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"Little House on the Prairie" - series summary.


September 11, 1974 to February 2, 1984
Episodes produced: about a half a million.
NBC Network. 60 minutes running time for most.

Little House on the Prairie

CAST:
Too many to list, due to its 9 year run.

Little House on the Prairie followed the Ingalls family of Charles and Caroline, and their three children Mary, Laura and Carrie. Based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it was the oldest child Mary who would go blind on the series.


KEY "MARY" EPISODES:

In the second season episode "Four Eyes" (Sept. 17, 1975), Mary's eyesight worsens to the point where she needs to get glasses. Her schoolwork improves when she finally gets them, but after being teased by the kids at school, Mary loses her glasses on purpose. It sounds like a simple story, but for those who didn't know what was to come, it was the first step into changing the structure of the series forever. When Mary would later go blind, she would move away, becoming the first to leave the family we knew and loved for four years.

In the fourth season two-part finale "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away" (Mar. 6 & 13, 1978), Mary finally goes blind. The family tries to cope, but they find they cannot handle her bitterness and send her away to a school for the blind. Mary is very resentful in the beginning until she meets Adam. They fall in love and Mary lets go of her bitterness and accepts her fate.

In the fifth season episode "The Wedding" (Nov. 6, 1978), Mary and Adam get married.

In the sixth season episode "Darkness is My Friend" (Jan. 21, 1980), While Adam and Hester Sue are away, Laura stays with Mary at the blind school. Escaped convicts barge into the school and hold the girls hostage. When Laura is sent to get Dr. Baker, she gets her Pa instead who is able to disarm the criminals.

In the sixth season two hour special "May We Make Them Proud" (Feb. 4, 1980), the towns people help in building a brand new blind school. While having a picnic just after it is finished, Albert and a friend steal a pipe and go down to the basement to smoke it. They get caught by Hester Sue who chases them out, but they leave the pipe in a box of rags. Later that night fire breaks out and the blind school burns down, killing Alice Garvey and Mary's baby boy. Albert is later consumed with guilt until he finally breaks and admits to Mary that it was his fault.

In the two-part seventh season episode "To See the Light" (Dec. 1 & 8, 1980), After an explosion gives him a concussion, Adam finds that he is able to see again. He is amazed with the world and begins to take an interest in law again. He applies to law school and pursues a degree. When he is mugged and beaten, he misses his exam, but Mary convinces the instructor to allow Adam a make-up test and he gets his law degree.

Melissa Sue Anderson

OTHER TV SERIES:
LONGSTREET
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.
SABLE
EARLY EDITION
SECOND SIGHT
OTHER MOVIES:
THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962)
WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (1972)
ICE CASTLES (1978)
THE MIRACLE WORKER (1979 TV Movie)
IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR (1982)
HELEN KELLER: THE MIRACLE CONTINUES (1984 TV Movie)
BLIND DATE (1985)
SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL (1989)
JENNIFER 8 (1992)
(Stephen King's) THE LANGOLIERS (1995)
MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE (1998 TV Movie)
AT FIRST SIGHT (1999)

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