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A long-running drama based upon the "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Little House on the Prairie" follows the lives of the simple, farming Ingalls family: Charles, Caroline, Mary, Laura, Carrie and then Grace and the later adopted Albert, James and Cassandra, who settle into a quaint little house on the banks of Plum Creek near the small town of Walnut Grove during the late 1800s. Often narrated by Laura, the series follows her simple farm upbringing from her childhood until her adulthood with Almanzo Wilder with whom she starts a family of her own. While the series is based upon the Little House books (and thus the real life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder), it is a very loose adaptation, with mostly only key events and elements of fact surviving the transition from book to TV series, the most important being Mary's eventual blindness, and Laura's future. Several other fictitious (some factual) characters make up the friendly community of Walnut Grove, including teacher Miss Beadle (succeeded by two other teachers, then Laura, then Etta Plum), Dr. Hiram Baker, Rev. Robert Alden, Mr. Hanson (of the Hanson lumber mill), and the well-to-do Olesons, owners of the local mercantile, and also the primary rivals of the Ingalls family (except the Oleson patriarch). Family friends include the Edwards family, the Garvey family and the Carters, who, in the final season, move into the Ingalls' little house.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Aug 29, 1983
Premiere September 22, 1972
Episodes 304
Network NBC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Jack Lilley....   2nd Stage Driver
Linwood Boomer....   Adam Kendall (1978-1981)
Matthew Laborteaux....   Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978-1982)
Hersha Parady....   Alice Garvey (1977-1980)
Kyle Richards....   Alicia Sanderson Edwards (1975-1977, 1979, 1982)
Dean Butler....   Almanzo James Wilder (1979-1983)
Queenie Smith....   Amanda 'May' Whipple (1974-1977)
Patrick Labyorteaux....   Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977-1981)
Kelly Thordsen....   Baker Makay
Bryce Berg....   Boy (1976-1977)
Brian Part....   Carl Sanderson Edwards (#1) (1975-1977)
Karen Grassle....   Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974-1982)
Sidney Greenbush....   Carrie Ingalls (1974-1982)
Lindsay Greenbush....   Carrie Ingalls (1974-1982)
Missy Francis....   Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (1981-1982)
Michael Landon....   Charles Philip Ingalls (1974-1982)
Tracie Savage....   Christy Kennedy (1974-1975)
Kevin Hagen....   Dr. Hiram Baker
Ted Gehring....   Ebenezer Sprague (1975-1976)
Lucy Lee Flippin....   Eliza Jane Wilder (1979-1980)
Leslie Landon....   Etta Plum (1982-1983)
Charlotte Stewart....   Eva Beadle Simms (1974-1978)
Brenda Turnbaugh....   Grace Ingalls (1978-1982)
Wendi Turnbaugh....   Grace Ingalls (1978-1982)
Bonnie Bartlett....   Grace Snider Edwards (#1) (1974-1977)
James Jeter....   Hans Dorfler (1974-1978)
Scottie MacGregor....   Harriet Oleson
Ketty Lester....   Hester-Sue Terhune (1978-1983)
Victor French....   Isaiah Edwards (1974-1977, 1981-1983)
Jason Bateman....   James Cooper Ingalls (1981-82)
D. White....   Jason (1980)
David Friedman....   Jason Carter (1982-1983)
Lindsay Kennedy....   Jeb Carter (1982-1983)
Shannen Doherty....   Jenny Wilder (1982-1983)
Stan Ivar....   John Carter (1982-1983)
Radames Pera....   John Sanderson Edwards (1975-1977)
Mitch Vogel....   Johnny Johnson (1974-1975)
Merlin Olsen....   Jonathan Garvey (1977-1981)
Hermione Baddeley....   Kezia (1977-1979)
Karl Swenson....   Lars Hanson (1974-1978)
Melissa Gilbert....   Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder
Melissa Sue Anderson....   Mary Ingalls Kendall (1974-1981)
Jonathan Hall Kovacs....   Matthew Rogers (1982-83)
Ruth Foster....   Melinda Foster (1978-1983)
Sam Edwards....   Mr. Anderson (1978-83)
Allison Balson....   Nancy Oleson (1981-1983)
Alison Arngrim....   Nellie Oleson Dalton (1974-1981)
Richard Bull....   Nelson "Nels" Oleson
Steve Tracy....   Percival Isaac Cohen Dalton (1980-1981)
Dabbs Greer....   Reverend Robert Alden
Jennifer Steffin....   Rose Wilder (1982-83)
Michelle Steffin....   Rose Wilder (1982-83)
Robert Hoffman....   Sandy Kennedy (1974)
Pamela Roylance....   Sarah Reed Carter (1982-1983)
Michelle Downey....   Susan Goodspeeed-Sue (1978-1980)
Vince Tortell....   Thomas (1979)
Ivan Wideman....   Thomas (1978)
Richard Lilley....   Townsman (1982)
Rod McGaughy....   Townsman (1979-1982)
Jonathan Gilbert....   Willie Oleson
E. J. André....   Zachariah/Jed Cooper (1977/1981, 1982)

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Season 6 (Goldhil)
(October 26, 2004) Buy It (USA)
Season 7 (Goldhil)
(February 15, 2005) Buy It (USA) (Canada)
Season 8 (Goldhil)
(June 14, 2005) Buy It (USA) (Canada)

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