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Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 1 (1974)

Michael Landon , Melissa Gilbert  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert
  • Format: Box set, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 19 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QG5O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 23 episodes on six discs
  • Character profiles
  • The Ingalls Photo Album
  • The "Little House" Episode Quiz (Season 1)

Editorial Reviews

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A hugely popular 1974 weekly TV series that's been completely restored for this collector's edition, Little House on the Prairie is based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's bestselling books and follows the Ingalls family through the trials and tribulations of pioneer life in the 1870s. The series opens with the extremely poor family settling in Plum Creek, near the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and follows them as they struggle to build a house, plow and plant their land, and become part of their small town's community. Ma (Karen Grassle) and Pa (Michael Landon) are good, honest folk with a healthy compassion for others. But it seems like every day brings a new trial for them and their children, Mary, Laura, and Carrie (Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, and Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush). A freak hailstorm ruins an entire crop of wheat, their newly born son dies, a bout of the plague threatens the entire town of Walnut Grove, the family's barn catches fire, a devastating blizzard looms, but the family perseveres and they never lose their faith in God or their belief in the goodness of each other and the people around them. Despite the hardships of everyday pioneer life, Pa and his family find plenty of time to help others. They come to the aid of a local girl suffering the effects of one leg being shorter than the other, Ma fills in for an ailing schoolteacher and inspires a previously unreachable pupil, and Ma and Pa band together to protect a young boy from harm at the hands of his drunken father. This series paints a striking picture of the difficulties of American pioneer life and the courage and resilience of pioneer men, women, and children. It's also a powerful portrait of a close-knit, giving family and the life-affirming lessons they learn and share each day. Michael Landon deserves much of the credit for the show's success as he filled the triple role of star, producer, and writer. Favorite episodes in season one include "Country Girls," in which Mary and Laura attend their first-ever day of school; "The Award," when Mary's studiousness leads to a fire in the family barn; the two-hour "The Lord Is My Shepherd" episode about the birth and death of young Charles Jr. and its profound effect on Laura; and "Survival," in which a Native American friend saves the Ingalls family in a blizzard. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Best known for its life-affirming lessons and heartwarming adventures, "Little House on the Prairie" made its TV debut in 1974 and significantly altered the landscape of television.  Loyal fans will relive these exciting and touching adventures, while new viewers will discover the Ingalls' unconquerable courage to build a new life.  The series, nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes, has become a TV milestone.

The Complete First Season (1974-1975) includes:

  • Dirt-poor and alone, the Ingalls family moves from Minnesota and fights to build their new home
  • Caroline gives birth to a son who dies soon afterwards
  • The entire family nearly perishes in a blizzard but is saved by the kindness of an Indian friend
  • The town is put under quarantine due to a serious illness

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249 of 257 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a true classic! January 29, 2005
By JGC
Format:DVD
Little House On The Prairie - The Complete Season One is probably the very best season of this series. This is because all the episodes are beautifully done with great character acting, beautiful scenery and wholesome true messages that are very realistic.

Michael Landon was the writer, star and executive producer of this drama series. Landon set the bar for excellence so high that no one in the past 30 years has come close to the accomplishments of "Little House On The Prairie."

It is rather unfortunate that TV has gone way downhill compared to the days of "Little House On The Prairie." But we still have all the beautiful episodes preserved on DVD.

I have seen every single episode of this series (thanks to TBS, because the first-run series was years before I was born) and I noticed that some of the episodes included clips that were not on the syndicated version. These are very short, but noticeable if you are a longtime watcher and fan like myself.

Some of the very best episodes from this season include: A Harvest of Friends, Country Girls, If I Should Wake Before I Die, and Christmas at Plum Creek.

Here is a full episode listing and description of every episode that is included in the Season One box set:

* A Harvest of Friends (original air date: September 11, 1974)
There's money for farm land, but nothing left over for a plow and seed until Charles discovers his "harvest of friends."

* Country Girls (original air date: September 18, 1974)
A lesson about snobbery awaits Mary and Laura on their first day at school, when they meet Nelli Oleson. Laura becomes a great storyteller but still needs to work on her spelling, according to Miss Beadle.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode Names August 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I really love watching the show on TV and I am so happy that they have them on DVD! Just for the people who wanted to know the names of the first episodes here they are (I'm just a little fanatic!)
1. Harvest of Friends
2. Country Girls
3. The 100 mile walk
4. Mr. Edwards Homecomming
5. The love of Johnny Johnson
6. If i should wake before i die
7. Town Party - Country Party
8. The Lord is my Shepard (2 part episode)
9. Ma's Holiday
10. School Mom
11. The voice of Tinker Jones
12. The Raccoon
13. The Award
14. Christmas at Plum Creek
15. Doctors Lady
16. Family Quarrel
17. Circus Man
18. Plague
19. Child of Pai
20. Money Crop
21. Survival
22. To see the world
23. Founders Day
I can't wait for the next DVD's (3-9)
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102 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show, excellent release July 6, 2003
Format:DVD
The first season of "Little House On the Prairie" is an excellent example of what a smaller independent distributor can do for television shows on DVD. Take a classic show like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", for instance: it's first season was released by mega-studio 20th Century Fox in September 2002. Ten months later, we still don't even know if Fox will release the rest of the series due to poor sales and the fact that they are busied with franchises like "24", "The Simpsons" and "The Shield".
Enter Goldhil Home Media, a smaller company who I wish held more distribution properties than it does. Because, simply put, it makes the best of what it does have. Case in point, releasing two beautiful 6-disc season sets of "Little House On the Prairie" on the same day in July. Further assuring us that we're not wasting our money on a series we know will never be completed, they've included a message in the episode guides/booklets stating that seasons 3 and 4 are coming soon. Now that's awesome.
Did I mention these sets are beautiful? Each disc features a member of the Ingalls family against a beautiful blue sky and golden prairie. The handy booklet gives a rundown of every episode. The menus are great and play the classic theme song until you select an episode (4 eps per disc). The opening theme only appears over the first episode on each disc but the end titles are included for every episode. Unless you obsess over the opening theme for some reason, this is not a big deal.
The content of the show itself is great. They've restored and remastered the original material and it looks and sounds better than you've ever seen it on television.
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160 of 186 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Even though I had read the reviews of this DVD set on Amazon.com, before buying it, I hadn't taken them that seriously, and I'd thought that the people who had left negative reviews were just disgruntled nit-pickers who can find fault in any and every little thing. So I did not take the negative reviews very seriously. Now I wish that I had.

After spending my hard-earned money to buy this set, I am EXTREMELY disappointed. I would even have returned it, if I considered it worth all the trouble and hassle.

This DVD set is a TOTAL DISGRACE to the memory of the wonderful Michael Landon.

Poor Michael would be spinning in his grave if he could see the shoddy treatment that Goldhill Home Media, and ImaVision Studios have given his beloved and popular series, in its sorry excuse for a DVD season set.

As I said, I bought this DVD set aware of, but not completely believing the negative reviews. When I first started watching the DVD's, I did not see anything really wrong, other than the fact that though my TV was at maximum volume, I could barely even hear, let alone decipher and understand parts of the dialogue. At first I thought it was my TV and DVD player, until the same thing happened on a newer model. Then I realized it was not my TV or DVD player that was the problem, it was the DVD's themselves.

Unfortunately, the problems did NOT end there, with sound issues. As I got further into the set (by the 2nd or 3rd disc) I realized that a MASSIVE amount of scenes had been cut from the episodes - more than were even cut in the syndicated episodes.

Being that I wasn't born until 4 years after this series first premiered, all the episodes of Little House on the Prairie that I've ever seen, have been in syndication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for family TV time, safe for kids & good family values
These are perfect shows for family TV time. Safe for kids and good family values in these shows. This was a requested birthday gift from my grand daughter, a soon to be a 7-yr old. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few things a parent can do that will give your child a...
I bought this after reading 4 of the Little House Books to my daughter. Little House is full of timeless life lessons. Read more
Published 7 days ago by KhMU
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Show!!!
I love this show!I used to watch this show when it was on TV!I had this season sent to me as a gift for my birthday in 2010 & it's one that's having to be replaced right now! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Merry L.Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Little House in 1080p - Good deal Lucille!!
Watching Little House in 1080p is very nice compared to the DVD old series that I have. Picture quality is near perfect! Read more
Published 13 days ago by James K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good show on of the last clean shows out there supporting family values like Dr. Quinn medicine woman.
Published 15 days ago by mike k.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD!!!!
Published 17 days ago by TSB
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
I have waited for years to finally see this version. Cant wait to get all seasons on blu-ray! looks great, sounds great. Best family show ever made!
Published 21 days ago by Seraj Ardakani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great season for the Little House. Never get tired of watching these episodes.
Published 24 days ago by Daniel Lam
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great remaster job but it lacks the extras that the dvd releases had on them in the 90's....why?
Published 24 days ago by Zack Spaulding
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am enjoying my dvd-very good
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