Little House on the Prairie
Season 1, Episode 1
Air date September 11, 1974
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Michael Landon
Episode Guide
The Pilot
Country Girls


"Home is the nicest word there is." The Ingalls settle on the banks of Plum Creek in Walnut Grove. In order to set up the farm, Charles must take on several jobs at once. He even commits to giving up his oxen if he fails to complete one of his projects by the agreed date. When Charles is injured during a family picnic, he can no longer carry out his responsibilities. The children attempt to do the heavy labor until the men of Walnut Grove pitch in to complete the job. In the end, Charles keeps his promise... and his oxen!



  • Reverend Alden seems to be much harsher in this episode (compared to most others). What he says at the end of his sermon seems heavier, but it is in response to some of the husbands/fathers (including Charles) not being in attendance.
  • Though not explained in the episode, in the books, Laura and Mary go to school the first days in shorter dresses and that is how they were immediately picked out as being "country girls". But it was never explicated and quickly changed.?
  • At the very beginning, Laura says "If I had a remembrance book..." Then, later in the episode, she says, "In my remembrance book, I marked down..." It seems the writers couldn't decide if Laura really had a remembrance book, or if she was just wishing she had one.?
  • Ramon Bieri, who played Mr. Liam O'Neill in this episode, died of cancer in May 2001, about 27 years after this episode was filmed. He was 72 years old.?



LHOP S01E01 A Harvest of Friends45:59

LHOP S01E01 A Harvest of Friends

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