During the 1970s and into the early 1980s, Little House on the Prairie was an incredibly popular television show. The series – which centred around the Ingalls family – was a hit in the US, and was sold around the world.
Because of the success of the series, the Little House legacy has continued long after the show came to an end. Even today, the series remains in regular rotation worldwide and draws the attention of new audiences wherever it airs.
But what if you wish to watch all of the series in order? Well, if that’s the case you need to know when to watch the series, as well as when to watch the Little House TV movies – yep, there are movies too!
Below you will find the entire running order of Little House on the Prairie, to provide a rundown of what you need to watch, and when you need to watch it. This post covers the initial pilot movie, as well as all nine seasons of the series, and a collection of television movies.
Explaining Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie made its debut in March 1974, in the form of a pilot movie, appropriately titled Little House on the Prairie. The movie – directed by Michael Landon – was a hit with audiences and was quickly turned into a television series, which began airing from September of the same year.
The show remained on air for nine seasons, with the final season getting a slight retitle (A New Beginning). This season was not the ratings winner that previous seasons were, and the show was brought to a close in 1983.
However, despite the cancellation of Little House, the series remained popular and following the conclusion of the series, the show was revived for three television movies. The movies included: Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983), Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (1984), and Little House: The Last Farewell (1984).
The Little House on the Prairie in order
If you plan to watch Little House on the Prairie in its entirety, then you will need to follow this order:
- Little House on the Prairie (1974)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 1 (1974)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 2 (1975)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 3 (1976)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 4 (1977)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 5 (1978)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 6 (1979) + The Little House Years TV special*
- Little House on the Prairie Season 7 (1980)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 8 (1981)
- Little House on the Prairie Season 9: A New Beginning (1982)
- Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983)
- Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (1984)
- Little House: The Last Farewell (1984)
*Season Six included a ‘clip show’ television special.
Please note: When the 1983/1984 trio of television movies first aired, Bless All the Dear Children and The Last Farewell were broadcast out of order, with Bless All the Dear Children hitting screens as the final entry in the movie collection. The above order, with The Last Farewell appearing last, is how the movies should be viewed.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by It’s A Stampede! to read this post about the viewing order for Little House on the Prairie. If you watch the series and movies in the order above, you will see all of the Ingalls family’s adventures in Walnut Grove as they were intended.
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