Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
| 11 September 1974 (USA)
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    That was an excellent one.

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    Absolutely Brilliant!

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    Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.

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    The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.

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    This "family values" show had it all: bullying, statutory rape by a mime with a resultant pregnancy, premarital sex and other out of wedlock births, infidelity, kidnappings on numerous occasions, death from anthrax and typhus, morphine drug addiction, arson, murder, theft, adultery, teen marriage and divorce, lies, deceit, assault, attempted murder, runaways, fat shaming, bed-wetting or just wetting yourself in public for no reason, racism, prostitution, suicide, alcoholism, old lady faking her death so her kids would visit, raising a poor child in a cage to be on the circus circuit as the Wild Boy, a rich biyatch who fakes paralysis so they will shoot and kill her enemy friend's horse, death from AIDS, San Francisco bath houses, and lots of deaths, including a poor infant baby whose head was used to bash out a window of a burning blind school.....And this is in a town of like 20 people!!!! I really loved this show. Love it even more as an adult.It's supposed to be based around the life of Laura, who lies, steals, cheats, puts apples in her dress to look older, gets married at 16 and then becomes a shrew to her bi-curious husband Zaldamo.When I started watching Dynasty my parents were okay with it because as they said "It can't be worse than what you were exposed to with Little House on the Prairie!" You have to read between the lines though the writers really don't give you much space, it's all pretty obvious. I'd watch it with a nice cabernet, and down a glass every time Laura or anyone performs the "TARA", the Turn And Run Away, whenever she's confronted with her evil sinful actions.We're supposed to like Laura, but she is spoilt and a criminal. Nellie Oleson was the star. She needed more screen time. In fact the show should have been called "Rich Mercantile on the Prairie" and focused on the Olesons.....

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    This show is a classic. It delved deep into emotions with a lot of crying and dramatic moments. It touched upon an intimacy that was never shown in other programs like it before. I also haven't watched another series that captured things quite like this one did.There's emotional moments everywhere and kind heartiness throughout. I can't think of one person who I watched this show with in childhood who hasn't cried in one way or another. It had a powerful impact and did it by touching on sensitive feelings that we often feel ourselves.My dad used to call it the "cry baby" show which it was, but at the same time, it delivered good messages about faith, humanity and "love thy neighbour". I have to admit the father/son relationship between Albert and Charles was a major highlight. Charles always showed his caring and loving parental skills, but the time when he helped Albert get "detoxed" from his morphine addiction, was a powerful moment indeed. There was also the deeply moving relationship between Laura and "Pa" which made it plainly clear how much she looked up to him. There was also the bad side of the show and focuses on such arrogant characters as Mrs. Oleson. Her snobby, discriminatory attitude was evident, but at the same time, she could also show a kind side. I have to admit, I found her money hungry antics entertaining and how she always got her "just desserts" for her negativity. It was also good that the kindly Mr. Oleson was there to act as the "conscious" and balance between good and evil in his marriage to Harriet. The townsfolk were just as unforgettable as well, with the likes of the jovial Mr. Edwards and the "I-always-have-bad-news" Doctor Baker. Reverend Aldin was also a treat as the kindly church preacher helping the Walnut Grove population with their numerous troubles. He was a major anchor in hero township and always made sure everyone followed the proper path.I recently bought the Season 9 DVD from a second hand store and, I have to admit, the show was still good under "Little House - A New Beginning". It just wasn't the same though after Charles and family pulled up stakes and moved to the city. The Carter family taking over the "little house" just never felt right though John Carter was sexy stuff indeed. Regardless of that, he couldn't quite capture the magic of the Charles Ingalls era.Nothing can ever beat the pure dramatic flare of this show. It touched upon so many tragedies and social issues of the day and showed it with powerful drama. I highly recommend it.

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    "Little House on the Prairie", which originally aired on NBC from 1974 through 1983, depicts an American family's struggle to survive in pioneer America in the late 19th century. The television series was based on the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.The series was largely written by, directed, and starred Michael Landon, who was a television veteran of the program 'Bonanza'.In "Little House", Landon portrays Charles Ingalls. Along with his wife Caroline (Karen Grassle) and children Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert), and Carrie (Lindsay-Sidney Greenbush), the Ingalls family endures tremendous hardships in their daily lives, including life among American Indians, crop failures, disease, hunger, wild animals, rough weather, and their neighbors in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The series is depicted from the perspective of Laura Ingalls.My favorite character in the series is Harriet Oleson, portrayed by Katherine MacGregor. To prevent the story lines from becoming stale, it is crucial for every successful series to have a good villain. Along with her TV daughter Nellie, Harriet Oleson is without a doubt one of the most appealing villains in TV history. Week after week during the 1970s, Harriet Oleson (and her daughter Nellie) did everything possible to make the lives of the Ingalls family difficult.At the end of each episode, however, it was the Ingalls family who inevitably endured and survived life's challenges due to their belief in God, community spirit, work ethic, and mutual love and devotion to one another.My siblings and I watched "Little House on the Prairie" each and every Monday night while growing up in the 1970s. During my childhood, I recall that it was not considered "cool" to admit that you watched this program, although it was consistently a top-rated program during it's original run on NBC."Little House on the Prairie" is an American television classic that has endured the test of time. Belief in God, helping your fellow neighbor, a solid work ethic, and family values are all promoted by this outstanding program.

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    What can I say? I', an older 42 year old guy who basically can't stand all the new reality TV these days. It makes one really appreciate what a "real quality show is". Little House on the Prairie is an absolute classic TV series drama that was acted and directed completely by professionals. Moving episodes that made you laugh, cry, touched your heart and mind and kind of made one want to be a better person after watching. There aren't any TV shows that can do that these days(few exceptions). The characters, TV sets, music, and stories were all first rate. The morals of the stories were very clear and acted to perfection. (Talk about our old default TV shows!!). What I mean by default is that you the viewer were pretty much guaranteed to be entertained without fail with this TV show. One could hardly say that today with all the "crap" out there nowadays. You can clearly see this show was from a "different era" where honesty and integrity were at the core of the Mr. Landon's Values. Find this on DVD, keep it. An absolute "must" for any collector of the best of classic television shows. 10 out of 10

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