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Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 8 (1974)

Melissa Gilbert , Michael Landon , Michael Landon , Maury Dexter  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greenbush, Karen Grassle
  • Directors: Michael Landon, Maury Dexter
  • Writers: Ande Lamb, B.W. Sandefur, Carole Raschella, Chris Abbott, Don Balluck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 1080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFXIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 8" on IMDb

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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 way of life. The series, nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes, has become a TV milestone.

The Complete Eighth Season – 1981-1982 - Nellie and Percival must move to New York and the Oleson’s adopt Nancy - Dr. Ledoux moves to Walnut Grove and proves, beyond a doubt, that he deserves the community’s respect – Charles and Nels become concerned when the children of the town are influenced by a daredevil to attempt dangerous stunts - Mr. Edwards loses his son and enlists the aid of Charles to investigate the real circumstances behind his death – The Ingalls and the Wilders share cherished memories when they are snowed in at Christmas – Charles and Caroline risk losing James and Cassandra when an uncle files for custody of the children – Laura and Almanzo’s budding marriage faces serious difficulties following Almanzo’s terrible stroke - When James is shot and lapses into a coma, Charles turns to his faith in order to save his adopted son - These and many other exciting adventures from the entire eighth season are presented in this Special Collector’s Edition!

Special Features:Exclusive interviews with Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden) Laura’s Long Winters, an exclusive documentary describing the hardship of a prairie winter, Interactive Quiz: Test your knowledge of Season 8, - This Special Collector’s Edition has been restored using state-of-the-art color correction, picture enhancement and noise reduction technologies.

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216 of 222 people found the following review helpful
First, please let me say that MICHAEL LANDON WAS A GENIUS, without him there would not be this series.

"Little House On The Prairie" Season Eight was the final year of the traditional series; Season 9 and the following TV movies revolved around the new(er) cast after Charles and his family moved to the city. As a result, most fans of this beloved program consider this to be the final season and the best of this long running family friendly dramatic program.

Mary and Adam move to New York in season eight and return for a Christmas visit with the entire family in the Ingallses little house. Nellie also moves and Mrs. Oleson adopts a new daughter who is even more warped (believe it or not) than Nellie ever was. Cassandra and James' uncle strikes it big and tries to steal his niece and nephew away from Charles and Caroline on the eve of their legal adoption. Caroline teaches Laura's class a very humanitarian lesson when Almonzo is away. ...These, and many more classic eps are just waiting to be viewed from Season 8!

Here is a detailed list of ever episode from Season 8:

The Reincarnation of Nellie (part 1) (October 5, 1981)
Percival and Nellie move New York so that Percival can run the family business. The Olesons decide adopt a girl named Nancy who is even more spoiled than Nellie ever was. Suffice it to say, Mrs. Oleson falls in love with her new adopted daughter.

The Reincarnation of Nellie (part 2) (October 5, 1981)
Coincidentally (because Nellie moved there in the previous episode), Adam and Mary move to New York at the beginning of the episode. Where Nellie was simply a spoiled brat, Nancy proves to be a demented creature hell-bent on causing trouble. With the help of Albert and Willie, Mrs.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little House grows up . . . March 12, 2005
Season Eight features the introduction of Nancy, the birth of Rose, the kidnapping of Nels by two incompetent crook-wannabes, the investigation of John Jr.'s death in Chicago, Christmas reminiscing from our favorite characters, the return of Hester Sue's ex-husband, and the miraculous recovery of James in the season finale. By this season, most of the plots revolve around more "adult" matters than those of the earlier years, but it is no less wholesome and heartwarming. A priceless show to grow up on!

And now, the episodes, first aired from October 1981 to May 1982:

The Reincarnation of Nellie (pts. 1 & 2)

Growin' Pains

Dark Sage

A Wiser Heart

Gambini the Great

The Legend of Black Jake


For the Love of Nancy

Wave of the Future

A Christmas They Never Forgot

No Beast So Fierce

Stone Soup

The Legacy

Uncle Jed

Second Chance

Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow (pts. 1 & 2)

A Promise To Keep

A Faraway Cry

He Was Only Twelve (pts. 1 & 2)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last season with Ma and Pa!! : ( March 31, 2005
This is last season with the Ingalls family (Pa, Ma, Albert, Carrie, James, and Cassandra), and in Season 9 the Carter family will move into the Ingalls' old house, while Pa moves his family to pursue other opportunites in a city (and we are left with just Laura, Almanzo, Rose, Mr. Edwards, and the townsfolk).

There is a lot of drama in this season (8): Almanzo gets hurt and cannot walk, then he and Laura lose their home, almost their relationship, and Eliza Jane tries to save the day and fails (all in one two-part episode). James gets shot and almost dies so Pa, slightly crazed, takes him away and erects an altar and prays for him out in the woods. "Stone Soup" is a touching episode where a very pregnant Laura struggles to look after the dying tree plot. We are also introduced to Nancy (Harriet, in her sadness over Nellie moving away adopts a replacement) and her famous line "You HATE me!!" Nancy creates a lot of drama as she is more evil than Nellie.

As a big fan of the show, and of the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, I enjoyed this season. It is definitely not true to the books, terribly inaccurate, but as a television show, it is great. Out of the whole series, the first season was the closet in authenticity to Laura's fiction books with more unique plot lines. As the series progressed through the years, it moved further and further from the literature. I also highly recommend the pilot episode to true fans; it is not found on any of the season disks, only separate.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Landon's final season in Walnut Grove July 26, 2005
Season 8 divulges itself as being one of the most "intense" seasons for the series and will bring tears to most fans. Most of the original characters left the show, Mary and Adam leave in the first episode, never to be seen again. Johnothan Garvey (Merlin Olesen) is strangely absent from the entire series and there is not a mention of him throughout the series. Nellie Olesen was replaced by "Nancy" and although the olsens, the Ingalls and Laura and Almonzo are still around, there is a whole new breed of characters. Victor French, not surprisingly comes back for some of the episodes. His family, bascially erased from the storyline, moved on without him as he couldn't "deal with the death of his son." Dabbs Greer (Revenrend Alden) is probably only in about 2 episodes during this season as his character seems to be out of the mix. Katheran McGreggor (Mrs. Olsen) is also around for one last stay, as I think she's gone from future seaons. Dr. Baker, Willie, Laura, Almonzo, Eliza Jane all are here too, but enjoy them now as most will be gone later...Laura and Almonzo (are the exceptions)

Amazingly though, Season 8 is one of my favorite seasons even with the loss of some big name characters. This season focuses on more "sadness, death, and overall morbidity as you will be crying for most of them". Flu Epidemics, Charles and Mr.Edwards seeking revenge, Laura and Almonzo losing their home to a Tornado, Almonzo suffers a stroke, Charles Ingalls son getting shot in a bank robbery, the loss of Mr. Edwards son (John Jr.) in a horrible accident that causes him to become a raging alcoholic and then eventually loses his family in the process. The final 2 hour episode "He was only 12" was one of Michael Landon's best performances as Charles Ingalls.
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