Little House on the Prairie premiered on television back in 1974. The famous show would go on to have nine seasons detailing the life of the Ingalls family in the village of Walnut Grove. The show would become a classic as it raked up incredible Nielsen ratings and critical accolades. Those are the known facts. Now let’s talk about some of the wild and more unknown facts about the show!
They were hard drinkers on set!
You couldn’t get away with this nowadays, at least not without a significant donation to a charity for A.A., but back in the day the Little House crew would drink three cases of beer each day. When filming ended each day the cast would bust out ‘the hard stuff’.
Michael Landon had to dye his hair, often.
Pa Ingall went grey early. In fact, actor Michael Landon had to start dying his hair while he was in his 20’s. Dying and re-dying his hair would cause production delays on occasion as the sun scorched the color right out. Environmental education students are wincing at all of the chemical waste.