Little House on the Prairie
Rated G, 18 hours
Starring: Michael Landon
Here is what the cover has to say:
Mary and John fall deeply in love and m ust make serious decisions about their future - Laura demonstrates tremendous courage when Charles is criticaly wounded on a hunting trip - Carrie wanders off and narrowly avoids tragedy when she is rescued from a mine shaft - A child, initially rejected by hsi grandfather because his father was Indian, earns his Grandad's respect - Important lessons are learned when a young black child comes to stay with the Ingalls - With their crops destroyed, Charles decides to take his family to seek their fortune in teh gold mines with disturbing results...
The Collection (aired on September 27, 1976):
Reverend Alden gets sick while collecting donations, and Caleb Hodgekiss, an ex-convict, helps the Reverend by giving him a place to stay and volunteering to get the donations from Walnut Grove. Initially, Caleb has every intention of disappearing with the towns-people's donation,s but has a change of heart when he discovers their kindness.
I'll Ride the Wind (aired on October 18, 1976):
JOhn is offered a college scholarship in Chicago that will allow him to live his dream of becoming a writer. This causes the young couple much heartache as they msut decide wheather to remain together or risk a separation for John's career.
The Race (aired on October 11, 1976):
Laura and her horse Bunny are favored to win the upcoming race in Walnut Grove. However, Mrs. Oleson, believes the victory should go to Nellie, and to guarantee her sucdess, she purchases a thoroughbred and even provides the trophy!
Bunny (aired on October 4, 1976):
Nellie fallso ff of Laura's horse, Bunny, and pretends to be paralyzed. Mrs. Oleson blames Laura for this and believes Bunny should be destroyed. Nellie is found out by Laura who becomes so angry that she pushes her wheelchari down a hill, pitching Nellie headfirst into the pond!
The Monster of Walnut Grove (aired on November 1, 1976):
Laura's imagination runs wild on Halloween when she believes she sees Nels cut off Mrs. Oleson's head. Laura tells Nellie and Willie what she has witnessed. The Oleson children are frightened, but only at first - giving them the chance to have some fun at Laura's expense!
Journey in the Spring (2 Parts aired on November 15 & 22, 1976):
Charles' father, Lansford Ingalls, loses the will to live after his wife passes away. Charles brings him to Walnut Grove to be near his loved ones. Laura and her Grandad become clsoe, but when her horse is injured, she bleieves him to be responsible.
Fred (aired on November 29, 1976):
Laura is tricked into adopting a “unique” billy goat. Unfortunately, he becomes quite unpopular when he helps himself to the Ingalls’s crops! Laura is quickly instructed to get rid of her new pet – something she learns is not as easy as it may seem!
The Bully Boys (aired on December 6, 1976):
The Galender brothers settle in Walnut Grove causing trouble for the entire community by intimidating and terrorizing the inhabitants. Charles decides to take action when his wife becomes a victim.
The Hunters (aired on December 20, 1976):
Charles is seriously wounded during a hunting trip with Laura. The only person she can find to help her is Sam, who is blind, but still able to find his way in the forest. Together, they bring Charles to Sam’s cabin and search for Mr. Edwards.
Blizzard (aired on January 3, 1977):
When a serious snowstorm threatens to strand the children in the schoolhouse on the last day before Christmas vacation, Miss Beadle dismisses the children early. Unfortunately, many are unable to get home and the men of Walnut Grove must organize a search party.
Little Girl Lost (aired on January 10, 1977):
Laura and Mary must collect insects for a school project. Carrie goes along with them and allows Mary’s bugs to escape. Angry and frustrated, Mary instructs Carrie to wait for them and to stay out of trouble, but Carrie wanders off and falls into a deserted mine shaft.
Quarantine (aired on January 17, 1977):
Mr. Edwards and Doc Baker provide help to a nearby town during a mountain fever epidemic. When Mr. Edwards returns, Walnut Grove is placed under Quarantine and Alicia, Mr. Edward’s adopted daughter becomes ill with the disease. Laura, unaware of the danger, visits the Edwards’ home and helps nurse her friend back to health.
Little Women (aired on January 24, 1977):
While Laura and Mary Prepare a play for school with Ginny Clark, they learn that she wants her mother, who is a single parent, to date again. Ginny decides to use the play to help her Mom gain the confidence necessary to meet new people.
Injun Kid (aired on January 31, 1977):
Joseph Stokes, the son of a Sioux Indian, moves to Walnut Grove with his widowed mother to live with his grandfather, Jeremy. The old man rejects Joseph because he is ashamed that his daughter married an Indian. Josephs’ encounter with school bullies causes his grandfather to have a change of heart.
To Live with Fear (two parts aired on February 14 & 21, 1977):
After an accident in the barn, Mary’s injury refuses to heal. Fearing the worst, her parents take her to a specialist who must operate immediately. Charles leaves Walnut Grove and risks his own health working at a dangerous job to earn the money to pay for Mary’s care.
The Wisdom of Solomon (aired on March 7, 1977):
Solomon Henry, an eleven-year-old black boy, runs away from his family because he is tired of being treated differently. He lives with the Ingalls for a while and during his stay, is fortunate enough to attend school.
The Music Box (aired on March 14, 1977):
Nellie discovers that Laura has “borrowed” a music box from her room and decides to blackmail her. In order to stay quiet about Laura’s crime, Nellie demands that Laura abandon her new friend Anna, who has a stutter, and join her new Club.
The Election (aired on March 21, 1977):
The school holds an election for school president. Mary, Nellie and Elmer, an unpopular boy amongst the children, are in the running. Mary drops out of the race when she realizes Elmer is the best person for the job.
Gold Country (aired on April 4, 1977):
After their crops are destroyed, the Ingalls and the Edwards’ leave Walnut Grove to try their luck at prospecting gold. Their excitement and optimism soon give way to disappointment when they realize greed is poisoning their minds.