Little House on the Prairie

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  • TV-PG
  • 1974
  • 9 Seasons
  • 7.4  (21,070)

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.

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Hello and Goodbye
22. Hello and Goodbye
March 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.
May I Have This Dance?
21. May I Have This Dance?
March 14, 1983
As he gets ready to graduate, Willie surprises his parents by telling them that he has no intention of going to college. Instead, he wants to stay in Walnut Grove, run the restaurant, and marry his sweetheart Rachel Brown.
For The Love of Blanche
20. For The Love of Blanche
March 7, 1983
Mr. Edwards and the residents of Walnut Grove make friends with an orangutan. But the friendship and the fun-loving primate's life may be short-lived when Nancy and Mrs. Olesen cause trouble.
The Last Summer
19. The Last Summer
February 21, 1983
Jason Carter starts working for an old lady. Jason becomes great friends of the lady. However, Jason's mom believes the lady is being too nice. Jason is forbidden to work for the old lady until Sarah finds out that the lady will soon die.
A Child With No Name
18. A Child With No Name
February 14, 1983
After Laura and Almonzo's son dies, a grieving Laura blames Doc Baker, causing the rest of the town to turn their backs on him. However, when Rose comes down with small pox, Laura reluctantly lets the doctor treat the baby.
Home Again (2)
17. Home Again (2)
February 7, 1983
When Albert continually breaks the law, Charles takes him out of the big city and back to Walnut Grove. Albert doesn't change in Walnut Grove because he is addicted to morphine. Charles finally forces Albert to stop using morphine. He stays with Albert while he goes through withdrawal. Thanks to Charles, Albert is no longer addicted to morphine. We find out at the end of the show that Albert will become Dr. Albert Ingalls.
Home Again (1)
16. Home Again (1)
February 7, 1983
When Albert continually breaks the law, Charles takes him out of the big city and back to Walnut Grove. Albert doesn't change in Walnut Grove because he is addicted to morphine. Charles finally forces Albert to stop using morphine. He stays with Albert while he goes through withdrawal. Thanks to Charles, Albert is no longer addicted to morphine. We find out at the end of the show that Albert will become Dr. Albert Ingalls.
Once Upon a Time
15. Once Upon a Time
January 24, 1983
Laura writes a book for a book writing contest. Her book is chosen. She travels to Minneapolis to work out a deal with the publisher. However, when the publisher wants her to change some parts in her book, she withdraws from the contest and goes back home.
The Older Brothers
14. The Older Brothers
January 17, 1983
The Older Brothers is a gang that used to have a notorious reputation. First they hold up Mr. Edwards but end up losing the money. Then they try to get ransom money for Mr. Edwards but that doesn't go very well.
Sins of the Fathers
13. Sins of the Fathers
January 10, 1983
When Mrs. Carter's mother dies, Sarah Carter's father comes to town. He tries to get the Carters to come with home back to New York. He wants the Carters to have a better life. The Carters tell him that home sweet home is in Walnut Grove. After a while, Sarah's father begins to understand while the Carters feel this way.
Marvin's Garden
12. Marvin's Garden
January 3, 1983
Jenny looses a necklace in a pond and almost drowns trying to get it. After the incident, she has partial brain damage and has to retrain herself to talk and walk. Jenny's friend, a retired doctor, helps Jenny to force herself to get better. Thanks to him, Jenny makes a complete recovery.
Alden's Dilemma
11. Alden's Dilemma
December 6, 1982
When a new minister comes to town, Mr. Edwards believes that he is out to get Reverend Alden's job and to turn the heads of the married women in town, especially those of Laura and Sara. Meanwhile, John and Almonzo run into some bad luck while going to a Grange meeting in San Francisco.
Love
10. Love
November 29, 1982
When a former student from Walnut Grove's Blind School returns to town, she and Mr. Edwards soon hit it off. After learning that Jane will be undergoing a surgery to restore her sight, Mr. Edwards starts to worry that she won't want to be with him after she discovers the difference in their ages.
The Empire Builders
9. The Empire Builders
November 22, 1982
The people of Walnut Grove are at first excited when the railroad wants to build through the town. This excitement doesn't last long. The railroad tells several people that they must leave their houses. The people make a stand at the Carter's place. This delay in building convinces the railroad to find a different route.
The Return of Nellie
8. The Return of Nellie
November 15, 1982
Nellie comes back to Walnut Grove, making Nancy run away.
The Wild Boy (2)
7. The Wild Boy (2)
November 8, 1982
Mr. Edwards is hiding the boy, but is ordered by a judge to put him in a mental hospital.
The Wild Boy (1)
6. The Wild Boy (1)
November 1, 1982
The people of Walnut Grove try to rescue a boy who cannot speak when they see him apart of a carnival show.
Little Lou
5. Little Lou
October 25, 1982
Mrs. Oleson tries to keep Lou Bates, a little person who has recently lost his wife in childbirth, from getting a job.
Rage
4. Rage
October 18, 1982
Mr. Stark tries to kill his wife and daughter after going bankrupt. He somehow gets in the Wilder house, and mistakes Laura and Jenny for his wife and daughter.
Welcome To Olesonville
3. Welcome To Olesonville
October 11, 1982
After Harriet finds a Walnut Grove bearer bond while cleaning Lars Hanson's home, she demands that if the town doesn't change its ways to suit her family; then they will have to pay her over $14,000. However, Harriet gets a surprise when one of the town founders comes into Walnut Grove during the town's first mayoral election with the intent of having his bond being paid off before hers.
Times are Changing (2)
2. Times are Changing (2)
October 4, 1982
Royal, Almanzo's brother, wants his brother and Laura to take care of his daughter, Jenny, because he is dying. Jenny tries to kill herself, upset by her father's death.
Times are Changing (1)
1. Times are Changing (1)
September 27, 1982
The Ingalls sell their home and leave Walnut Grove, and Laura quits teaching to stay home with Rose.
Description

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.

Little House on the Prairie is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (207 episodes). The series first aired on September 11, 1974.

Where to Watch Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Little House on the Prairie on demand at Philo, Sling, Apple TV, IMDb TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    September 11, 1974
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (21,070)