The first season of Little House on the Prairie aired in 1974.
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder served as the inspiration for the American Western historical drama. The show starred Michael Langdon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson as a family who lived on a farm in Plum Creek, Minnesota, close to Walnut Grove.
The story takes place in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s respectively. The works covered a wide range of topics, including childcare, religious dogma, contemporary societal problems, and many more. The program was mostly a drama, but it also had a good deal of humor and other comedic and lighter moments. The former child actress, Melissa Gilbert, reflects with fondness on her time spent working on the program.
From 1974 till 1982, she played the character as Laura Ingalls.
Melissa now makes her home on the farm that she owns in Sullivan County, New York. She is all about living the simple life on the farm. She has become so used to working on the farm that she no longer blinks an eye when she gets blisters on her hands from shoveling or gets covered in dirt. As she likes to call it, it’s her very own “Little House on the Catskills.”
“It was like a very nice summer camp, but I also got to play the ultimate game of dress up and be in those beautiful costumes and button up boots, and I don’t recall their being a single moment when it wasn’t fun,” she said.
Reruns of the well acclaimed program are still being aired.
It is also seeing a rise in demand in recently. According to Melissa, it might be a result of everything that is happening in the globe right now. The story of Little House serves as a gentle reminder that life used to be much more simple. The nation was forced to contend with an oil crisis, a recession, and the Watergate affair during the seventies.
Just like it is nowdays. And if it has happened in the past and people have made it, then the former star believes that it is possible for it to happen once again. Compassion, community, faith, and love are the four pillars that are essential to overcome global problems we face today.Moreover, she does so while maintaining a cheerful attitude.
If you go back and watch some of the episodes, you’ll see that they appeared to predict what will happen in the year 2020. A plague?
What about a version that includes a quarantine? You bet!
There is even one that addresses the issue of race. The Ingalls family takes in and raises a kid who was born into slavery as they are traveling through Walnut Grove. In addition to this, the acting and the conversation are quite good. There are various points during the show that demand a moment of stop and reflection from the audience.
The fact that Melissa, who was just nine years old at the time, had a significant number of lines on the program was a serious challenge for her. Along with her comments, she performed a lot of running during the show, which was quite entertaining. She says that she has no memory of ever having walked.
Go back in time with Melissa in the video below.
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