Little House on the Prairie (miniseries)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder's
Little House on the Prairie
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder (original novel)
Katie Ford (screenplay)
Directed by David L. Cunningham
Starring Cameron Bancroft
Erin Cottrell
Kyle Chavarria
Danielle Chuchran
Gregory Sporleder
Theme music composer John Cameron
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Hans Proppe
Running time 255 minutes
Release
Original network ABC
Original release March 26 – April 23, 2005

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie is a 2005 family western television miniseries directed by David L. Cunningham. It is a six-part adaptation of children's novels Little House in the Big Woods (1932) and Little House on the Prairie (1935) by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The series was broadcast on ABC as part of The Wonderful World of Disney anthology series.

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Differences from the books[edit]

There were several changes from the book when it was adapted:

  • The biggest change in the series is omitting Laura's younger sister, Carrie, from the story.
  • According to the book, the two horses were traded to the man in Iowa, while the adaptation tells that Pa shot one and traded the other for Pet and Patty.
  • The meeting between Pa and Mr. Edwards was added to the adaptation.
  • Mr. Scott was the one who helped Pa dig the well in the book, not Mr. Edwards.
  • In the book, Mr. Edwards did chores for the Ingalls while Pa went to town, while Mrs. Scott attended the family while they were sick.
  • The Indian war dance was changed heavily, to the settlers building the stockade, instead of just letting it go without a fight, as the book says
  • The Ingalls see a wagon that is not moving filled with sick people at the end of the book, while the adaptation portrays this at the start.

DVD[edit]

The miniseries was released on DVD on March 28, 2006.

Series Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally Aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 March 26, 2005 (2005-03-26) April 23, 2005 (2005-04-23)

Episodes[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Director Writer(s) Air date Production Code
1 1 "Little House in the Big Woods:Part 1" David L. Cunningham Katie Ford March 26, 2005 101
Charles Ingalls decides to uproot his wife and daughters from their Wisconsin home to claim a new parcel of land on the Kansas Prairie.
2 2 "Little House in the Big Woods:Part 2" David L. Cunningham Katie Ford April 2,2005 102
Indians approach the house while Pa is away,terrifying Laura and Mary;Ma is delighted to meet Mr.and Mrs.Scott,the family's kind but odd new neighbors;illness forces the family to depend on the kindness of a new stranger.
3 3 "The Ingalls'Journey:Part 1" David L. Cunningham Katie Ford April 2, 2005 103
Indians approach the house while Pa is away,terrifying Laura and Mary;Ma is delighted to meet Mr.and Mrs.Scott,the family's new neighbors;fire threatens the Ingalls' home;Pa has difficulty bartering.
4 4 "The Ingalls'Journey:Part 2" David L. Cunningham Katie Ford April 9, 2005 104
Fire threatens the Ingalls' home;Pa has difficulty bartering;Laura becomes fascinating with the Indians who live nearby.
5 5 "Adventures on the Kansas Prairie:Part 1" David L. Cunningham Katie Ford April 16, 2005 105
Pa is attacked by a mountain lion;the growing number of Indians establishing camps nearby has the family feeling threatened.
6 6 "Adventures on the Kansas Prairie:Part 2" David L. Cunningham Katie Ford April 23, 2005 106
The growing number of Indians establishing camps nearby has the family feeling threatened;Ma and Pa are glad to see the Indians have signed a treaty to relocate,Although,Laura seems sad to see them go.

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