19 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of TV Classic ‘Little House on the Prairie’ (1974-1983)

Little House on the Prairie (later known as Little House: A New Beginning in its sequel season) is an American Western historical drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson, about a family living on a farm in Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of Little House books. In 1972, with the encouragement of his wife and daughter, television producer and former NBC executive Ed Friendly acquired the film and television rights to Wilder’s novels from Roger Lea MacBride and engaged Blanche Hanalis to write the teleplay for a two-hour motion picture pilot. Friendly then asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot; Landon agreed on the condition that he could also play Charles Ingalls.

The regular series was preceded by a two-hour pilot movie, which first aired on March 30, 1974. The pilot was based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s third Little House book in the series, Little House on the Prairie. The series premiered on the NBC network on September 11, 1974, and last aired on May 10, 1982. During the 1982–83 television season, with the departure of Landon and Grassle, a sequel series was broadcast with the new title Little House: A New Beginning, generally considered Season Nine for syndicated packages. (Wikipedia)

Melissa Gilbert (as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder) and Alison Arngrim (as Nellie Oleson) film a scene in a river for episode 9.
Actor/director Michael Landon on set with actors Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson and Charlotte Stewart.
Chief Geronimo Kuth Le (right) on set as Long Elk.
Michael Landon stunt double Hal Burton performs a stunt with a horse.
A set for the pilot episode.
Victor French as Isaiah Edwards and Mitch Vogel as Johnny Johnson film a scene.
A blizzard scene is filmed on a soundstage.
Victor French and Michael Landon ride a golf cart to the cast Christmas party.
Melissa Gilbert passes the time on set.
Stylist Larry Germain adjusts Melissa Gilbert’s hair.
Michael Landon receives a touchup.
Melissa Gilbert stays in the shade between takes.
Chief Geronimo Kuth Le has his costume adjusted by designer Richalene Kelsay.
Michael Landon stunt double Hal Burton.
Michael Landon on set as director.
Michael Landon directs an episode in partial costume.
Michael Landon directs an episode while in costume as Charles Philip Ingalls.
Melissa Gilbert, in costume as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, chews gum in between takes.
Matthew Labyorteaux and Melissa Gilbert rehearse a scene.

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