‘Little House on the Prairie’ Comes to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Some People Aren’t Happy About It

Little House on the Prairie has a lot of fans. But not everyone loves the classic TV show about pioneer life starring Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon. That includes some loyal Hallmark Movies & Mysteries viewers. When the network announced it would be airing episodes of Little House on weekday afternoons, the response from some people was less than enthusiastic. 

‘Little House on the Prairie’ joins Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ weekday lineup 

Little House on the Prairie: Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert with baby Lucy Lee Flippin on Little House on the Prairie | NBCU Photo Bank

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On Jan. 24, the official Hallmark Movies & Mysteries social media channels announced that Little House on the Prairie would air weekdays at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT). 

“We have some exciting news – #LittleHouseOnThePrairie has a new home starting tomorrow! Join us for adventures on the prairie,” read an update on Instagram

Three back-to-back episodes will air on weekdays, according to the channel’s current schedule, which is available through Feb. 20. Little House on the Prairie originally aired for nine seasons on NBC between 1974 and 1983. 

‘Little House’ isn’t a mystery, some viewers complain 

Michael Landon as Pa Ingalls
Michael Landon of Little House on the Prairie | NBCU Photo Bank

On social media, some commenters expressed excitement that Little House on the Prairie was coming to the channel. 

“Best show of ALL time!!!!,” one Instagram user wrote. “Yes!!! I can’t wait!!!,” another commented. 

But many people objected to the programming decision. Little House on the Prairie just doesn’t belong on a network dedicated to mysteries and movies, they argued. 

“Not a movie or a mystery,” an unhappy viewer pointed out. “So many other mystery shows they could play. Why not some of the older Hallmark mystery series?”

There are plenty of other places to watch ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ some grumble

Mary and Laura in a wagon
Melissa Sue Anderson and Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie | NBCU Photo Bank

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Some viewers felt there was no reason for Little House to air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries when there are so many other places to watch it. Little House also airs on non-Hallmark channels, including UPtv and Cozi TV. Episodes are also available to stream for free on IMDbTV. 

“Enough of Little House. Every channel seems to have it on. There are so many older shows that can be played. And if you play it do it for one hour as intended when it originally aired,” wrote another disappointed fan of the channel. 

Other commenters said they wanted to see a greater variety of mystery-focused shows and movies, such as Psych, The Rockford Files, and The Mentalist. Several argued that Little House on the Prairie was a better fit for Hallmark Drama, which also airs shows such as The Waltons; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; and Touched By an Angel. 

“Enough of Little House. Every channel seems to have it on. There are so many older shows that can be played,” commented one person who had clearly had enough of the Ingalls family. 

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