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This Is The Real Reason 'Little House on the Prairie' Ended

Why was Little House on the Prairie really cancelled? Michael Landon explained it in 1984.
January 29, 2021 - 18:11 / Clemens Fanger

In 1974, the very popular show Little House on the Prairie first went on the air. After more than 200 episodes, the show was discontinued in the early 1980's and many fans were extremely disappointed. Why was the show cancelled at all?

After its premiere in 1974, the autobiographical show, which is loosely based on the diaries of author Laura Ingalls, quickly gathered a large fan base. The show was discontinued after nine seasons in 1983. 

This Is The Real Reason Little House on the Prairie Ended

Michael Landon, who was the driving force behind the show, explained the cancellation during an interview in 1984.

Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert as "Charles" and "Laura Ingalls".

Michael Landon: "We never imagined it would last this long."

Melissa Gilbert, who, as "Laura Ingalls" had always looked to her father "Charles" for advice, grew up on the show over the years. She even started her own family on the show, as Landon told the New York Times in a 1984 interview.

"I didn't think a married woman should still be coming to her father for advice," Landon said. "When we started this show, we never imagined it would last this long."