Behind the scenes of TV classic 'Little House on the Prairie'

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Behind the scenes of TV classic 'Little House on the Prairie'
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Halloween Dream' Episode 7 -- Pictured: Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Pilot' -- Aired 03/30/1974 -- Pictured: Various crew on the set -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'At the End of the Rainbow' Episode 10 -- Air Date 12/10/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kelly Thordsen as Baker Makay, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls, Queenie Smith as Miss Whipple -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Blizzard' Episode 11 -- Pictured: crew members -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Hunters' Episode 10 -- Pictured: Stunt coordinator and Michael Landon stand in Hal Burton performs a stunt with a horse -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Lord is My Shepherd: Part 1 & 2' Episode 13/14 -- Aired 12/18/1974 -- Pictured: Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Lord is My Shepherd: Part 1 & 2' Episode 13/14 -- Aired 12/18/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r) Make-up artist, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder, director Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Campout' Episode 9 -- Aired 11/19/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Freedom Flight' Episode 13 -- Aired 12/12/1977 -- Pictured: (right) Chief Geronimo Kuth Le as Long Elk -- Photo by: Ted Shepherd/NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Blind Journey: Part 1 and 2' Episode -- Aired 11/27/78 and 12/4/78 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Journey in the Spring: Part 1' Episode 6 -- Pictured: (Michael Landon (director) (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'To See the World' Episode 23 -- Aired 03/15/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) Victor French as Isaiah Edwards, Mitch Vogel as Johnny Johnson (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Lord is My Shepherd: Part 2' Episode 14 -- Air Date 12/18/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hair stylist Larry Germain, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Halloween Dream' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jonathan Gilbert as Willie Oleson, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Freedom Flight' Episode 13 -- Aired 12/12/1977 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chief Geronimo Kuth Le as Long Elk, costume designer Richalene Kelsay, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls -- Photo by: Ted Shepherd/NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'To See the World' Episode 23 -- Aired 03/15/1975 -- Pictured: Director Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'The Hunters' Episode 10 -- Pictured: Stunt coordinator and Michael Landon stand in Hal Burton -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- Cast Christmas Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Victor French as Isaiah Edwards, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Gold Country' -- Pictured: Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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From 1932 to 1943, Laura Ingalls Wilder published the Little House... books, a series of children's novels based on her childhood in the rugged American Midwest during the late 19th century.

The books were highly successful, and remain in print today.

In the 1970s, NBC executive Ed Friendly began working on a television adaptation, and tapped Bonanza's Michael Landon to direct the two-hour pilot. Landon agreed to direct, under the condition that he could also play the lead role of Charles Ingalls.

Landon cast nine-year-old Melissa Gilbert to play the young Laura Ingalls, and her brother Jonathan to play the role of Willie Oleson. He hired four more pairs of siblings to play roles, including two sets of twins who shared parts.

Though set largely in rural Minnesota, the series was shot chiefly on the Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley, California, with the soundstage at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank.

Premiering in 1974, the series ran for 204 episodes, 87 of which were directed by Landon.

Reruns of the beloved series still air in syndication on several channels.

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