There’s plenty of reasons why “Little House on the Prairie” lasted nearly a decade. The loveable cast, meaningful storylines, and chemistry between the characters are just a few factors that led to its success.
In the show’s released blooper reel, the chemistry is evident, both on and off the screen.
Even though the video is under three minutes, you can tell the cast genuinely loved coming to the set every day and spending time with their on-screen family.
Even though it finished taping in 1984, “Little House” is still widely regarded as one of the most beloved shows in history.
‘Little House On The Prairie’ Still Treasured Today
Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic book series, “Little House on the Prairie” centered on Charles Ingalls and his family. However, the show’s real star was child actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura.
Even though viewers of all ages enjoyed the show, it wasn’t shy about depicting uncomfortable themes. For example, in one episode, Mary went blind, in another, her brother became addicted to morphine, and there was even a plot centered on a rape storyline.
Since the series finale, some of the show’s stars have long passed on. In 1993, Michael Landon died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Victor French and Merlin Olsen, who had recurring roles on “Little House on the Prairie,” died in 1989 and 2010. Richard Bull, who played Nels Oleson, passed away in 2014.
Even though some former cast members have passed away, others are still very much alive and close with one another.
While Laura’s nemesis on the show was Nellie Oleson, their off-screen was quite different. In an interview, Gilbert described their friendship: “My best friend on the show was Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie. And she’s still a really good friend of mine,” she said. “In fact, she took me to have my last colonoscopy.”
Arngrim, who traded her “Little House” role for comedy, said in an interview that while she and Gilbert were close, their co-star Melissa Sue Anderson “acted like she thought Melissa and I were juvenile delinquents and she was the real actress.”
Anderson also admitted that she didn’t have much to say about Gilbert in her memoir, Confessions of a Prairie B*tch, because they weren’t friends.
“I honestly do not have a lot of memories of the two of us,” she recalled. “We were very, very different.”