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*Little House on the Prairie, a series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's popular series of books, aired on NBC for 9 seasons, 1974-1983. The 1982-83 season is the "New Beginning" year without Michael Landon. In addition to those 204 episodes, several movie-length specials aired afterwards.
*An ABC miniseries produced under the Wonderful World of Disney banner adapted the books in 2005.
*The show started as a Wednesday night program and then moved to Monday nights for season 3. In its prime, the next 5 or so seasons, it was a big hit for NBC--a top 20 show and a top 10 show in two seasons.
*The books I mention on the podcast are Michael Landon: His Triumph and Tragedy by Aileen Joyce and Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim.
*The series' directors include Landon (89 episodes), William Claxton (68), Maury Dexter (21), Victor French (18), and then Leo Penn (3) and a handful of guys who did one episode each.
*The series won multiple People's Choice Awards but was left out of most Emmy categories throughout its run.
*"Blizzard" premiered Monday, January 3, 1977, leading off the night on NBC and followed by Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys.
CBS' lineup was Rhoda, Phyllis, Maude, All's Fair, and Executive Suite. ABC welcomed some of the Happy Days cast to a rerun of Captain and Tennille, followed by Paul Winfield in Green Eyes.
*I want to mention the episode-by-episode podcast From Plum Creek with Love. I listened to John Hernandez's summary of "Blizzard" after we recorded this podcast. The episode mentions the real-life Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888, an inspiration for "Blizzard." The storm caught many folks off guard due to relatively (I mean, it was still January, and this was after a big storm and a cold spell) warm weather early in the day before the snow hit.
*The episode with Ernest Borgnine is Season 1's "The Lord Is My Shepherd," a two-parter in streaming that was originally aired as one movie-length episode.
*Season 3's "The Monster of Walnut Grove" is the episode with the Headless Horsemen...or is it? The big baseball game is Season 2's "In the Big Inning." Merlin Olsen debuts as Jonathan Garvey in Season 4's premiere, "The Castoffs." Season 9's "For the Love of Blanche" is the orangutan episode!