History Series / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

19th Mar '17 8:30:23 PM DoctorCooper
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* FamilyDrama

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* HenPeckedHusband: Poor Mr. Oleson

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* HenPeckedHusband: HenpeckedHusband: Poor Mr. Oleson



* HourglassPlot: Laura and Nellie to some extent. In the early seasons, Laura is a likable heroine but becomes less nice when she grows up and gets married (attacking a woman she believes is having an affair with her husband, constantly snipping at her students, picking fights with her husband). On the other hand, her AlphaBitch rival Nellie mellows out considerably when she grows up and gets married.
** Laura ''always'' had a short fuse and an attitude problem. She actually mellowed out as she got older.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Mrs. Oleson's view of a southern colonel's idea of opening a restaurant that only serves fried chicken.
** Interesting in that the colonel was supposed to bring about the notion that this colonel was Colonel Sanders or at least that Mrs. Oleson was offered a chance to get in on the ground floor of a highly-successful restaurant idea, but she was too dumb/ignorant to realize it. Never mind that Colonel Sanders wasn't born until 1890 and that his idea only worked because of some clever marketing, a specific recipe, specific cooking techniques, and the fact that he could appeal to travelers who would otherwise not want to stop long enough to wait for chicken to cook (the cooking techniques took care of this problem).

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Mrs. Oleson's view of a southern colonel's idea of opening a restaurant that only serves fried chicken.
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chicken. Interesting in that the colonel was supposed to bring about the notion that this colonel was Colonel Sanders or at least that Mrs. Oleson was offered a chance to get in on the ground floor of a highly-successful restaurant idea, but she was too dumb/ignorant to realize it. Never mind that Colonel Sanders wasn't born until 1890 and that his idea only worked because of some clever marketing, a specific recipe, specific cooking techniques, and the fact that he could appeal to travelers who would otherwise not want to stop long enough to wait for chicken to cook (the cooking techniques took care of this problem).



* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Sherwood Montague.

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Sherwood Montague.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Nancy Oleson, for Nellie

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Nancy Oleson, for NellieNellie.



* TwoEyesGoodFourEyesBad: The appropriately titled episode "Four Eyes."


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* UnwantedGlassesPlot: The appropriately titled episode "Four Eyes."
19th Mar '17 8:20:18 PM DoctorCooper
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* BerserkButton: Pa's big one is hurting or attempting to harm his wife and/or children.
6th Feb '17 11:22:14 AM Briguy52748
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* SeriesFauxnale: The last episode of season four was intended to wrap things up, since Michael Landon and Co. didn't know if the show would return for season five. It's interesting that the fauxnale focused on Mary, instead of Laura, who is ostensibly the main character.

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* SeriesFauxnale: The last episode of season four was intended to wrap things up, since Michael Landon and Co. didn't know if the show would return for season five. [[note]](NBC had two "innovative" series under development, ''Supertrain'' and ''Cliff Hangers'', and some reports had it that the network, in desperate need of a grand-slam hit, was wagering its very existence on the success of what executives hoped would be their cornerstone shows.)[[/note]] It's interesting that the fauxnale focused on Mary, instead of Laura, who is ostensibly the main character.
11th Jan '17 4:05:56 PM DoctorCooper
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Katherine "Scottie" [=MacGregor=], who was easily the sweetest woman of all of the female leads, highly respected and beloved by all. Nothing at all like her haughty, mean, snobbish Mrs. Oleson character.
5th Jan '17 11:28:05 PM MJaxon
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** "Dark Sage" where a black doctor named Caleb Ledoux arrives at Walnut Grove and can't find work because of his skin color. A racist farmer won't let the doctor treat his wife, despite her needing medical attention and calls Dr. Caleb the epithet. [[spoiler: he ended up saving the farmer's wife and baby by performing an emergency cesarean section, something no one else in the town, even the regular doctor who believed medicine belonged to the white man, could do. The farmer is heavily chastised for being willing to let his wife and baby die before accepting help from a black man.]]
11th Dec '16 4:29:56 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The harsh winters of Minnesota (disproportionately represented in the show) were actually filmed in Simi Valley, California. The geography is clearly more California-like, as well. Southern Minnesota is generally greener and has no mountains, as shown in the episode "The Lord is My Shepherd."
1st Dec '16 11:44:11 AM Antigone3
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* IrishExplosivesExpert: In an early episode, an out-of-work Pa joins an Irish "powder monkey" who knows where the two of them can get jobs blasting tunnels for the railroads.
17th Nov '16 10:27:13 AM Tuckered_Out
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The harsh winters of 1800s Minnesota were actually filmed in Simi Valley, California.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The harsh winters of 1800s Minnesota (disproportionately represented in the show) were actually filmed in Simi Valley, California.California. The geography is clearly more California-like, as well. Southern Minnesota is generally greener and has no mountains, as shown in the episode "The Lord is My Shepherd."
25th Sep '16 9:22:10 PM Mdumas43073
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* Sibling Team: Laura and Albert

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* Sibling Team: SiblingTeam: Laura and Albert
25th Sep '16 9:12:58 PM Mdumas43073
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* YouLookFamiliar: Matthew Laborteaux (who plays young Charles in flashbacks) later plays the Ingalls' adopted son, Albert.
** Kyle Richards played RecurringCharacter Alicia Sanderson-Edwards and guest character Samantha Harper.
** E.J. Andre played a whopping five different characters. He played Amos Thoms in "His Father's Son", Mathew Simms in "Going Home", Zachariah in "Gold Country", "St. Peter" in "The Godsister", and Jed Cooper in "The Lost Ones" and "Uncle Jed".
** William Schallert played Snell in "Centennial" and Russell Harmon in "The Preacher Takes A Wife".
** Katy Kurtzman played Anna in "The Music Box" and Young Caroline in "I Remember, I Remember".
** Jack Ging played Marshall Anders in an early episode "Survival". He would later go on to play Willie Oleson's father-in-law in "May I Have This Dance".
** Cletus Young played antagonist Harlan in both parts of "As Long As We're Together" and Cole Parker in "Goodbye, Mrs. Wilder"
** Leslie Landon played the recurring role of Etta Plum (the town teacher after Laura) toward the end of the series, but also appeared in earlier seasons as Laura's fellow dishwasher Pam in "A Wiser Heart" and the pregnant woman riding in the ill-fated carriage with Mary in "The Third Miracle."

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* YouLookFamiliar: Matthew Laborteaux (who plays young Charles in flashbacks) later plays the Ingalls' adopted son, Albert.
** Kyle Richards played RecurringCharacter Alicia Sanderson-Edwards and guest character Samantha Harper.
** E.J. Andre played a whopping five different characters. He played Amos Thoms in "His Father's Son", Mathew Simms in "Going Home", Zachariah in "Gold Country", "St. Peter" in "The Godsister", and Jed Cooper in "The Lost Ones" and "Uncle Jed".
** William Schallert played Snell in "Centennial" and Russell Harmon in "The Preacher Takes A Wife".
** Katy Kurtzman played Anna in "The Music Box" and Young Caroline in "I Remember, I Remember".
** Jack Ging played Marshall Anders in an early episode "Survival". He would later go on to play Willie Oleson's father-in-law in "May I Have This Dance".
** Cletus Young played antagonist Harlan in both parts of "As Long As We're Together" and Cole Parker in "Goodbye, Mrs. Wilder"
** Leslie Landon played the recurring role of Etta Plum (the town teacher after Laura) toward the end of the series, but also appeared in earlier seasons as Laura's fellow dishwasher Pam in "A Wiser Heart" and the pregnant woman riding in the ill-fated carriage with Mary in "The Third Miracle."
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