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The Little House Years
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"The Little House Years" DVD cover
Film/Media Information
Network: NBC-TV
Country/Language: USA / English
Genre/Film type: Family / Drama / Western
Original air date: November 15, 1979
Starring: Michael Landon
Karen Grassle
Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Sue Anderson
Sidney Greenbush & Lindsay Greenbush (alternating scenes)
Brenda Turnbaugh & Wendi Turnbaugh (alternating scenes)
Matthew Laborteaux
Production Information
Directed by: Michael Landon
Written by: Michael Landon
Runtime: 133 minutes
Available on: DVD at and at Walmart


On Thanksgiving Day in 1882, the Ingalls and the Kendalls gather together in the Ingalls' little house in Walnut Grove for dinner. After dinner, Laura goes through her remembrance book and reminisces about the family's past journeys, hardships and funny moments, including the move to Walnut Grove, the loss of their first crop, the deaths of Grandma Laura Colby Ingalls and Bunny the horse, and the evil schemes of Nellie Oleson. This is a three hour special clip movie that is part of the Little House on the Prairie TV series.



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  • Major Goof: When Laura narrates the scene where she loses her cross necklace in Season 1's The Lord is My Shepherd, she mentions that she didn't notice until hours later that it was missing. In the actual episode from Season 1, however, Laura knew immediately when the cross slipped off her neck and went down the river. Makes you wonder what the writers were thinking.
  • Goof: At the beginning of this episode, Laura has a remembrance book, and it is shown that she wrote the words "We go today" when her family left the Big Woods of Wisconsin in the pilot movie. First of all, Laura didn't have a remembrance book back then, because in the pilot, she said "If I had a remembrance book" a few times. Secondly, Laura didn't know how to write until Miss Beadle taught her in Walnut Grove.


  1. This three-part episode is not included on the Season 6 DVD set much to the anger and disappointment of many fans.
  2. This episode was not included on the Season 6 DVD set.
  3. This three-part episode was not included on the Season 6 DVD set.


  • Charles: Pa spent the long winter with us. In those months together, my Pa and I had to really talk to each other for the first time. I know that may sound strange, but sometimes parents and children don't really know each other. Oh, they love each other, all right, but knowing and loving are two different things. At the end of that winter, I knew my Pa and loved him all the more. I hoped he'd stay forever, but spring came, and he said he had to journey home. Nobody wanted him to go, especially Laura, because she loved him so.


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