Charles Ingalls and his family have been finding living in Kansas difficult. No only do they have issues with Native Americans but also with wild animals, particularly wolves, and weather issues which make it very difficult for Charles to support his wife, Caroline, and their growing family of little girls.
Unhappily, Charles decides that it's necessary to move to another part of the country and start again, leaving behind friends that he has made and a place he loves. The journey into Minnesota takes the family to various places but finally, they think they may have found just the place on the banks of Plum Creek.
Little House on the Prairie was a terrific, nonviolent family show that lasted for years. This pilot episode sets the tone for the series. Unfortunately, many children nowadays are not aware of the reruns of the series. This particular episode has the family leaving the Big Woods and going into Kansas to build a little house on the prairie. I bought the DVD recently to show my class to illustrate the word "prairie." My inner city students did not have a clue what the prairie is. I showed them this episode over many days, and they have fallen in love with the Ingalls family and Mr. Edwards. The part of the show when Mr. Edwards comes for Christmas dinner to share gifts and food with the family is a beautiful part of this pilot. This type of programming, like Little House on the Prairie, is needed today and would be a welcome addition for family viewing.
This is the most authentic episode created. This stays true to the book and adventures of the Ingalls family. This is a good introduction to the series which strays from the books more and more with each season. This episode shows the family traveling to their new home and the trials they face in Indian territory. This episode also shows their Christmas with Mr. Edwards. The actors stay true to the characters except for Mr. Edwards beard and Pa's lack of. I think this is the best episode of the entire series because it is entertaining to watch and accurate in depicting those events in Laura Ingalls life.