10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Little House On The Prairie’
With cable TV and endless streaming services, there is no shortage of options of what to watch on TV, but sometimes it is always best to go back to the classics. One of the most classic TV series without a doubt is Little House on the Prairie which ran for an impressive nine seasons from September 1974 to May 1982. The show may have ended over 30 years ago, but its fanbase has not subsided in any way, and over the years, more and more has been spilled about what filming the show was actually like! Check out 10 things you didn’t know about Little House on the Prairie.
10. Getting Tears
Little House on the Prairie featured quite a few child actors who had to take on a lot of heavy acting requests. Crying on demand for scenes is something even veteran actors struggle with, so star, director, writer and producer Michael Landon had a “trick” to get the child actors to cry for a scene. Melissa Gilbert, who portrayed Laura Ingalls, revealed that Landon would get himself emotional and then with tears in his eyes would ask her, “Do you know how much I love you?” to which she would get teary and emotional as well and would be ready to film the scene.
9. The Strike
Little House on the Prairie holds the distinction of being the only primetime non-reality series to stay in production during the actors’ strike in 1980 and writers’ strike in 1981. Michael Landon stepped up as a representative of NBC and negotiated deals with both the SAG and WGA which allowed the show to continue filming under a separate contract.