Looking at the photograph above takes me right back to when I was a young girl sitting in my bean bag in the family room at my family home, probably snacking on something, all ready to watch my favourite TV family. Oh I loved them all so much!! Charles, the Dad (so handsome and strong and that smile!). Caroline, the Mum (so kind and understanding), and of course their daughters – Mary, Laura (her Dad affectionately called her ‘Half Pint’) and Carrie. This show made me feel warm and fuzzy, snug and happy.
“Little House on the Prairie” is one of the most successful dramatic series in television history. It began with the pilot in March of 1974, which introduced the Ingalls family to millions of viewers around the world. It was subsequently picked up as a series in September of that year and ran for nine seasons until 1983. Altogether, there are 210 shows with 216 ½ hours of programming, including the three two-hour specials produced in the tenth year. It’s about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, USA in the 1870s and 1880s. The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s best-selling series of Little House books.
The Ingalls family were cast as follows:
Charles Ingalls (the Dad) – Michael Landon
Caroline Ingalls (the Mum) – Karen Grassle
Mary Ingalls (Eldest daughter) – Melissa Sue Anderson
Laura Ingalls (Middle daughter) – Melissa Gilbert
Carrie Ingalls (Youngest daughter) – Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (twin sisters)
There was a fourth daughter – Grace Ingalls (played by twin sisters Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh), a couple of adopted sons and one adopted daughter that came along later too. I don’t seem to recall these characters but that might just be my middle-aged brain needing some refreshing!
I was crazy for the books too! I recall taking these along to primary school with me and could often be found reading them in the playground during lunch breaks. These books were all written by THE Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The books were based on her life growing up. You can read more about her here and I highly recommend watching this short clip (2 minutes, 57 secs) about her.
Did you know that The Complete Series Gift Set became available On October 6, 2015. The set includes 48 discs featuring all nine fully restored and remastered seasons and eight hours of bonus material. It’s presented in an iconic Little House package, featuring a recreation of the Ingalls family home. You can go here if you want to learn more or buy it. This is not a sponsored post by any means, it’s just that I truly believe this series is something special and no-one should miss out on seeing it. This gift set is something I am seriously considering myself. I would love to watch every single show all over again and be transported back to Walnut Grove and the day to day life of the Ingalls family, and I’d love for my kids, nieces, nephews and any future grandkids to have access to viewing this wonderful series.
Here’s a treat, a sneak peak – the “Little House on the Prairie” Remastered Edition Trailer (only 1 minute 35 seconds):
Did you love watching Little House on the Prairie? Who was your favourite character? Does this show bring back lovely childhood memories for you too? If you haven’t yet watched this series, you simply must – trust me!
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