In 1974, Little House on the Prairie first aired.
The best-selling Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder were the inspiration for the American Western historical drama. The show starred Michael Langdon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson as a family living on a farm in Plum Creek, Minnesota, near Walnut Grove.
The action takes place in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. The books looked at a wide range of topics, such as adoption, faith, social issues, and so on. The show was mostly serious, but there were also some funny and lighthearted parts. Then, Melissa Gilbert, who was a child star on the show, thinks back fondly on her time there.
She originated the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder from 1974 to 1982.
Melissa now makes her home on the farm that she owns in Sullivan County, New York. She is all about living a simple life on the farm. She has become so used to working on the farm that she no longer bats an eye when she gets blisters on her hands from shoveling or gets covered in dirt. As she likes to call it, it’s her very own “Little House on the Catskills.”
“It was like a very amazing summer camp, but I also got to play the ultimate game of dress up and be in those beautiful costumes and button-up boots, and I don’t recall it ever not being enjoyable,” she said. “It was like a really great summer camp.”
And it shows on her face regardless of whether she is on or off the TV.
Reruns of the well-watched program are still being shown.
The number of people using it is rapidly growing as well. According to Melissa, it might be a result of everything that is happening around the globe right now. The film “Little House” is a poignant remembrance of a period when life was considerably less complicated. The nation was forced to contend with an energy crisis, a recession, and the Watergate scandal throughout the decade the seventies.
Uncannily identical to what is going on in the present day. And if it has occurred in the past and individuals have made it, then the former star believes that it is possible for it to occur once again. Compassion, community, faith, and love are the four pillars that are essential. She does so while maintaining a cheerful demeanor.
If you go back and view some of the episodes, you’ll see that they appeared to predict what will happen in the year 2020. A plague?
What about a version that includes a quarantine? You bet!
There is even one that addresses the issue of race. The Ingalls family takes in and raises a youngster who was born into slavery as they are traveling through Walnut Grove. In addition to this, the acting and the conversation are quite good. There are various points during the presentation that demand a moment of stop and reflection from the audience.
When Melissa was cast, she was just 9 years old at the time.
Michael Landon, who was already a well-known actor at the time, played both a supporting role and the protagonist in the film. Reports suggest that in addition to his role as Charles Ingalls, Melissa’s on-screen father, he also played the role of the show’s “Pa.” In addition to serving as an executive producer for the series, he was also writing and directing episodes for it. The guy has a lot of skill.
The fact that Melissa, who was just nine years old at the time, had a significant number of lines on the program was a significant problem for her. Along with her remarks, she performed a lot of running during the presentation, which was quite entertaining. She claims that she has no recollection of ever having walked.