Thursday, December 5, 2013

The positive message in the television show introduction


The television show is Little House on the Prairie.  Original episodes ran from 1974-1983.  The linked website describes the show as "The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West."  There was a real Ingalls family in the 19th century American West, and one of the daughters, named Laura Ingalls, wrote books about her family after she had married a man named Almanzo Wilder.  This is a link to her biography on the Biography website.  This is a link to her biography on the Little House website.  This is a link to her books on Amazon.

This video shows the introduction to one episode of the show.  You will see all five members of the Ingalls family and the names of the actors who play them.

Starting at 23 seconds, watch the three children run down a hill.

The youngest child is the last one to go down the hill.

Watch her:
  1. fall down

  2. get back up

  3. keep walking

The person who was holding the camera when the children ran down the hill could have put the camera down when he saw the youngest child fall down, but he did not do that.

I think that he (or she) knew that most young children have the ability to pick themselves up when they fall.

I also think that he (or she) had met all of the young actresses who had been hired to play the Ingalls children and that all of them, even the youngest, had demonstrated a minimum amount of physical skill when walking on a variety of surfaces, including the small hills in the area where the television show was filmed.

As a result of the cameraman's decision to let the youngest child fall and pick herself up so that she could keep walking, every episode of the show taught a whole generation of Americans that they, too, could fall down, pick themselves up, and keep walking without anyone's help.

I'm proud of that cameraman.

This is a link to the nominations and the awards that this television show received.  The nominations include a Golden Globe nomination for the Best TV Series in the drama category.  The awards include two consecutive People's Choice awards for Favorite Television Dramatic Program in 1978 and 1979.