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Trivia: Little House on the Prairie
  • Creative Differences: Initial producer Ed Friendly wanted the series to remain true to the books, but Michael Landon was against the idea of cast members going around barefoot in the wild - and of sporting the enormous beard Charles had in the books (neither he nor NBC wanted to hide his face from his fans). Thus, although every episode was "An NBC Production In Association With Ed Friendly," it's clear who the real man in charge was.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Michael Landon started as he meant to go on by directing the pilot; he ultimately helmed close to 100 episodes, including the Series Finale - which he also wrote (Victor French directed 18 more as well).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls of course
    • Former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle, and later NFL broadcaster for NBC, Merlin Olsen had a recurring role as farmer Jonathan Garvey.
    • Also Victor French, who had been on Bonanza with Landon, then on Highway to Heaven, too.
  • The Other Darrin: Bonnie Bartlett played Grace Snider Edwards in seasons 2 and 3. When the character appeared for one episode in season eight, she was played by Corinne Camacho.
    • In the same season eight episode, David Kaufman played Carl Sanderson Edwards, when the character had been played by Brian Part during the second and third seasons.
    • Woody Eney played Almanzo's brother Royal Wilder in "The Nephews" in season seven. When the character returned in "Times Are Changing" in season nine, he was played by Nicholas Pryor.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Andy Garvey became a Navy lawyer.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: When the series started, the show's producer had signed an agreement that when the show ended, the site of the town would be returned to its original state. When filming the series finale, they were faced with the cost of demolishing the buildings. Michael Landon had the idea of blowing them up with dynamite, making them easy to haul away. He then wrote the memorable final scene where the townsfolk blow up their own town to accommodate the real-life demolition.
  • Technology Marches On: Although filmed in the 1970s and 1980s, these stories set 100 years earlier give viewers a representation at some of the early workings of technological marvels of the Age of Invention, as the 1870s and 1880s were arguably an era where discovery and invention was at its peak. Everything from "talking machines" (an early-type sound recorder that can replay the human voice) to the telephone is seen in its earliest forms. Additionally, although it has nothing to do with technology so much, a form of the trope can apply to sports-related episodes; as such, viewers can see an 1870s-form of baseball, football and professional wrestling, all of them novel during the post-Civil War era.
  • Written By Cast Member: Michael Landon wrote 48 episodes as well as the Series Finale.

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