NBC (ended 1983)
If the pilot was shot in 1974, when the first show aired, they would have turned four that May. She (they) seemed to have speech delay; that is why I think the writers kept their dialogue to a minimum. In later episodes, they got a little more screen time, but I just saw an episode from Season 4 and the way Carrie talked and acted seemed more expected for someone much younger.
I just recently posted almost the same exact question on another LH board. Melissa Gilbert says they were two and I quote her "tiny, tiny babies", LSG says she was two, but the birth dates don't match this unless they're wrong, they should be 4 in the Pilot, but in season one they talk and run like they're 2ish, they can't enunciate, four year olds should be able to, they probably are smaller being twins, honestly they never seemed exactly, how should I say it, um bright, so it's my opinion that they were either developmentally delayed or they lied about their birthdays for child labor reasons (or both).
I'm not exactly sure about their ages, so I could be completely wrong, but just by looking at them in the pilot, there's no way they were four. It's possible that they were three, but not older than that. It's possible that the pilot was filmed much earlier, before it aired. Again, though, I'm not positive. All I know is that I listened to an audio interview from Lindsay Greenbush on prairiefans.com, and I'm almost sure that she said they were going on three years old during filming. Also, as catsmeow said, Melissa Gilbert said in an interview once, "They were baby, baby, babies. They were two years old. Tiny little babies."
LOL, I can't believe I didn't figure out that it stood for Michael Landon--I should have totally known that!! LOL, thanks for the reminder, catsmeow Hopefully I won't get another brain lapse like that!
And yes, I agree with you, WalnutGrove, in that the girls' monotone became much less apparent in the later years. Actually, in Seasons 7 and 8, Lindsay and Sidney were MUCH better, and their dialogue flowed more naturally. I'm thinking particularly of that scene from Season 8's "Uncle Jed," when Carrie and Cassandra were talking up in the loft about having servants and living in a big house. Does anyone else remember that part? I don't know which Greenbush girl it was (I think it was Sidney), but that was one of her stronger scenes in the entire series. She did a nice job. It would have been interesting to see Carrie in another large role in that 8th season, just to see how the girls would have handled it. They deserved to have another chance to redeem themselves after "The Godsister." The more I think about it, the more I think the Greenbushes were NOT at fault with that episode. The writers and directors were also largely to blame, for putting them in a situation like that. Even a great young actress like Melissa Gilbert would have had trouble pulling off such a ridiculous plot. However, I will stop there, because the "Godsister" discussion has made its rounds in this forum, and there's really no point in digging it up again.
Regarding "The Godsister" episode with the twins: I just wrote a review of it and one thing I noted is that I don 't think it was that bad at all. And comparing Carrie to Cassandra in a later episode: I noticed that when they stood side-by-side, Carrie was around the same height as Cassie was, yet I think Cassie was younger. And you can also compare speaking abilities and age. By the age of 7, most children are pronouncing words with ease and speaking at a fast clip. Carrie was halting in her speech, but as I noted earlier, she improved with age.
There is a huge difference between Cassandra and Carrie. Missy Francis could act and the Greenbush could not Even in season 9 carrie seemed just as retarded as in the first seasons. It's a shame they did not replaced her cause there could have been a lot of carrie episodes.
btw just went to the Godsister page and saw three people who gave the Godsister a 10. They are joking right?
Yeah, I also noticed those three "Godsister" reviews that all gave the episode a Perfect 10 rating. Those seemed a little suspicious to me. The three reviews were each just about the same length and all contained similar terms and ideas about Lindsay and Sidney's "amazing talent" and how "wonderful" it was to have them both in the same episode. This gave me the impression that they were all written by the same person. I have my own theory on that, but I think I'll keep it to myself...