Based on the autobiographical novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved "Little House on the Prairie" television series that ran from 1974 through 1983 charmed audiences young and old. The series followed the story of the Ingalls family and their adventures in 1870s Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The young Laura (Melissa Gilbert) is a spunky tomboy who learns a number of valuable lessons about life from her earnest, hardworking father, Charles (Michael Landon) and gentle, strong-hearted mother, Caroline (Karen Grassle). Laura is surrounded by her sisters -- the beautiful, blind Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), playful Carrie (played by twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush), and the baby, Grace (twins Brenda and Wendi Turnbaugh). The series also featured a host of memorable characters including the town gossip, Mrs. Olsen, her kindly husband and bratty children, Nellie and Willie. Later episodes also featured Laura's romance with Almanzo Wilder and her new life as a wife and mother.