Little House on the Prairie

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 8+

Favorite show

. This show is mostly wholesome and family friendly. I would very much suggest screening the episodes before watching with young children because some episodes feature scary situations or difficult emotional situations. I haven’t seen all of the episodes yet but I will share some info about spam episodes parent may want to know. . (SPOILERS) Many, many episodes deal with death. This is life on the prairie before many vaccinations and modern medicine. People get sick and die. One particular episode, bad people sell meat of animals with anthrax causing an anthrax epidemic that kill many people and nearly kill some main characters. Some characters want to kill those that sold knowingly sold the infected meat. One episode there is a fire in the blind school which ends in the death of Alice Garvey and Mary’s baby “adam jr”. The scene is graphic and may be to intense for certain children There is some racism (as this is set not long after the civil war). The main family however shows that it is wrong. In one episode Caroline contemplates cutting off her leg after she gets an infection in her leg that causes her so much pain she can barely stand and makes her frequently pass out alone in her house (Charles was on a trip with the girls so no one knew that she needed a doctor ) She is even seen holding a knife. Nels Olsen (a married man) goes on a trip and begins having flirtations with a woman and a boarding house. He gives her an expensive present. He dances with her and eventually they kiss. He gets caught by Charles. The relationship doesn’t get any more physical than a couple of kisses but still inappropriate for a married man. He and Mrs Olsen get back together but he never tells her he nearly had an affair. (It May be implied that he did but I’m not sure)

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age 12+

A teenager wrote this

I love this show! At least until Pa leaves. It is so good and dramatic and funny! I would skip some episodes however. There is a little too much violence but there is also great role models and good messages. However there are also some racists comments made. Definitely recommend but don’t watch with young kids

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Educational value
Great messages
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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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