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An Unforgetable Character: Harriet Oleson

Updated on December 7, 2013

"The Villain You Love to Hate"

Because Harriet Oleson was one of the main characters on "Little House on the Prairie," I knew it would be an eventful roller coaster ride that I wanted to take by watching the show.

The TV series, "Little House on the Prairie," is based on the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her life on a prairie in Kansas. Her family is usually in opposition with the Olesons except for Mr. Oleson who is, many times, in opposition with his family also. Mrs. Oleson was rarely quiet and she had an opinion about everything and everybody and usually felt a strong need to share her opinions.

The two interviews, that I have included, with Katherine MacGregor, give a clear picture of the ride that Mrs. Oleson takes her neighbors and the viewers of "Little House on the Prairie" on.

You can still find the re-runs of "Little House on the Prairie" on television. It was first aired in 1974 and ended in 1983 but the series still entertains new and returning audiences. "Little House" is a family series which brings alive the real feelings of many different people in different walks of life and on different journeys in life. The historical scenes in each episode share visually what life was like in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The subject matter of many of the episodes are also historical and give insight into the thinking of the people of that time.

I encourage you to find the re-runs on TV or purchase the DVDs and books. You won't be disappointed because the emotional rollercoaster rides provided by Harriet Oleson will keep you entertained.


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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Harriet Oleson was for sure quite a caracter in the Little House on the Prairie! A neighbour that I would prefer not to have ;-)

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