing "My baby!" so much that she had to be consoled.
* In the episode "The Last Farewell", where the town of Walnut Grove is blown up, one of the few buildings left clearly standing was the church/schoolhouse.
* Mary's husband, Adam Kendall, was studying law when he went blind. Just before he regained his eyesight, he passed the bar. After he regained his eyesight, he began a law practice in Walnut Grove.
* Michael Landon had a unique way of inspiring child actors to cry when required for a scene. 'Melissa Gilbert' described how he would work himself up emotionally, face her with his eyes full of tears and ask her, "Do you know how much I love you?" to which she would get all teary and emotional in response.
* The theme song was penned by David Rose, who wrote many theme songs. However, he is best known for the 1962 Burlesque classic, The Stripper.
* Since Walnut Grove had no jail of it's own, Nels Oleson's ice house served as such for anyone awaiting trial.
* Although loosely based on the real stories penned by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the show took many liberties with different characters. The biggest example of this is the character of Albert Ingalls, who in fact never existed; Charles and Caroline Ingalls were the parents of four daughters, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and Grace.
* The first dog the Ingalls owned was Jack. After he died, they adopted a stray black and white dog named Bandit.
* Laura's favorite perfume was lemon verbena. Mr. Edwards gave it to her in two episodes. Once when she was a little girl, and again after she was grown up.
* CASTLE THUNDER: Heard every time it storms
* The only prime-time non-reality series to stay in production during the 1980 actors' strike and the 1981 writers' strike, which delayed both fall seasons. Michael Landon, representing NBC rather than a studio, negotiated deals with SAG and WGA to allow the show to continue filming under a separate contract, while the actors and writers continued to boycott the studios. (He did the same with the Writers Guild of America, purchasing scripts from the new members of the union, on the final season of "Highway to Heaven" (1984), which he owned. NBC didn't use his new episodes during the fall of 1988, though.)
* Actor E.J. André appeared on the series 7 times, in 5 different roles. The characters he portrayed were Zachariah, Jed Cooper, St. Peter, Matthew Simms and Amos Thoms.
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