History YMMV / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

27th Sep '17 10:16:43 AM Enhas
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** Jack's death, due to it being so sudden and Laura having neglected him beforehand, which resulted in her fearing to bond with Bandit (another dog that followed Charles home). Also the end of the episode where she finally ''does'' apologize to and accept Bandit.
20th Jul '17 8:16:30 PM Enhas
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** In the season one episode "Circus Man", Mr. Hanson is suffering from terrible headaches of which nothing seems to work. After taking O'Hara's miracle cure (which of course isn't really one), his headaches go away but Doc Baker warns him that the underlying condition hasn't been found or really treated. Come several seasons later, he suffers a massive stroke which leads to his eventual death.
14th Jul '17 6:34:42 AM Maddoxsort
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** Also applies towards Michael Landon's tendency to rip scripts directly from ''Bonanza'' in general, having written and directed a few himself. The aforementioned one was remarkably {{Egregious}}, because it made absolutely no attempt to hide the fact it was repeating the events of the episode blow for blow.

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** TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: Also applies towards Michael Landon's tendency to rip scripts directly from ''Bonanza'' in general, having written and directed a few himself. The aforementioned one was remarkably {{Egregious}}, because it made absolutely no attempt to hide the fact it was repeating the events of the episode blow for blow.
14th Jul '17 6:31:58 AM Maddoxsort
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** Any time Isaiah quietly pulls out the moonshine after getting married to Grace or she catches him operating a still. Their marriage collapsed in Season 8 because he couldn't knock the bottle.


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* ItsTheSameSoItSucks: "Will Someone Please Love Me?" is a lazy, almost completely '''word-for-word''' Xerox of an episode of ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', with slightly altered dialogue and the actors putting on even less convincing performances than the original. Because the acting is ripping off that story, it comes off as wooden and stilted as well as totally unoriginal. On top of that, the actor playing the daughter is the ''exact same'' one used to play Alicia, Isaiah's adoptive daughter.
** Also applies towards Michael Landon's tendency to rip scripts directly from ''Bonanza'' in general, having written and directed a few himself. The aforementioned one was remarkably {{Egregious}}, because it made absolutely no attempt to hide the fact it was repeating the events of the episode blow for blow.
14th Jul '17 6:00:55 AM Maddoxsort
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** Jeremy Quinn, Albert's biological father, turning up in Season 6 when Albert wants to be legally adopted. Jeremy just wants him on as a hand at his far to help him out around the place, not interested in being much of a father at this point in life, wifeless and all. When Albert has a hand in a very tragic fire at the blind school, he runs away from Walnut Grove out of grief, going to Jeremy as the last person he can turn to. When Albert stumbles upon his farm, he finds it eerily quiet... then stumbles upon a freshly-dug grave... Jeremy's. It's implied he worked himself to death on his own, someone found him keeled over, and then quietly buried him.
** Right before the end of Season 9, the last season, Laura is gifted a ''gorgeous'' estate by a dying widow who wants hers and her husband's dream home to be kept alive. Come ''The Last Farewell'', not three stories later, and the GrandFinale of the series, She and Alamanzo decide to ''blow it up''- because they realize it's going to fall into the seedy hands of a land baron no matter what they do and the best thing for it is [[MercyKill to let the dream die mercifully.]] Guess you're going to be haunted by their angry ghosts!!



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** Almanzo blowing up the first house in ''The Last Farewell''- the one he and Laura got as a gift. Dramatic ominous music leading up to the moment he pushes down on the detonator. It's shot in slow motion and it erupts like one of those nuclear experiment houses in the 1940's. Also, Laura smashing out the windows in a fit of rage.
* {{Narm}}{{Narm}}: A lot of episodes are ''drowning'' with {{Melodrama}}. Seems like every other story somebody dies/already has a dead parent to milk the sympathy card, someone loses their source of income through a freak development beyond their control, a heavy-handed message gets thwacked over someone's head, or Laura runs off to cry. Sometimes all within the course of the same episode.
** Probably best seen in part two of "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not". Almanzo has overworked himself trying to make money to help pay for renting a courthouse for Adam and Mary to start up a new location for the blind school. He gets sick and contracts pneumonia. As he passes out from sickness and refusal to go see a doctor, he falls down the stairs to the tune... of a '''''slide whistle.''''' This is ''absolutely'' inappropriate for the scene, given that Almanzo's sickness was played ''completely'' seriously, and the effect was totally cartoony.



* ReplacementScrappy: Nancy for Nellie.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Nancy for Nellie. [[IntendedAudienceReaction However, she's designed to be that way.]] Much worse than Nellie ever was, yet showered with love and spoiled rotten by Harriet anyway.


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** Charles not wearing a shirt to bed in the season one episode where they left Isaiah in charge of the household and both he and Caroline were all by themselves.
10th Apr '17 11:45:27 PM Maddoxsort
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* HarsherInHindsight: Laura did not pray for the good health of her newborn baby brother, [[spoiler: and he died very soon after]]. When Laura had a baby boy of her own, [[spoiler:''he'' died, too! And so fast that she didn't get to name her child!]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: Laura did not pray for the good health of her newborn baby brother, [[spoiler: and he died very soon after]]. after.]] When Laura had a baby boy of her own, [[spoiler:''he'' died, too! And so fast that she didn't get to name her child!]]



** There's also Nancy's "You haaaaaaaaaate me!" every time she doesn't get her way or is expected to obey a rule or do a chore.

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** There's also Nancy's "You haaaaaaaaaate me!" or "he hates me/she hates me/they hate me" every time she doesn't get her way or is expected to obey a rule or do a chore.



* NarmCharm: To many modern viewers, one of the only reasons to watch. The other being Michael Landon's perm.

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* NarmCharm: To many modern viewers, one of the only reasons to watch. The other being Michael Landon's perm. Or [[EnsembleDarkhorse Mr. Edwards.]]
10th Apr '17 11:43:06 PM Maddoxsort
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* HarsherInHindsight: Laura did not pray for the good health of her newborn baby brother, [[spoiler: and he died very soon after]]. When Laura had a baby boy of her own, [[spoiler:''he'' died, too! And so fast that she didn't get to name her child!]]
19th Mar '17 4:51:03 PM Noraneko
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* HarsherInHindsight: The end of ''These Happy Golden Years'' can become this, after reading ''The First Four Years''. Caroline frets about Laura deciding to get married in her new black cashmere dress, because it invites bad luck. The Wilders are initially quite optimistic about their future, but the first years of their marriage turn out to be one almost-unmitigated disaster. Drought causes their crops to continually fail, they both come down with diphtheria (which gives Almanzo a ''stroke'', leaving him dependent on a cane for the rest of his life), their infant son dies, and then their house burns down and they subsequently lose both claims. If it weren't based on real events, in which Laura and Almanzo managed to build a new life after moving to Missouri, it would be a complete ShootTheShaggyDog story.

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* HarsherInHindsight: The end of ''These Happy Golden Years'' can become this, after reading ''The First Four Years''. Caroline frets about Laura deciding to get married in her new black cashmere dress, because it invites bad luck. The Wilders are initially quite optimistic about their future, but the first years of their marriage turn out to be one almost-unmitigated disaster. Drought causes their crops to continually fail, they both come down with diphtheria (which gives Almanzo a ''stroke'', leaving him dependent on a cane for the rest of his life), their infant son dies, and then their house burns down and they subsequently lose both claims. If it weren't based on real events, in which Laura and Almanzo managed to build a new life after moving to Missouri, it would be a complete ShootTheShaggyDog story. Even then, Laura had been happy to live on the claim because it meant she was close to her beloved family, and after moving she was only able to visit her family once more before [[TearJerker her darling Pa dies]].


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** Laura being extremely homesick after she leaves for the first time to teach.
** Laura and Almanzo moving to Missouri means the chance for a better life, but she had loved the first claim because it meant she was extremely close to her family. She was only able to to visit her family once after she moves, and it's not until Rose is a teenager.
** Pa's death in the sequel series.
10th Mar '17 9:27:39 PM Jeduthun
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* UnfortunateImplications: The series' portrayal of Native Americans is... complicated. Pa talks about the Osage with respect but also doesn't mind building a claim on their land. Other characters taken an even dimmer view of the "savages", with multiple people repeating the infamous quote "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." For obvious reasons, many modern readers see this as highly problematic.
15th Oct '16 6:37:11 AM smittykins
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** One early edition of ''Little House on the Prairie'' described the local Native Americans, then ended with "There were no people there." Upon receiving a letter that this implied the Native Americans were not people, Laura and Rose wrote back to the publisher that was ''certainly'' not meant to be the implication, and the sentence was removed.

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** One early edition of ''Little House on the Prairie'' described the local Native Americans, then ended with "There were no people people. Only Indians lived there." Upon receiving a letter that this implied the Native Americans were not people, Laura and Rose wrote back to the publisher that was ''certainly'' not meant to be the implication, and the sentence was removed. changed to "There were no settlers."
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