Little House on the Prairie

1974, TV Show


Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner Split

Bruce Boxleitner and Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner have separated after 16 years of marriage, her rep tells

"We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," Gilbert said in a statement. "On behalf of our family we ...
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Football Hall of Famer and Actor Merlin Olsen Dies at 69

Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen, the Hall of Fame football star-turned-actor and commentator, has died. He was 69.

Olsen died Thursday of mesothelioma at City of Hope hospital outside of Los Angeles, Utah State University, his alma mater, said.

A three-time academic All-American at Utah State, Olsen signed with the Los Angeles Rams after college in 1962, where he became a star defensive tackle. In 1963, he was joined on the line by Deacon Jones, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form ...
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The Mummy: The Animated Series and Other Announced Releases

The Mummy - The Animated Series

New releases announced today, October 14:

Little House on the Prairie - Country School and Little House on the Prairie - Prairie Friends will be coming out January 20

The Mummy: The Animated Series - Volumes 1-3 will be coming out December 16

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Bones: Season 3 and Other Announced Releases

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz by Kwaku Alston/Fox

New releases announced today, August 12:Bones - Season 3 will be coming out November 11 Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Series will be coming out November 4 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

In response to Sarah's letter ...

Question: In response to Sarah's letter on TV being better 30 years ago (mentioning Little House on the Prairie), I pulled up the schedule from one of the years Little House ran. Among the listings: Operation Petticoat, Battlestar Galactica (the hokey original), Kaz, Grandpa Goes to Washington, What's Happening!!, Project UFO, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Flying High, Who's Watching the Kids, Carter Country. I watch a lot of TV, but I don't remember most of this list. When comparing to the past, it's best to remember (a paraphrasing of) Sturgeon's Law: 90 percent of everything is junk. Some of these shows may have been popular, but they're not the shows we remember. I happen to think we're in a new golden age of TV drama. But 30 years from now when we remember Lost, Buffy, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, and Dexter, we'll conveniently forget Moment of Truth, The Swan, Bionic Woman, 'Til Death, According to Jim, Dirt and a host of shows (both popular and unpopular) that are ... read more

Do you ever think that TV ...

Question: Do you ever think that TV shows, even with all the money spent on them these days, aren't as enjoyable as they were 20 or 30 years ago? If you were not a TV critic and couldn't search out and watch the gems, would the modern TV landscape hold any interest for you? As a child, my mom and I were addicted to Little House on the Prairie, and later, I used to look forward all day to watching the Thursday night lineup on NBC. But now everything seems so different. If people aren't being tortured, killed and autopsied on camera, they're living in a house together ready to kill each other. I guess it's best that kids aren't addicted to TV like I was, but  it still seems the total package just isn't as appealing as it was. Answer: I don't hold to the notion that TV was that much better in the "good old days" — except, I suppose, when it comes to TV comedy, which really is in a noticeable downturn right now. The modern TV landscape, as you put it, is enlivened and enriched by its ... read more

The Results Are In: TV's Most Heartwarming Shows Ever!

Weeks ago, the Asks... blog asked you to reflect on TV shows new, recent and classic and name the most heartwarming of them all. We then tallied up the most-frequent mentions and officially polled you on the "feel-goodiest" of the bunch.Well, the results are now in. How did Cliff and Claire fare? Did the Waltons scale the entire mountain? Could anyone keep up with the Keatons? Flip through our photo gallery of the top 10 finishers, see for yourself who came out on top (and see which of your quotes we used!), and then race back here to weigh in on the results. Haven't had a chance to have your say? Well, the poll is still open, so get in your vote and if the "needle" moves significantly over the next few weeks, maybe we'll need to shuffle around that photo gallery!Related content:• Who Are TV's Healthiest-looking Stars? (Vote in poll)• The Results Are In: The TV Couples that Most Make Your Heart Pitter-patter!• How to tone up while tuning in to your favorit... read more

June 25, 2007: Family Is First

The title Ive chosen for this weeks blog was a quote from The Prophet himself and it was a fitting one for tonights episode I have to give Roman Grant some credit Even when he is plotting undermining and defrauding he still seems to wholeheartedly believe that he has the best interests in mind for his righteous flock And what a flock it is The next time I complain about a big family get-together I am going to think back to this episode and thank my lucky stars Nickis supersized lineage was on the front burner tonight as she convinced Bill to visit the compound with her and even stay as a guest in Romans house Suffice it to say that Jerry Springer could have a field day with this bunch What I dont get is how anyone least of all Nicki could be surprised by Albys revelation that it was Roman who called the governors office about Barb Seriously The man is willing to overlook the attempted murder of hi read more

Do you remember a show with, ...

Kene Holliday and Victor French, Carter Country

Question: Do you remember a show with, I think, the guy from Highway to Heaven and a black actor that was sort of a comedy version of In the Heat of the Night? It's driving me nuts.

Answer: Yes.

Aaaah, you didn't really think I was gonna stop at being a wiseacre and answer your question with one word, did you? You'll never so easily curb my urge to babble, Joon.

Funny you use the word "nuts," since the show in question, ABC's Carter Country, bore the name of former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time it debuted in September 1977. As you say, it bore a strong resemblance to In the Heat of the Night, which 10 years later would be a hit TV series itself.

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Malcolm Cast Preps for Middle's End

Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz, Malcolm in the Middle

Friday, Jan. 13, turned out to be a truly bad-luck day for Malcolm in the Middle. That's when the cast members learned that the Fox sitcom, now in its seventh season, had gotten the ax. "There was some sadness," Bryan Cranston, aka Malcolm's bumbling dad, Hal, tells, adding that he and his TV wife, Jane Kaczmarek, shared an embrace and a few tears upon learning their fate. "We realized it's about how much fun you have along the way," philosophizes the actor, who felt that Malcolm could have easily gone on creatively for another year. "But I can't complain. We'll have done 151 episodes. It's been fantastic. It's going to be good read more

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Premiered: September 11, 1974, on NBC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Heartwarming saga of a frontier family's struggles and triumphs on a farm near Walnut Grove, Minn., in the 1870s. Based on the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder (whose character doubles as narrator), it was the signature achievement of star-executive producer Michael Landon. It relates the family's experiences dealing with natural disasters and health problems, notably the poignant story of Mary Ingalls' blindness. In its final season, it was titled `Little House: A New Beginning.'



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