Little House on the Prairie

1974 TV-G 5 seasons

Little House on the Prairie

1974 TV-G 5 seasons
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This smash-hit drama series stars Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls, a loving family man and hardworking Minnesota homesteader who faces plenty of adversity while raising spirited daughter Laura (Melissa Gilbert) and the rest of his family. While Ma (Karen Grassle) and Pa struggle to make ends meet, Laura and her siblings, including Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), spar with the rotten Olsen kids, frolic on the frontier and have other adventures.
Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greenbush, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson, Scottie MacGregor, Richard Bull, Jonathan Gilbert, Kevin Hagen, Alison Arngrim, Matthew Laborteaux
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  8

Summary of Season 1 (1974) - 6 discs

Relive the entire first season of the beloved television series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's novels about the trials and tribulations of a young family that settles on the wild Minnesota frontier during the late 19th century. Join older sister Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson) and "Half-Pint" Laura (Melissa Gilbert) as they learn a heap of life lessons under the wings of their warm-hearted and hard-working parents (Michael Landon and Karen Grassle).
Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-G - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama is set on the American frontier in the late 19th century, so aspects of daily life may seem foreign to younger viewers who lack historical understanding. The Ingalls family is a model of mutual respect and affection. Some story lines deal with serious matters such as the plague and other epidemics, infant mortality, the death of a parent, and the threat of neighboring Native Americans. Though the bulk of the show's content is gentle and controversy-free, occasional episodes touch on more serious subjects, from sexual assault to racism. Parents may find themselves answering questions about American history and geography, which is just one great reason to watch this epic series.

Sexual Content

Budding romances sometimes are mixed into the plot, but, as was customary during the time in which the series is set, there's very little outright flirting and nearly no physical contact.


At least one gun usually is prominent and accessible in each home, and the men use them for hunting or -- more rarely -- self-defense. Physical punishment is the norm in some households, and children who break the rules often face their father's belt.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Episodes stress the importance and collective power of family, community, and the Christian faith. Some story lines also deal with mature matters, including death, illness, loss, and addiction.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main adult male character smokes a pipe. When alcoholism or drug use is portrayed, the consequences are always severe. Heavy drinking is usually limited to men in saloons.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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