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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.

NBC
9 Seasons, 207 Episodes
September 11, 1974
Drama, Family
7.4/10
Cast: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Rachel Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greenbush
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Little House on the Prairie Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Nellie comes back to Walnut Grove, making Nancy run away.

  • Mr. Edwards is hiding the boy, but is ordered by a judge to put him in a mental hospital.

  • Mrs. Oleson tries to keep Lou Bates, a little person who has recently lost his wife in childbirth, from getting a job.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Ingalls sell their home and leave Walnut Grove, and Laura quits teaching to stay home with Rose.

  • James is in a coma, which is the result of him being shot, but Charles doesn't give up hope that he will heal.

  • James is at a bank when it is robbed, and he is shot. Charles wants Mr. Edwards to help him find the ones who shot him.

  • Caroline gets a call from a camp where she finds her old friend Louisa, who is pregnant and sick with the flu. She eventually dies, but her baby survives.

  • Mr. Edwards has started drinking again and his wife kicks him out of the house, so he returns to Walnut Grove. His drinking causes Albert to get injured.

  • The Wilder's trouble isn't over. A tornado destroys their home, and hurts Laura.

  • A hailstorm destroys Laura and Almanzo's crops, but it doesn't end there. Almanzo has a stroke, and Laura gives birth.

  • Hester-Sue's ex-husband shows up, wanting her back. He insists that he has given up bad habits.

  • James' and Cassandra's grand-uncle Jed wants custody of the two. What follows is a court battle.

  • The beginning set in 1982, some blueprints are discovered and are later to be found to be drawn by Charles. He has began cabinet-making to make a legacy for his family. But his design is stolen.

  • Laura thinks that she can take care of the farm while Almanzo is away, but the local children at the school have to save the crops when Laura suffers a heat stroke.

  • James becomes friends with a new kid, Gideon, but joins in on making fun of him when others do. This makes Gideon run away.

  • Mary, Adam, Hester Sue, the Wilders, and the Ingalls are all together for Christmas. The snow begins falling and soon they are snowed in by a blizzard. To pass time, several of them tell stories. Laura talks about the Christmas in Kansas when Mr. Edwards came.

  • Harriet sells her restaurant to a franchise, and Nels and Charles start a restaurant to rival hers.

  • When Elmer, a new kid in town develops a crush on Nancy, she takes advantage of his affection to do her chores around the house. It isn't until he realizes that she's been using him to get back at the school kids who have been giving her a hard time and have been making fun of his size, that he decides to quit school and to lose some weight. When the class goes to apologize for their actions, Elmer goes back to school.

  • When Mrs. Oleson refuses to pay the ransom of a kidnapped Nels, he gets mad after learning this. So, in order to get back at her, he helps his kidnappers get the ransom. After their plans go awry, the kidnappers let their hostages go with out hurting them.

  • While the students at the Walnut Grove School are enjoying their summer vacation, Laura decides to attend a literary seminar in Arizona with Eliza Jane. It doesn't take her long to discover that the professor teaching the class is more interested in starting a relationship with her than teaching the works of Emerson, Twain and other American novelists.

  • Doc Baker gets a new assistant, but isn't very happy that he's black.

  • Kids at school have to keep Nancy in control, and Hester-Sue comes to Walnut Grove and gets a job at the Olesons restraunt.

  • The Olesons adopt a little girl, Nancy, who looks and acts like Nellie.

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