Little House on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 1

A Harvest of Friends

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 11, 1974 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (8)

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  • The first actual episode of the series, and one of the best as Charles and Caroline Ingalls arrive in Walnut Grove with their three young girls and decide to settle there on the banks of Plum Creek.

    A marvellous television experience as the Ingalls family decide to settle in Walnut Grove. Charles has a part-time job at Hansen's Lumber Mill and Caroline busies herself taking care of the family in the new home that Charles builds with his own hands.

    When he requires a new plough and seed to start his crop, the nasty Mrs. Olsen from the mercantile refuses him any credit and so, he makes an arrangement to build a new roof and stack sacks of grain for another local merchant. He has 3 weeks to complete his end of the bargain or he will forfeit his team of oxen. Unfortunately, whilst climbing a tree to retrieve a kite during a family picnic, Charles falls and breaks four ribs. Dr. Baker insists that he stay in bed for several days, but, by doing so, he will lose his oxen and, therefore, his ability to plough his field so he goes back to work, barely able to move. Little Laura and Mary help him and when he takes yet another fall, the townsfolk, who have seen what a hard worker he is all pitch in to help so his job can be finished on time.

    On top of that, they decide to hold a ploughing competition and ask Charles if they may use his land. This kind gesture means he gets to keep his beasts AND get his fields ploughed. A harvest of friends indeed.
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