Growing up, I remember laying on my stomach on the shag carpet in our den, chin resting in my hands, and eyes glued to our TV screen. Little House on the Prairie was on NBC, and it was my favorite TV show.
I watched a lot of the early episodes on syndication, but I remember feeling devastated when the series ended in 1983. I just couldn’t get enough.
This is why I let out a cheer that Amazon just announced all nine seasons of the hit series are now available to stream on Prime.
I mean, what’s not to love? The show was based on the iconic autobiographical book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder detailing life on her family’s small farm near the village of Walnut Grove in Minnesota. Each show was based on real people and actual events. If the pioneer days aren’t sexy enough for you, Little House was among the first shows to tackle controversial issues such as alcoholism, faith, poverty, marital strife, and racism.
While the show centered around Melissa Gilbert’s “Laura”, the entire cast was fantastic. Hunky Michael Landon as the dad, sweet Mary, mean-girl Nelly and her equally crabby mom, and of course, Maw, who always knew how to make everything better.
Little House is timeless. It takes us back to an era we can’t relate to, but with events that are still relevant in today’s world. And although I am no Pollyanna, I love the wholesome, heartwarming feel of the show, so my three kids will be joining me on the couch so we can share some of my favorite episodes. I may even get some matching bonnets.
So, we’ll be binge-watching one of the greatest shows that ever aired while trying to let all those great one-liners sink into our souls.
As Laura says, “Home is the nicest word there is.” And there’s no better home than Little House.