Little House on the Prairie
- 9 Seasons
Little House on the Prairie is a family drama set in the Old West, giving a whole different perspective from the usual gunfighters and cowboys that we associate with the genre. Loosely based on the perennial favorite series of autobiographical books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie follows the lives and troubles of a small family of homesteaders settling in the American West during the 1870s and 1880s. Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) and his wife Caroline (Karen Grassle) move to a farm in the open lands of Kansas. They bring with them their three young daughters; Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert) and Carrie (Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush). They lives on the frontier are beset by problems ranging from the weather, to illness, to a hostile landscape, and numerous other troubles. But together and with the help of their neighbors they try to persevere. Michael Landon was already a well known television star of similarly American themed and wholesome fare when he joined the show, and he also had a hand at directing and writing many of the episodes.