Watch This: Little House On The Prairie captured the charm of its source material

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: HBO’s The Casual Vacancy has us thinking about other book-to-TV adaptations.

Little House On The Prairie, “Country Girls” (season one, episode two; originally aired 9/18/1974)

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books have captivated young readers since they were first published nearly a century ago. So the series’ jump to TV in the ’70s seemed like a natural transition. But NBC’s Little House On The Prairie used Wilder’s books as a springboard more than a blueprint. The only Little House episode that appears to have a direct connection to the books is the first pilot in 1974, as Pa takes Ma and his three young daughters traveling across the Great Plains. The family eventually settles on Plum Creek, near the tiny burg of Walnut Grove. From …

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