Little House on the Prairie

The long-running award-winning family drama was based upon the series of “Little House” autobiographical books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Television producer and NBC executive Ed Friendly became aware of the endearing and enduring story in the early 1970s. He asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot movie. He said he would if he could also play the father. The Time: beginning in the 1870s.
The Place: the American frontier – more specifically (mostly) Walnut Grove / Plum Creek, Minnesota.
The Characters: the Ingalls family – as seen through the eyes of
Laura Ingalls – the precocious, winsome second daughter of
Charles ‘Pa’ – a homesteader farmer/woodworker; demanding and compassionate.
Caroline ‘Ma’ – sensitive and understanding wife and mother.
Mary – pretty older sister (12 when the series began), who would become blind due to illness.
Carrie – cute younger sister.
Jack – the loyal, lovable family dog. (he would be replaced by Bandit in the season 4 premier

Information

Airs
NBC
First Aired On:
1974-09-01
Genres
Drama
Actors
Dabbs Greer, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Steffin, Jonathan Gilbert, Karen Grassle, Katherine MacGregor, Lindsay, Lindsay Greenbush, Linwood Boomer, Melissa Sue Anderson, Merlin Olsen, Michael Landon, Michelle Steffin, Patrick Labyorteaux, Sidney Greenbush, Wendi Turnbaugh

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