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Little House on the Prairie: Season 1

Melissa Gilbert , Michael Landon , Michael Landon , Victor French    Unrated   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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A hugely popular 1974 weekly TV series that's been completely restored for this collector's edition, Little House on the Prairie is based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's bestselling books and follows the Ingalls family through the trials and tribulations of pioneer life in the 1870s. The series opens with the extremely poor family settling in Plum Creek, near the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and follows them as they struggle to build a house, plow and plant their land, and become part of their small town's community. Ma (Karen Grassle) and Pa (Michael Landon) are good, honest folk with a healthy compassion for others. But it seems like every day brings a new trial for them and their children, Mary, Laura, and Carrie (Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, and Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush). A freak hailstorm ruins an entire crop of wheat, their newly born son dies, a bout of the plague threatens the entire town of Walnut Grove, the family's barn catches fire, a devastating blizzard looms, but the family perseveres and they never lose their faith in God or their belief in the goodness of each other and the people around them. Despite the hardships of everyday pioneer life, Pa and his family find plenty of time to help others. They come to the aid of a local girl suffering the effects of one leg being shorter than the other, Ma fills in for an ailing schoolteacher and inspires a previously unreachable pupil, and Ma and Pa band together to protect a young boy from harm at the hands of his drunken father. This series paints a striking picture of the difficulties of American pioneer life and the courage and resilience of pioneer men, women, and children. It's also a powerful portrait of a close-knit, giving family and the life-affirming lessons they learn and share each day. Michael Landon deserves much of the credit for the show's success as he filled the triple role of star, producer, and writer. Favorite episodes in season one include "Country Girls," in which Mary and Laura attend their first-ever day of school; "The Award," when Mary's studiousness leads to a fire in the family barn; the two-hour "The Lord Is My Shepherd" episode about the birth and death of young Charles Jr. and its profound effect on Laura; and "Survival," in which a Native American friend saves the Ingalls family in a blizzard. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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Best known for its life-affirming lessons and heartwarming adventures, "Little House on the Prairie" made its TV debut in 1974 and significantly altered the landscape of television.  Loyal fans will relive these exciting and touching adventures, while new viewers will discover the Ingalls' unconquerable courage to build a new life.  The series, nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes, has become a TV milestone. The Complete First Season (1974-1975) includes: Dirt-poor and alone, the Ingalls family moves from Minnesota and fights to build their new home Caroline gives birth to a son who dies soon afterwards The entire family nearly perishes in a blizzard but is saved by the kindness of an Indian friend The town is put under quarantine due to a serious illness

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I grew up with the Ingalls. Jan. 25 2004
First, like many here, this is one of my top favorite shows. I feel like I've grown up with the Ingalls family and really care about them as characters in these stories. Many of these episodes give me a special feeling that can often bring tears to my eyes (Just hearing the music can do that). You'll have to buy the pilot episode separately but it's worth the money. The first 2 episodes (Harvest of Friends and Country Girls) are a magnificent start! The Ingalls settle in and we get to meet some of the most enduring characters to ever appear on TV. I was about to list my other favorites of the first season but the list is too long. :) Highlights are The Racoon, a 2-parter called The Lord Is My Shepard, Christmas At Plum Creek, Plague, Child In Pain, Money Crop, Survival and Founder's Day. I'm glad to have these in DVD form so that they will last forever.
Now with that out of the way, I cannot in good conscience give this set a *****/***** like I'd like to. At first glance all looks great with this set...beautiful packaging (I wish they had included a set of cards with the pictures on the packaging). But after watching each episode I've discovered the problems mentioned from other buyers. The image and sound quality varies from episode to episode. Even ones with a sharp picture can have problems with jagged edges. Every time the outside of the schoolhouse/church is shown I cringe a little bit. It looks like it needs its horizonal hold adjusted. But this isn't fatal. Many look fine reguardless. And most others are acceptable while a few just look bad at first...but close up shots of the characters are always sharp. Many have what looks like a sheet of grain across them (I saw a similar effect in some of my Monty Python episodes so I figure its just the age of the program).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy to have family entertainment July 9 2004
Love it, and am happy to pass on these wonderful shows to my kids. Ahh the joys of not having cable TV...you get to choose what your children see! And LHOTP is happy for all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this Show Then and I Love it Now June 10 2004
I was nine years old when Little House on the Prairie premeired on television and it was one of my favorite television shows and I grew up watching it as the seasons went on and well I just have great memories of watching this show. I love that that the first season is on DVD and the episodes are all very good and not a dud episode can be found which is rare to not have at least one episode that is a major dud. Melissa Gilbert is absolutely wonderful as Laura Ingalls and Melissa Sue Anderson is also very good as her sister Mary and so are Michael Landon as their Pa, Charles Ingalls and Karen Grassle as their Ma, Caroline Ingalls and the rest of the cast members are good too, including Victor French as their friend the eccentric but loveable Mr. Edwards and Alison Arngrim as Laura's nemesis, Nellie Oleson. I Love Little House on the Prairie and I personally would love to own the entire series on DVD! Also if you love this series check out The Waltons which was another wonderful family show in the 70s and both shows can be viewed by the entire family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We love little house! May 17 2004
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I think that the Little House episodes are wonderful! They're so much fun to watch and a million times better than all of that garbage on tv now. Everyone enjoys these! We watch the episodes all of the time and have yet to be tired of these. LHOTP has to be my favorite series of all times... and that goes for the other people in my family and my friends who have seven children. The 2 year old loves them, the 15 year old loves them, and so does EVERYONE in between.
For those of you complaining about no extras, they've put them in, and there now is chapter selection. So buy the set! Because once you're done with the first season... you'll want to keep going!
This DVD may not be the best, but i found NO problem with it... the SHOW is what's keeping me watching it. I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best show ever! July 3 2004
I am so happy about obtaining the Little House seasons 1 - 5 on DVD. They are great to watch and the picture is fantastic. I am a young mother of 3 children and we watch the episodes daily. This show has everything a child needs to see and I am proud to say that I am a Little House fan. Thank you for allowing my children to watch something so heart felt and warm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen up!!! Feb. 1 2004
By A Customer
Think about the wilderness. I'm talking about the trees, the rocks, the sun, and the soil under your feet. Do you like to smell the fresh flowers when they pop up in the spring, or die in the fall. Either way, you would be happy watching this show. This film includes all the seasons. If you have a quiet movie night with your family, or a loud one, this is perfect for you!!! Everyone loves this show, do you want to be left out??? Of course not
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled a new generation can see this series! Jan. 22 2004
We are thrilled we can sit together as a family and share the L.H.O.T.P with our children.
A favorite from my childhood and even better viewed as an adult.
Michael Landon was the greatest director. The continuity in every episode makes you believe this family was truly living in this little house. In one of the first episodes, Caroline was sitting at the dinning table braiding material for a rug. A few episodes later, she was still working on the rug. This time sewing the long braids of material she had been braiding, into a rug.
Michael Landon had morals. He believed in God. He believed in hard work and working for what you have. This series is filled with life lessons. It is so great for the kids of this generation to see.
The quality of the D.V.D's have been fine. Just one spot on disc 3 had some pixel things going on. Just for a few minutes though.
Their are no primetime television shows on the air that you can sit as a family and watch together. I am so glad we have something to gather the kids around and watch together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars house on prairie
I liked little house on the prairrie very much. Watched it when it first come out on tv. be glad when #2 comes out.

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Published 2 months ago by fred rennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad Blu Ray was the only Little House left
Having watched a Melissa Gilbert Interview On the DVD reunion movie set I bought on Amazon; I was hungry for more. I thankfully stumbled on season one on Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ken Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars little house
our son loves it and can't wait to order some of the other seasons. brings back great memories of my childhood.
Published 6 months ago by Laurie Vanderhaeghe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and wholesome
Not much to say really except my daughter (6yrs old) and me have really enjoyed watching these.

As previous noted, audio is a little on the low side, and video is not... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2011 by Michael Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Good Family entertainment
We are enjoying seeing these movies again, and our grandchildren are enjoying them as well, they have good clean values in them which help to teach people to be kind to others and... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2009 by KMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome!
Little House on the Prairie is great, wholesome entertainment for the entire family! It's neat to see how the pioneers lived and makes us even more thankful for the "luxuries" we... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2009 by Alison Vanderwoude
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Our whole family loves these dvds, and we have watched them over and over. Some may say that they aren't very good quality, but, hey, they were made years ago! Read more
Published on Dec 11 2008 by Verne BEDWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars must buy for little house fans out there
A great show for all ages!!
Published on Feb. 11 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Ain't nothing wrong with the sound on these discs.
I just love to watch these over and over, The colors are so pretty. We never had no color tv when I was a youngin. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars little house a childhood favorite
i was a young girl when little house on the prarie came on t.v. i grew up about the same age as melissa gilbert. it came on every monday night. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by angie trusty
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